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Guest Column: Taking Care of Atlanta's Westside

On Tuesday, August 22, Chick-fil-A Foundation Executive Director Rodney Bullard was featured as a guest columnist on The Saporta Report. Below is an excerpt from the column and a link to the full story.

One of the things I love about Atlanta is that we are a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique history, character and charm.

The neighborhoods nestled on the Westside of Atlanta—English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center—hold special historical significance for our city. These neighborhoods served as the incubator for the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached on these streets, and some of the nation’s most prestigious black colleges and universities are located here today.

This culturally rich part of our city has fallen on hard times in more recent years, and many families are living below the federal poverty line. With the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Westside path of the Atlanta Beltline, there’s a spotlight shining once again on these historic neighborhoods—and an opportunity for renewal and revitalization.

But, in the wake of this new wave of growth, we need to make sure the families who call these neighborhoods home don’t get left behind. We need to make sure they can be a part of—not a by-product of—the Atlanta Westside success story.

Read the full story.

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