Talking Headways Podcast: The New Atlanta Way

This week’s guest is Odetta MacLeish White of the TransFormation Alliance in Atlanta. Tune in for a lively discussion about displacement pressures along the BeltLine, the history of segregation in planning, and big changes in advocacy and equity in the Atlanta region.

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