Letter to the editor: prof. Mike Dobbins skeptical about BeltLine's real value

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"The park part is great if you live in the project's northeast quadrant, where over two-thirds of the project's $360 million have been spent," writes Mike Dobbins, professor of practice at Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning, about the Atlanta BeltLine project. "Elsewhere lower income neighborhoods, mostly African American, have gone through BeltLine-induced speculation, displacement, suffered more during the Great Recession, and continue to struggle," he adds. A large reason for this, Dobbins notes, is that "affordable" housing is defined at 100 percent of area median income (AMI) for homebuyers - which does not allow for new, low-income residents to move to the built-up northeast quadrant. 

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