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Meribah Knight

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Meribah Knight is a journalist who relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation. She is the host of The Promise podcast. 

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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Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has a long history in the city. It built the first public housing in the late 1930’s, then pivoted to more commercial endeavors like the convention center and a parking garage. 

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A new Metro audit describes poor oversight of the city’s affordable housing fund. It reveals significant issues, including slipshod monitoring of how its money is spent.   

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The mayor’s office announced plans to build two new affordable housing developments in North and East Nashville. It’s the first step in Mayor David Briley’s Under One Roof plan—to spend $500 million building affordable housing over the next decade.

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 Update: This story has been updated to reflect the Wednesday vote by the Rutherford County Commission.

Rutherford County commissioners voted on Wednesday to increase the property tax by 5.7%. This means Murfreesboro residents are facing two separate property tax hikes. One at the city level, and another at the county level.

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Like every other city on the rise, Nashville’s stock of affordable housing is woefully inadequate: One study estimated the city needs to build almost 30,000 more units over the next five years to get back on track.

It’s a daunting number. And whoever leads the city will have to grapple with it.

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MDHA

The question was about as straightforward as they get for Curious Nashville.

The MDHA training center named for Randee Rogers — who was she?

The training center is a red brick lump of a building, located in North Nashville, right across from the old Werthan Packaging building.

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At a forum for mayoral candidates Monday night, three of the leading contenders talked about what they would do on the issue of deportation.

It was a pointed question from one of the city's leading immigrant rights organizations, aimed at getting the candidates to commit to taking steps in their first year to combat the federal government’s aggressive approach.

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It’s easier to say what the James Cayce Homes doesn’t have than what it does.

There is no coffee shop. No laundromat. No corner store. No restaurant or café. It’s hard to get a pizza delivered. Sometimes the mail doesn’t make it.

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As Nashville’s Metro Council works to finalize the city budget, members will be debating whether to raise the property tax. As that conversation swirls — and after a succession of tough budgets — WPLN asked the four leading candidates for mayor whether they’d be willing to allow a tax hike once elected.

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Nashville plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of the fines and fees associated with its criminal justice system.

The announcement comes in the midst of a national push to overhaul the criminal justice system’s reliance on court and jail fees. One that advocates say is an antiquated system that disproportionately impacts poor and minority citizens.  

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