News Briefs: Fight the Blight; MARTA development; Guggenheim fellowships

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms launched her Fight the Blight initiative in Southwest Atlanta with the demolition of six dilapidated and blighted single-family properties. “By demolishing neglected and abandoned properties, we can restore pride in our communities,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This initiative is an important step forward in fulfilling my administration’s commitment to creating clean, safe and thriving neighborhoods for all of our residents.” More buildings are expected to be demolished in the coming weeks,

Cortland East Decatur

The second of four MARTA Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD) is expected to complete phase one in August. Located in the former parking lot for the Avondale Station, Cortland East Decatur will include 378 apartments, 24,000 square feet of retail and a skybridge over College Avenue to connect to the MARTA station.

Two Emory University professors have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships. Carol C. Anderson, a historian and Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, won a fellowship in constitutional studies. C. Jean Campbell, a professor of late medieval and Renaissance art history, won a fellowship in fine arts research. Both scholars are based in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. They are among 175 recipients who were chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants in the United States and Canada. Fellowship amounts vary, but are designed to help fund writers, scholars and scientists in their work.

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