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Atlanta Mayor Wants to Put a Moratorium on Housing Development, Wants Parts of the City to Remain Poor

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According to an Alive 11 report back in February, that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms unveiled a moratorium on new development activity in Westside Park, a historically black community.

All of this was justified under the grounds of fighting gentrification.

“A key pillar to the Administration’s comprehensive affordable housing plan is ensuring long-term residents are not priced out of the neighborhoods they have built,” Mayor Bottoms said in a press release. “We know that every permit triggers some form of change in these communities, and it is of the utmost importance that development is carried out in a deliberate, fair and thoughtful manner.”

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The moratorium is expected to last 180 days, approximately six months, and will apply to “new applications for rezonings, building permits for new construction, land disturbance permits, special use permits, special administrative permits, subdivisions, replattings, and lot consolidations for non-public project.”

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It is expected to not affect existing projects.

The mayor’s office declared that the moratorium will allow officials to have more time for identifying an “Immediate Impact Area” that will be most impacted by development around Westside Park. In response to this, they will develop an “Equitable Development Framework” for that area.

The mayor’s office published a map of that potential area, which spans Grove Park and two smaller communities, Rockdale and Knight Park/Howell Station, which have already experienced significant levels of gentrification.

Grove Park is already seen significant rises in property values. According to the Zillow home value index, the media home value was $95,000 in January 18. Two years later, the home values nearly increased twofold.

According to the real estate company’s predictions, that number is expected to pass $200,000 by the end of 2020.

Although most cities would kill to have rising property values, which is a strong sign of a thriving economy, Atlanta prefers to limit economic opportunities by putting a halt on development.

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Humanitarian Organization Deploys Field Hospital to New York City

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Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization based in North Carolina, announced on March 27, 2020 that they are sending a convoy of trucks carrying one of their Emergency Field Hospitals to New York City.

New York City is the epicenter of the Wuhan virus pandemic in America. Samaritan’s Purse staff is already on the field making preparations and a team of medical personnel, made up of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, are currently heading to the city.

Right now, New York City hospital are being strained with patients and are running out of beds and ventilators. One hospital is already placing two patients on a single ventilator machine. So far, north of 23,000 people in New York City have the Wuhan virus with the number of new cases nearly doubling every three days.

Samaritan’s Purse plans on adding 68 beds, which includes an ICU and a respiratory care unit.

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The organization is also responding to the Wuhan virus crisis in Cremona, Italy, which is the worst affected area outside of United States.

Samaritan’s Purse donated 55,000 masks this week to hospitals and health facilities across North Carolina.

Franklin Graham, the President of the Samaritan’s Purse, declared:

God has called Samaritan’s Purse to rush into crisis areas to save lives and to share the   Good News that Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the Cross and rose from the grave to save all who put their faith in Him. No matter where we go, our goal is the same—to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to share His love with those in need.

Samaritan’s Purse action shows how America’s vigorous civil society is tacking this crisis.

Despite what state worshippers say, America’s civil society is ready to help out.

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