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Meribah Knight

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Meribah Knight is a journalist who recently relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation.

Most recently she was a staff reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business covering manufacturing in the Rust Belt, aviation and transportation. Prior to Crain’s she was a staff reporter with the Chicago News Cooperative, producing the Chicago section of The New York Times. There she covered a wide range of topics from arts & culture to education to poverty. She was an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

Her writing has appeared The New York TimesThe New YorkerO, The Oprah MagazineUtne Reader, American Craft, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and Chicago Public Television. 

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Donelson with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, and their four cats. 

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Joe Buglewicz for WPLN

Nashville's housing authority says that by summer's end every single unit of public housing in the city will no longer be traditional public housing.

It's part of a sweeping overhaul of Nashville's low-income developments, many of which date back to the late 1930s. The bold concept means asking the federal government to hand over the title on every single piece of public housing, essentially turning the city into a private landlord.

Joe Buglewicz

Nashville's housing director Jim Harbison says he isn't worried quite yet about the federal government's proposal to raise rents for low income households. Responding to U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson's controversial plan, Harbison said it's too early for his office to take the proposal seriously.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The median price for a single family home just keeps climbing in the Nashville area — coming in a hair shy of $300,000 last month.

Meanwhile, the overall closings, the numbers of homes sold in the region, has ticked down some — by 4.5 percent compared to this time last year. But make no mistake, this is still boom times for home sales in the region. 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A group of Metro Council members are looking for yet another way to stem the loss of affordable housing in Nashville. It involves keeping a close eye on the numbers.

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Recommendations for Nashville's new Major League Soccer stadium were unveiled Tuesday evening. Among them was a commitment to work with the community, something local activists have been requesting at community meetings for months.

The stadium's ownership group, Nashville Soccer Holdings, has committed to creating a Community Benefit Agreement. The pact would not just build a stadium but also help the area around it, possibly by employing local residents and creating affordable housing.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The short run up to Nashville's special mayoral election hasn't allowed for lengthy policy debates but many candidates have been vocal about the issue of youth violence. Over the last few years the city has seen an uptick in gun deaths and crimes committed by juveniles. 2017 was the deadliest year for youth in Nashville in more than a decade.

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Nashville's housing authority is in preliminary talks with Fisk University to co-develop its campus along with a nearby public housing complex, an official said Monday at a Metro Council budget hearing.

 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The city estimates it needs 31,000 more units over the next seven years, a number it's unlikely to keep pace with. Nashville's next mayor will have no choice but to face this dramatic housing shortage. But most candidates don't have concrete solutions. 

Joe Buglewicz for WPLN

Nashville has taken a big step forward in its plans to overhaul the city's aging public housing. It involves transferring federal property over to the housing authority itself, which means the city's housing agency now owns the James A. Cayce public housing projects outright — for the first time ever since it was built in 1939.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Dealing with the $17 million budget shortfall facing Metro Schools is one of the many challenges for Nashville's next mayor. Already, school officials are scrambling to find the money so no teachers get laid off and funding for students doesn't get cut.

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