ANDP at 25: The Importance of “Partnership”

andp25Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) celebrates a special milestone this week – 25 years of affordable housing development and advocacy.  Past and current ANDP leaders say the organization’s most important accomplishments have been made possible because of its partnerships. Continue reading

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Reflecting on Our History and Journey

Dennis Creech, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Southface

Dennis Creech, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Southface

By: Dennis Creech, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Southface

As we approach our 18th Visionary Dinner event on Thursday, September 8 at the Georgia Aquarium, I find myself looking back at the early days of our organization and the first events that brought together volunteers who believed in transforming our energy economy into an environmentally responsible model. Continue reading

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Securing the infrastructure for an affordable, inclusive Atlanta

regional housingThe City of Atlanta is experiencing new investment and development that are transformative.  Potential new public investments resulting from MARTA and SPLOST referendums will ensure the City has more growth, new businesses and increasing incomes for many Atlanta residents.  But what will be the legacy of this growth and public investment 10 or 20 years in the future? The unintended consequences of development are increasingly regressive and displacing low- and moderate-income families. What will be the impact of these investments without substantial actions and funds to ensure housing development in the City of Atlanta is available to diverse populations and incomes?   Continue reading

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ULI Awards of Excellence to honor places that drive revenue and development

In the late 1780’s, while serving as minister to France, Thomas Jefferson wrote about how enchanted he was with the architecture in Paris. According to one letter, he was “violently smitten” and visited a particular building along the Seine River almost every day. So moved was he that 10 years later, when he sought to enlarge and update Monticello, his U.S. residence in Charlottesville, Va., he embarked on renovations inspired by the very buildings he had studied while abroad.  Continue reading

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Georgia Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan Provides More Inclusive Energy Efficiency Access

By Alex Trachtenberg

A multifamily affordable housing energy efficiency (EE) program including access to whole-building data was proposed by Southface and the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) Georgia team as part of the 2016 Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) brought before the Public Service Commission (PSC). Historically, Southface has participated in the PSC Demand Side Management Working Group as an advocate for more EE investment, and has partnered with Georgia Power on EE programs. This year, however, Southface was also an intervener in the IRP proceeding. Continue reading

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Summertime’s a Wrap: Reflecting on Vacation and Land Use

By Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director ULI Atlanta

One of the great privileges of travel is that it allows us to return and look at our homes and communities with a fresh set of eyes. I always come back from more walkable places, particularly those with stronger transit networks, with a renewed commitment to walk my kids to school more, use the basket on my bike more, and use the great resource that is MARTA more. I think, if given the chance to reimagine our land use patterns particularly with ‘vacation eyes’, essentially all 1,200 ULI Atlanta members would imagine an Atlanta region where our kids can bike to school, we could all walk to a neighborhood bakery (or bar), we could hop on the train or streetcar to get to work. Yes, it would be a far more sustainable and economically viable way to live and for Atlanta to grow but equally important to me, it would simply feel better. Continue reading

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Q&A with Southface’s Director of Policy: Lisa Bianchi-Fossati

Last month Southface was pleased to welcome Lisa Bianchi-Fossati to its staff as Policy Director. In this role Lisa will build upon the achievements of Southface in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions with legislatures and utility commissions. She will also help develop an expanded agenda on policy matters, including energy codes, green infrastructure and sustainable development strategies. Continue reading

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Announcing the Center for Leadership Graduates of 2016

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 ULI Atlanta graduated the seventh Center for Leadership class. With the gracious support of our alumni, volunteers, and sponsors, we are pleased to announce the graduates of the Class of 2016! Continue reading

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Addressing the Three Cs to Increase the Homeownership Rate

By Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

Homeownership in America today is at a crossroads. The rate of homeownership is steadily declining, and by some estimates will decline even more sharply in the decade ahead as millennials choose to rent instead of own their homes. But these forecasts of a decline in homeownership are based on static assumptions about public policy and the effectiveness and growth of private sector and nonprofit programs that would encourage homeownership. They also ignore the fact that while millennials are not buying homes now, eighty percent of millennials overall and 87 percent of African-American and 84 percent of Hispanics say that owning a home is an important part of the American dream. Continue reading

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How ULI Atlanta developed a retail plan for Sweet Auburn, including nurturing “sparks of life”

Combine a historic commercial district in the heart of a major U.S. market with a walkable street grid, turn-of-the-century buildings, a dense neighborhood of Victorian bungalows, a major university, cultural attractions, regional access, a burgeoning nightlife scene and a new streetcar. The current result: surprisingly, blight. Continue reading

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