News Line for Atlanta

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

Staffing shake-ups at Atlanta City Hall as Reed searches for next COO
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a host of staffing changes Tuesday, naming Michael Geisler as interim chief operating officer and three people to share the role of deputy chief operating officer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council approves measure for free airport Wi-Fi
The path toward free Wi-Fi at Atlanta’s airport cleared a hurdle with an Atlanta City Council vote Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council To Vote On Free Wi-Fi At Hartsfield
The Atlanta City Council Tuesday is expected to vote on a plan to bring free Wi-Fi to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Mayor and School Board Differ on Next Superintendent Salary
What will it take to attract the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent? Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today stood by his idea to double the salary in order to attract what he calls the best in class.
Source: WABE

Reed calls for partnership on federal transportation dollars
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called for mayors to have a greater say in how federal funds are directed to local transit projects Tuesday in an appearance before a U.S. House transportation committee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Transportation Solutions Back On The Table
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he’s talking with state legislators once again about solutions for the state’s transportation problems. But speaking at a policy conference in Atlanta Wednesday, Reed said it’s unlikely anything will happen before 2015
Source: GPB News

Newly-elected Councilmembers Dickens, Norwood tapped for committee chairs
Following Mayor Kasim Reed's inaugural bash yesterday afternoon, Atlanta City Councilmembers scurried back to their chambers at City Hall to hold their first meeting of 2014.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atl. City Council head’s appointments set political tone
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s selections to chair key City Council committees speaks volumes about the tone of city politics in 2014 and for the next four years, reports SaportaReport.com.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Crime, education, infrastructure atop Mayor Reed's second-term agenda
Mayor Kasim Reed today was sworn into office and shed light on upcoming efforts to reduce crime, rebuild Atlanta's infrastructure, help boost education, and create more affordable housing during his second and final term at City Hall.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta Mayor Reed pitches infrastructure referendum
A blue ribbon commission will lay the groundwork during the coming year for a 2015 referendum on up to $200 million in infrastructure improvements in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed announced Monday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: City agencies discuss plan to reopen Waterworks Park
The Atlanta Parks Department and Watershed Management are finally talking about a plan to open up part of Waterworks Park on Atlanta’s westside, which has been closed for almost two decades, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Atlanta BeltLine police precinct opens
The Atlanta Police Department has opened a new precinct on Memorial Drive with a focus on the Atlanta BeltLine.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Leaders Organize Gun Buyback Inititiative As State Pols Look To Ease Restrictions
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and faith leaders are joining the NAACP in a gun buyback initiative.
Source: WABE

Farooqui leaving Atlanta City Hall for private sector
Duriya Farooqui, the city’s chief operating officer, will leave city government Jan. 31 to become a principal at Bain & Co., one of the world’s leading management consulting firms.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mayor Reed talks about his second term
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in a wide-ranging interview Friday morning, said the priority in his second term will to get an infrastructure referendum passed by voters that will be between $150 million and $250 million.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta BeltLine outlines its future 17 years
As a guide to see where it’s been and where it’s going, the board of the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. Wednesday unanimously adopted a new strategic implementation panto guide the ambitious development through 2030.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ted Turner wants namesake stadium to become greenspace
When the ballpark named after Ted Turner is demolished following the Atlanta Braves departure for Cobb County, the media mogul hopes the city will convert the vacant space to greenspace, The Associated Press is reporting.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta plans pay-by-cell option for parking
Atlanta motorists will soon have the option to use their phones to pay for parking, the Atlanta Department of Public Works announced Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Good Riddance: Summerhill residents don’t want Braves back
The Organized Neighbors of Summerhill, a civic group for the area that includes Turner Field and the surrounding neighborhood, on Dec. 2 voted 17-13 not to support a resolution from the Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Commission that says the two bodies would work together to try to keep the Braves at Turner Field.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Community Plan For New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Passes City Council
This afternoon, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a plan to invest $30 million in three West Atlanta communities where the Atlanta Falcons will build a new stadium.
Source: WABE

With Stadium Deal Official, Atlanta Begins Planning for Braves Departure
Now that the deal to relocate the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County is official, the city of Atlanta is beginning to prepare for the team’s departure.
Source: WABE

Full Council To Vote on Falcons Stadium Community Benefits Plan Monday
A community benefits plan for the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium faces its last major hurdle Monday.
Source: WABE

Council could vote Mon. on task force for Turner Field redevelopment
Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith, whose district includes Turner Field, plans to introduce legislation as early as Monday that would create a task force to help with redevelopment plans for the stadium area, now that the Braves agreement with Cobb is official, reports WABE.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Beltline applauded by American Institute of Architects
The Atlanta Beltline is among 33 projects nationwide being recognized by The American Institute of Architects in an exhibit called FitNation, which draws attention to projects the organization says prove architecture can keep people moving and help quell obesity.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Falcons stadium community benefits plan approved
A committee of Atlanta city officials and neighborhood leaders on Monday night approved a community benefits plan for the area surrounding the proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta City Council Passes Resolution Urging Continued Negotiations With Braves
The Atlanta City Council passed a largely symbolic resolution Monday urging continued negotiations with the Atlanta Braves.
Source: WABE

City Workers Sue Over Recent Pension Reforms
Members of Atlanta’s fire and police unions, along with other city employees, are suing Mayor Kasim Reed and the city council to undo a portion of recent pension reform, arguing a key part of the overhaul is unconstitutional.
Source: WABE

Two years after pension reform, Atlanta unions file suit
Union workers representing Atlanta fire, police and city employees have filed a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta over pension contribution hikes enacted two years ago, returning focus on pension reform that largely defined Mayor Kasim Reed’s first term.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old Fourth Ward parking lot conflict lingers, heads to City Hall
The decisive fight over an Old Fourth Ward parking lot will come to a head tonight at City Hall.
Source: WABE

Reed urges Medicaid expansion in Georgia
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal have been getting along famously, working together on landing federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah and supporting the ill-fated TSPLOST referendum.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promises enormous middle-class development at Turner Field
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said “one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had” will go up at the site of Turner Field after the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed vows to stay out of Cobb’s plans for Braves stadium
Proclaiming a spirit of regionalism, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised Tuesday morning not to meddle in Cobb County’s plans to finance and build a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves near Interstates 75 and I 285.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta City Council upset to be left out of Braves negotiations
Atlanta City Council held a press conference Tuesday to complain they weren’t included in the negotiations with the Atlanta Braves prior to their decision to move to Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta official hopes to convince Braves to stay
Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond says surely there is something the city could have done to persuade the Braves to consider staying in Atlanta, and hopes Atlanta and Fulton County can come together to convince the team to reconsider its planned move to Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta deputy COO on Braves deal: “I’m not sure what else we could have done.”
Atlantans are still digesting news the Atlanta Braves plan to relocate from Turner Field to Cobb County when its lease expires in 2016, ending a 50-year run in the state’s capitol city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed: City is “unwilling” to give Braves $450 million
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released the following statement in response to news of the Atlanta Braves’ intentions to move to a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Push is on to open Atlanta Waterworks property as park
It seem the grassroots effort to open property around Atlanta Waterworks - adjacent to Howell Mill Road and 17th Street - as a public park might be gaining traction, reports Curbed Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Analyst: Norwood Could Shake Up City Council
A familiar face is returning to the Atlanta City council. Mary Norwood was re-elected Tuesday to her old at-large post, and some say that could shake up a council that’s traditionally followed Mayor Kasim Reed’s lead.
Source: WABE

To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time
Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people get to their final destination.
Source: GPB News

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Sails to Re-Election
As expected, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sailed to re-election last night, defeating three little-known opponents by roughly 80 points.
Source: WABE

Dickens Upsets Willis for Atlanta City Council Post 3
With all precincts reporting, challenger Andre Dickens upset three-term incumbent H. Lamar Willis for the at-large Post 3 Atlanta City Council seat.
Source: WABE

Watson Loses At-Large Atlanta Council Seat
With all precincts reporting, Fulton County’s preliminary election results show Mary Norwood beating out incumbent Aaron Watson. Norwood regained the Post 2 At-Large seat for Atlanta City Council with a vote of 52 percent to 47 percent.
Source: WABE

Reed returns to his ‘dream job’
Four years after an improbable run that saw him rise from a relative unknown to mayor of Atlanta by the slimmest of margins, Kasim Reed won re-election Tuesday in landslide fashion.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council approves public vending ordinance as city officials face judge over old program
The Atlanta City Council approved a new public vending ordinance Monday as a Fulton County judge decides whether to hold Mayor Kasim Reed in contempt of court over the old program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Initial talks are underway to reopen Atlanta Waterworks
Atlanta Waterworks, the Westside greenspace that closed prior to the 1996 Olympics, could once again become a vibrant public park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor's new public vending program touts lower costs and more regulations, excludes Five Points
After months of legal filings, protests, and delays, Mayor Kasim Reed's office yesterday revealed its plan to overhaul Atlanta's vending program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City considers opening Fort Peachtree grounds for first time in more than a decade
A historic 15-acre park along the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek could soon be reopened, giving northwest Atlanta residents some much-needed greenspace.
Source: Creative Loafing

APD reaches a once-elusive goal of 2,000 officers
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Friday the city has reached a goal first set by a predecessor 16 years ago: a police force of 2,000 officers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed aims money at school board races
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the city’s business community are behind a new independent committee that plans to spend tens of thousands of dollars to influence the outcome of the Nov. 5 school board and city council elections.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed sees immigration as economic boost
Atlanta could boost its economic growth by being more welcoming to immigrants, Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reed and business leaders form independent committee; announce candidate support
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the city’s business community have formed a new independent committee to help shape the outcome of this fall’s municipal elections.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed doubts PARKatlanta contract will get renewed
PARKatlanta's reign of terror will likely end when its contract expires in 2016, Mayor Kasim Reed said.
Source: Creative Loafing