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Affordable housing offered in DomestiCITY contest

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms promised a billion dollars for keeping Atlanta affordable for people who already live here and the millions expected to come.

Some of that money is going into innovation. An international contest calls for re-imagining the tired places where some of the very poorest Atlantans already live, and mix them with newcomers making a lot more money.

Over the last year, the DomestiCITY contest drew ideas for a shabby seven acres on the south side of town. 

The task: How to rebuilt the motel rooms and parking lots at the Santa Fe Courts, a relic of the 1950's with a history of prostitution and pimping in the 80's and 90's. 

Today, this location near the Airport and community college is a lot more desirable.

The design contest winners are doubling or tripling the number of people who will live here, with a sturdy base of the 120 or so living here now.  Take a look here.

Atlanta's Planning Commissioner Tim Keane says getting ahead of the expected influx with great design will keep lower and moderate income Atlantans from being squeezed out by higher rents. 

The winning designs have price tags between twenty and thirty thousand dollars. Much of that is public money.

But part of the contest includes how to keep the cash flow positive, and investors happy, for the thirty year life of the project.

The finalist designs are on display for the public at the Museum of Design Atlanta, on Peachtree Street across from the High Museum of Art.

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