The Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition demonstrates on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The group worries the future development of Turner Field will lead to gentrification  in surrounding neighborhoods.
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The Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition demonstrates on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The group worries the future development of Turner Field will lead to gentrification in surrounding neighborhoods.

The new home of the Atlanta Braves opened Friday. Fans headed out of the city to SunTrust Park while the team’s former home sat empty. Turner Field was purchased by Georgia State University for millions of dollars. Now, those who live near the stadium want to make sure redevelopment doesn’t drive up the cost of living in their neighborhoods, and drive them out of their homes. At least 150 people marched from Mechanicsville to Turner Field this weekend. GPB’s Sean Powers was there, and brought back this audio postcard.

 

Redevelopment can make neighborhoods unaffordable, driving out long-time residents. We learned more about gentrification from Deirdre Oakley, a sociology professor at Georgia State University.

Turner Field was recently purchased by Georgia State University for $30 million.
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Turner Field was recently purchased by Georgia State University for $30 million.