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'McMansions' Center Of Debate

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has called for a sweeping update of the city's zoning ordinance in the face of the 'McMansionization' of some of the city's intown neighborhoods.

"Franklin opened the door to new codes that could control everything from the 'McMansion' phenomenon in some of the city's hottest neighborhoods to development in distressed communities along Atlanta's planned Beltline."

"Franklin crystallized infill development debate last month by issuing a temporary ban on building big houses in some neighborhoods where there's been a surge of tearing down smaller homes to make way for larger ones. The moratorium expired and the Atlanta City Council voted last week against extending it."

Thanks to Nandita Godbole

Full Story: 'McMansion' fury prompts zoning study

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