News Line for Atlanta

Mayor Reed promotes new Atlanta COO from within
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed took the “interim” off of Mike Geisler Friday, promoting the former business executive to the permanent title of the city’s chief operating officer.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City awarded $100,000 for BeltLine's Reynoldstown Stage
A new performing arts stage in Atlanta just got a boost. The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Arts will get $100,000 to advance the design of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Reynoldstown stage.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

With Turner Field buyers in wait, Reed sends letter to Atlanta Braves asking for exit date
With a swath of potential suitors in line to buy Turner Field, Mayor Kasim Reed said he’s asked the Atlanta Braves to reveal when they plan to leave downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Little Five Points improvement district wins approval
The Atlanta City Council has voted unanimously to form a community improvement district in Little Five Points to help pay for infrastructure improvements aimed at increasing the neighborhood’s business traffic.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kasim Reed in WSJ: National government all but broken, cities are answer
As the national government struggles, cities, including Atlanta, are where hope meets the street, and that will be increasingly true between now and 2050, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed writes in a Wall Street Journal column.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City closer to selling Underground Atlanta?
City leaders are moving closer to selling Underground Atlanta and have quietly advertised a request for redevelopment proposals for the infamous downtown tourist attraction.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council passes tighter restrictions on public comment
The Atlanta City Council passed new limits Monday on how long residents can address elected officials.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

APS, City council to meet today on Beltline debt
Though talks between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Public Schools leaders over millions owed by the Beltline have stalled, the school board and Atlanta City Council are set to meet this morning to discuss the debt.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Protecting people at AJC Peachtree means big plans
Protecting the more than 250,000 people who will attend or participate in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race is the single biggest challenge that Atlanta’s police face each year, according to police chief George N. Turner.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Guns Everywhere" Law an Added Cost to City
City of Atlanta spokesman Carlos Campos confirms Mayor Kasim Reed is spending taxpayer money for private security at 24 city recreation centers.
Source: WABE

City of Atlanta receives S&P bond rating upgrade
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has upgraded The City of Atlanta’s general obligation bond ratings from “A” to “AA” with a stable outlook.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta to launch new nonprofit group to spur new investment on westside
Atlanta and top business leaders are working on a concerted effort to steer the redevelopment of the westside of city.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ceasar Mitchell Calls For Greater Council Involvement In Beltline Contract Dispute
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Wednesday called for a “cooling down” period between Atlanta city government and Atlanta Public Schools.
Source: WABE

Atlanta sets public meetings on infrastructure bond
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is laying the groundwork for a $250 million infrastructure bond he plans to ask city voters to approve next year.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City budget passes, councilmembers flex muscle
Last week, the Atlanta City Council signed off on the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Instead of simply finalizing the $567 million spending plan, some councilmembers asserted their independence from — and influence over — the city's executive and judicial branches.
Source: Creative Loafing

KPMG: Atlanta No. 3 for tax friendliness
Atlanta is among the most tax-friendly cities for business in America and the world, according to a study released Monda y by KPMG International.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Effort continues to turn fenced-off Atlanta Waterworks into Westside greenspace gem
The area was closed to the public right before the 1996 Olympics out of safety concerns and never reopened. But in recent years residents and others have broached the idea. They have even found support among some Atlanta City Councilmembers, including Yolanda Adrean.
Source: Creative Loafing

ARC hosting 'Lifelong Community' demonstration on Auburn Avenue
Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue is getting a temporary makeover this weekend into a “lifelong community” through a demonstration project being undertaken by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tyler Perry in talks to buy Ft. McPherson land
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Wednesday afternoon that Perry has held talks with the city for months about acquiring land at the nearly 500-acre site for a possible movie and television production complex.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge approves sale of Morris Brown property to city and Friendship
U.S Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Ellis-Monro Wednesday afternoon approved the $14.6 million sale of Morris Brown College’s property to Atlanta and Friendship Baptist Church.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Rocking the walking: Millennials drive new urban spaces
Urban hipsters, you may not know it yet, but you're living in a WalkUP.
Source: USA Today

Atlanta passes $568 million budget
The Atlanta City Council approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s nearly $568 million budget Monday, but not before intense discussions over spending millions more on the Municipal Court of Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Will the Eastside TAD live to see another day?
A effort by Mayor Kasim Reed to retire a special tax used to fund redevelop efforts in Atlanta's eastside neighborhoods is likely to be left out of the city's upcoming budget.
Source: Creative Loafing

Morris Brown Buyout Deal Up In Air Due To Clark Atlanta Objection
The sale of almost the entire campus of Morris Brown College to the city of Atlanta and Friendship Baptist Church remains up in the air due to an objection from Clark Atlanta University.
Source: WABE

Mayor Reed convenes emergency management advisory panel
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants to make sure there’s no repeat of “Snowmageddon” this winter.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Controversial Recommendation in Atlanta Mayor's Budget Appears Dead
One of the most controversial recommendations in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposed 2015 budget appears dead for now.
Source: WABE

Cyclorama's future revisited
Cyclorama, the historic Civil-War-themed panorama painting located in Grant Park, could be on the move, or even sold, in the near future. For years, city officials have considered moving the massive image that depicts the Battle of Atlanta, which was fought 150 years ago.
Source: Creative Loafing

Residents file appeal over Falcons stadium bond ruling
A legal effort to block the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for part of the proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium development could soon be headed back to court.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta City Council Members Want More Say In Land Deals
Some Atlanta City Council members say they want the mayor to share more information on property deals, especially as a number of major deals come make their way toward council consideration.
Source: WABE

Atlanta City Council Approves Agricultural Ordinance
Expect to see more fruits and vegetables grown in the capital of the Peach State. Earlier this week, the Atlanta City Council passed the urban ag zoning ordinance.
Source: WABE

Auburn Avenue Hopes Streetcar Provides Long-Awaited Boost
The Atlanta Streetcar is set for passenger service later this summer. It’ll go from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial site in downtown’s Sweet Auburn district.
Source: WABE

Mayor's efficiency commission mulls property sales, new taxes, film demolition to save city cash
Next March, Atlanta residents will likely decide whether City Hall should take on up to $250 million in debt to chip away at the city's nearly $1 billion infrastructure backlog. Goodbye crumbling bridges and potholes. Hello, bike lanes and new sidewalks.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta City Council OKs sale of civic center
The Atlanta City Council agreed Monday to sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in hopes of turning what has been an under-utilized drain on the city’s budget into a catalyst for revitalization.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Judge postpones approval of Morris Brown land sale until June 12
After two objections were filed this week opposing the sale of Morris Brown’s lan d to the city’s Invest Atlanta and Friendship Baptist Church for $14.6 million, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Barbara Ellis-Monro on Thursday gave the parties two more weeks to work out their differences.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Streetcar system powers up
The Atlanta Streetcar system will take a leap forward this week when the overhead power system becomes energized Friday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta lands state funding for street upgrades
The city of Atlanta will receive a state grant to make vehicle and pedestrian traffic improvements in the area around City Hall and the Georgia Capitol.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Eastside tax district has defenders
A special taxing district created to boost development in downtown Atlanta could soon be dissolved. In his annual budget, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has proposed retiring the Eastside tax allocation district, an area that stretches from Auburn Avenue to Five Points.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Morris Brown land sale opposed by AME Church, Clark Atlanta University
Two entities have filed a legal objection to the joint proposal of the City of Atlanta and Friendship Baptist Church to buy nearly 36 acres of Morris Brown property.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Washington, D.C., takes title for fit, healthy living
The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area has reclaimed the top spot in an annual ranking of health and community fitness, bumping Minneapolis-St. Paul, last year's three-peat winner, to second place.
Source: USA Today

Beltline awarded $5 million grant to develop Westside Trail
The Atlanta Beltline's southwest segment has received yet another funding boost as efforts to build the $43 million mixed-use path move closer toward becoming a reality.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City, church top bidder to buy Morris Brown for $14.6 million
The City of Atlanta is the top bidder to buy Morris Brown College out of bankruptcy with an offer of $14.6 million, city officials announced late Thursday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kasim Reed Says Main Focus Remains On Race For U.S. Senate, Not Governor
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a Democrat, still views this year’s governor’s race as a secondary priority for the party. He says he remains far more focused on Democrats winning the open U.S. Senate seat.
Source: WABE

Mayor Reed names new parks chief
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is turning inside his administration for a new city parks chief. Reed appointed Amy Phuong Monday to serve as interim commissioner for the Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City, Unions Wait For Judge's Ruling On Pension Challenge
A judge is considering a lawsuit brought by members of Atlanta’s fire, police and city employee unions, a decision that could undo a key portion of the city’s pension reform.
Source: WABE

Atlanta joins life insurance initiative
Atlanta is the latest city to sign on to a $50 billion national initiative to encourage African-Americans to buy life insurance.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reed, public safety unions clash over pay and pension lawsuit
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and public safety unions clashed Wednesday over ongoing pay issues and a lingering lawsuit challenging Reed’s now famous pension reform.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City plans to sell South Downtown's historic Atlanta Constitution building
Want to own one of Atlanta's most beautiful modern ruins? Pull out your checkbooks and prepare to make a bid on South Downtown's former Atlanta Constitution building.
Source: Creative Loafing

City, MARTA to operate Atlanta Streetcar
The city of Atlanta and MARTA will jointly operate the downtown streetcar line due to go into service later this year, Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Effort to reopen Atlanta Waterworks Park gets boost
Westside Provisions District and Monday Night Brewing have joined to support Friends of Atlanta Waterworks' efforts to persuade city officials to reopen greenspace surrounding Atlanta Waterworks in Midtown to the public.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta buys Underground for $8.8M
Atlanta now owns Underground Atlanta. The city officially bought out the remainder of an 88-year lease with the project’s operating partner Dan O’Leary for $8.8 million, the city confirmed Monday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Miguel Southwell named general manager of Atlanta's airport
Miguel Southwell on Monday was named the new chief of the world's busiest airport. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed named Southwell general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Court sides with city in Falcons stadium suit
A Fulton County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the bonds for the new Falcons stadium.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mayor Reed says several offers for Turner Field, but he likes GSU plan
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he has received several offers for the 77-acre Turner Field property, but that he prefers a deal proposed Wednesday by Atlanta-based real estate developer Carter and Georgia State University.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

What will Downtown Atlanta look like in a decade?
Downtown is currently undergoing a series of massive changes. There are a wide variety of high-profile projects being built including a new stadium, museums, streetcar, academic buildings, and residential units.
Source: Creative Loafing

How huge water bills drown redevelopment in Atlanta
Despite its good location near the Atlanta Beltline, at least two redevelopment plans for the long-troubled site at 425 Chappell Road have been sunk, the owner says, by an unpaid water bill of nearly $1.3 million.
Source: Creative Loafing

The changing face of Downtown Atlanta
In 2014, Downtown will experience more change than any other year since the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Source: Creative Loafing

Georgia State, developers want The Ted for major project
Georgia State University and a prominent Atlanta development team want to acquire Turner Field and the sea of parking lots between it and downtown to create a new southern campus for the college and a $300 million mixed-use development that would transform an area threatened by the Braves’ pending departure to Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Reed taps advisor to lead workforce development agency
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed one of his senior advisors to temporarily head the city’s workforce development agency.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Council Members Call For More Accountability At Job-Training Agency
Some Atlanta City Council members are calling for more accountability at the city’s workforce development agency. It comes after widespread claims of waste and abuse of federal job-training dollars.
Source: WABE

Glenwood Park project compromise gains Council approval, may now include nine-story office building along Beltline
After roughly 20 months of protests, appeals, and lawsuits, Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua's proposed suburban-style project near Glenwood Park has taken a major step forward toward becoming a reality.
Source: Creative Loafing

Mayor Reed’s land sale plans part of downtown vision
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said he’s not interested in playing “real estate developer.” But he has clear ideas how a resurgence in downtown development — that’s already underway — could get a further boost from the sale of city-owned properties.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Leaders launch Beltline campaign
Charlie Shufeldt thought he had until the end of the year to come up with $10 million. Shufeldt chairs the Atlanta Beltline Partnership fundraising group, and that’s the amount of private funding needed for the Westside Trail, a planned three-mile portion of the popular green space project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, others make Google Internet deadline
Atlanta and eight other metro area cities cleared Google’s deadline Thursday for providing information that keeps them in the running for getting the company’s ultra-fast residential Internet service.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta makes offer on Morris Brown property
The city of Atlanta has made an offer to purchase the Morris Brown College campus, Invest Atlanta officials confirmed Thursday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Highlights of Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposed $565 million budget
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration unveiled a preview of its proposed $565 million budget this week, a plan that calls for adding a ninth municipal courtroom, spending millions more on public safety and opening additional youth recreation centers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Millions in Renovations Planned for Atlanta Memorial Park
The City of Atlanta’s third largest park now has some private support and is looking toward millions of dollars of renovation.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner George Dusenbury leaving
Atlanta soon will have another vacancy to fill in one of its top jobs. George Dusenbury, the city’s commissioner of parks and recreation since the beginning of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, will leave May 16 for an undisclosed job in the private sector.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mayor Reed unveils FY2015 Atlanta budget
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is asking the city council to approve a $565.5 million general fund budget for fiscal 2015, an increase in spending of $20.7 million over this year.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlantans get first chance to debate public art on private property proposal; substitute ordinance unveiled
Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd yesterday, in the first public meeting about her controversial proposal to regulate art on private property, announced she was changing the ordinance in response to Atlantans' collective outcry.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta chief officer: Civic Center could be sold as early as this summer
Pending approval from the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta officials could sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center as early as this summer, interim Chief Operating Officer Michael Geisler said Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta prepares to sell civic center
City of Atlanta officials are taking the first steps toward potentially selling another major asset — the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches communication partnership
City of Atlanta officials say public workers in more than 20 departments have been trained to receive and place calls using a program to help them communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City Hall's food truck experiment starts today throughout South Downtown
City Hall officials will gauge whether food trucks should actually serve sandwiches, tacos, and other items on public property starting today in a swath of Downtown that has long struggled with food access.
Source: Creative Loafing

Deal on Fort ‘Mac’ may close by July
The city of Atlanta expects to close on its acquisition of the abandoned Fort McPherson “by the end of July at the latest,” Mayor Kasim Reed said this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three finalists picked for Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager
Three finalists have been selected for general manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the highest profile positions in city of Atlanta government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Beltline: Transforming Atlanta's Urban Culture
A 1968 TV ad described the growing city of Atlanta as network of different neighborhoods, connected mostly by highways. The best option for navigating the city was by car.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed To Continue Trade Efforts In Brazil And Elsewhere
Coming off a weeklong trip to Brazil, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Thursday he wants to continue efforts to build relationships in South America and elsewhere through his second term.
Source: WABE

Mayor: Suitors for Turner Field site will prove him right
Pledging to “prove” he was right for not spending upwards of $250 million to keep the Atlanta Braves downtown, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the city has already received multiple offers on Turner Field.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Boulevard tunnel's long-awaited cleanup effort, public art installation is about to begin
The Boulevard tunnel, an important underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown, has long sketched people out with its dim lighting, broken infrastructure, and drab walls. But the squalid tunnel is expected to finally receive a proper face-lift over the course of the next month.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta Involved in Pro-Bicycle Project
There's a push to make Atlanta more bicycle-friendly. The city's Department of Planning and Community Development is taking part in the Green Lane Project.
Source: WABE

Legal Maneuver Could Speed Up Falcons Stadium Lawsuit
A motion filed earlier this week by the City of Atlanta and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens could speed up a lawsuit over the financing of the new Falcons Stadium that's scheduled for a hearing Thursday.
Source: WABE

Atlanta wants landfills turned into solar farms
For years, the city's now-closed landfills have done nothing but sit idle and emit methane. Now, more than 30 acres of city-owned property, including those former trash heaps and parts of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, could be converted into solar farms.
Source: Creative Loafing

City Hall continues push to make locally grown food accessible to all Atlanta residents
During his time in office, Mayor Kasim Reed has talked a big game about increasing access to healthy and affordable food for all Atlantans. Now he's tasking the Atlanta's Office of Sustainability with a goal of ensuring that all of the city's residents live within a half mile of locally grown food source.
Source: Creative Loafing

Mayor Reed to head trade mission to Brazil
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will lead a delegation of Atlanta-based executives on a weeklong trade mission to Brazil starting April 5.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Beltline CEO: State Farmers Market 'one of most meaningful sites' around smart-growth project
Last week, Invest Atlanta officials agreed to purchase two key pieces of property needed to build the Atlanta Beltline.
Source: Creative Loafing

Greater role sought in Watershed probe
Some members of the Atlanta City Council are calling for a greater role in the investigations of theft and mismanagement at the Department of Watershed Management.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council: Infrastructure, code enforcement, gentrification should be among top priorities in Reed's 2015 budget
In the coming months, Mayor Kasim Reed will propose his annual spending plan for the city's upcoming fiscal year. While hizzoner largely dictates how the city should spend taxpayer cash, the Atlanta City Council has opinions as well.
Source: Creative Loafing

City Efficiency Committee Holds First Meeting
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Commission on Waste and Efficiency in Government held its first meeting early Tuesday, the main topic of debate being when the commission should start discussing potential cost-saving measures.
Source: WABE

Reed open to “university energy” at Underground
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday he’s open to buyers outside of the private sector for the troubled Underground Atlanta complex. Reed declined to “play real estate developer” with reporters, but he said he wants any redevelopment of the site to expand on the college atmosphere downtown cultivated by nearby universities, such as Georgia State.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City agrees to purchase old State Farmers Market, southwest Beltline trail land from GDOT
City officials this morning agreed to acquire two key pieces of property that are considered vital to the Atlanta Beltline's future.
Source: Creative Loafing

Former AJC building will be renamed Two City Plaza, to house 750 workers
The city of Atlanta plans to house 750 city employees at the former home of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mayor Kasim Reed told business leaders Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed given green light to pursue Underground Atlanta deal
The Atlanta City Council has given the mayor the OK to explore bringing Underground Atlanta back under the city's control - a move that could lead to the possible sale of the 12-acre Downtown entertainment complex.
Source: Creative Loafing

Issues linger with Falcons stadium deal
If you ask C.T. Martin, the Atlanta City Council’s most tenured member, the year since elected officials voted to help fund a new, $1.2 billion Atlanta Falcons stadium has been full of strife, handshake deals, discord — and no surprises.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Chosen For Bike Lane Project
A pro-bicycle group has selected the City of Atlanta for a project to help build safer bike lanes.
Source: WABE

Historic building damaged by wreck condemned by city
A fatal crash that damaged a historic building in southwest Atlanta last November has forced city officials to condemn the structure.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Morris Brown and Atlanta may revive talks over selling property
Less than a year after Morris Brown College rejected a $10 million offer from Atlanta to purchase its property, the parties may soon revive talks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Reed names efficiency commission
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed a commission to look for ways to save money so the city could afford to float a bond issue to finance a backlog of infrastructure projects.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Invest Atlanta CEO headed to metro chamber
Invest Atlanta CEO Brian McGowan is leaving the city economic development agency to join the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Reed hopeful money is coming for Savannah port deepening
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he’s still hopeful funding is coming to deepen Savannah’s port.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Progress Made for Atlanta Bike Share Program
Getting around the city of Atlanta on two wheels will soon be a little easier. Atlanta's Bike Share Program is scheduled to make its debut in 2015.
Source: WABE

City Hall to revisit Underground Atlanta lease, consider sale?
City taxpayers might no longer have to foot the tab for Underground Atlanta, the Downtown retail strip and tourist attraction that annually costs the city around $8 million to keep a-hummin', should City Hall decide to buy out the lease - and potentially sell the 12-acre site.
Source: Creative Loafing

Council agrees to abandon Downtown properties, set up new oversight committee for Falcons stadium
Despite recent opposition from stadium critics, the Atlanta City Council has agreed to abandon several Downtown properties that will become a part of the Atlanta Falcons' proposed $1.2 billion stadium complex.
Source: Creative Loafing

Wanted: City Hall's next transportation boss - and maybe even a chief bicycle officer
Do you love transportation? Getting yelled at in public meetings? Want to help Mayor Kasim Reed decide how Atlanta will continue to retrofit its roads to accommodate people, not cars? Want to get paid to do it?
Source: Creative Loafing

12K cameras to give Atlanta police broader window to city
Atlanta police are bolstering their reach and capabilities by continuing to integrate cameras into their strategy.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google eyes Atlanta for super-fast Internet
Atlanta and eight other local cities are candidates for Google’s new, ultra-fast fiber optic Internet and television service, the Silicon Valley giant announced Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At annual State of the City, Reed reprises call to tackle repeat offender problem
At his annual “State of the City” breakfast Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed repeated his call to tackle recidivism rates in Fulton County and encouraged the audience to “shake off” the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At annual State of the City, Reed reprises call to tackle repeat offender problem
At his annual “State of the City” breakfast Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed repeated his call to tackle recidivism rates in Fulton County and encouraged the audience to “shake off” the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta has no plans to issue ID cards to immigrants without legal status
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed does not plan to follow his New York City counterpart’s lead and propose making municipal ID cards available to residents regardless of their legal status.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forbes: Atlanta No. 12 fastest growing city
Atlanta is growing and it’s growing fast. Atlanta ranked No. 12 on Forbes’ of America's Fastest-Growing Cities 2014.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reed waves goodbye to Winter Storm Pax
Mayor Kasim Reed this afternoon breathed a deep sigh of relief as he wrapped up the city's response efforts to Winter Storm Pax.
Source: Creative Loafing

Stadium bond plan challenged
A small group of Atlanta residents filed a legal challenge this week against the city’s plan for partial public financing of the new Falcons stadium.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Jail serving up food to workers and shelters city-wide
With most restaurants shuttered by this week’s icy blast, the Atlanta City Detention Center has opened up its cafeteria to city employees and is providing meals for shelters across Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Fire Chief: We’re preparing for worst case scenario
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran said ice and power outages top the city’s concerns about the upcoming winter storm, a massive system that promises a one-two punch of ice and snow (and more ice) in coming hours.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta council OKs Perry-Bolton bonds
The Atlanta City Council signed off Monday on a long-anticipated $35 million bond package to help finance redevelopment in northwest Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reed calls for review of city’s storm response; says ‘I’m deeply sorry’
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called for a review of the city’s response to a winter storm that left thousands across the city stranded on interstates and in schools earlier this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Downtown groups eye upgrades to Auburn Avenue along Streetcar route
As the Atlanta Streetcar gears up for its grand opening, Downtown groups are working on additional upgrades to a long-overlooked part of Auburn Avenue.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta's living wage debate returns
Some federal lawmakers are pushing to raise the U.S. minimum hourly pay to $10.10 over a several-year period. It's uncertain whether that bill, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, will muster enough votes. Atlanta lawmakers are supporting the bill.
Source: Creative Loafing

Gov. Deal, Mayor Reed see lessons in snowstorm
Jack-knifed 18-wheelers and an inaccurate forecast from the National Weather Service were key culprits in the havoc Tuesday’s snowstorm wreaked on metro Atlanta, Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

10 US cities, including Atlanta, vow to cut emissions from buildings
Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.
Source: Access North Georgia

Transit Atlanta's proposed bike share program gets first look by City Council this week
Atlanta's first-ever bike share program could take a major step forward on Tuesday. Members of an Atlanta City Council committee will vet a proposal recommending Mayor Kasim Reed start negotiations with a team that will install more than 50 bicycle rental stations around town, deliver a minimum of 500 custom two wheelers, and operate the program.
Source: Creative Loafing

Bike share program coming to Atlanta
Atlanta will soon join list of cities around the world that have a bike share program.
Source: Reporter Newspapers