Mercedes-Benz Stadium Helps Lift the Fortunes of Its Westside Neighbors

It’s 8:30 in the morning and already Frank Fernandez carries the energy of a man running behind schedule. Hovering over his laptop in a coffee shop he forgoes the available stool behind him, as if sitting might somehow slow him down. He’s on a call while he works his touch pad, awaiting his drip coffee. Soon he’ll be attending an Atlanta Business League luncheon, and after that, he’s giving me a ride-along tour of Atlanta’s Westside, where concentrated poverty has been the defining characteristic for decades.

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