Shirley Franklin - Anniversary - Features - Atlanta Magazine

Shirley Franklin

(b. 1945)


Given that Mayor Franklin’s motto was “Ask not what the city can do for you, but what you can do for the city,” it’s fitting that she won a Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles in Courage award. From 2002 to 2010, she raised taxes, slashed services, cut jobs, reduced her own staff and salary, and enacted tough ethics reform. Her legacy? Sewers. Franklin balanced the budget and won the adoration of national media. The honeymoon lasted well into her second term. The press was not kind when Atlanta started losing jobs, or when her daughter’s ex-husband faced federal drug charges.

Head of the Class The first time Franklin ever ran for public office, she was elected mayor of Atlanta—making her the first African American female mayor of a large Southern city.

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  1. CatherineG_2013 posted on 07/29/2011 06:34 PM
    Could you dish on Shirley anymore than this? Are you trying to honor her (which you should be) or bad-mouth her? If the second option is the case, then you shouldn't have posted this as it doesn't show her in the greatest of light - she deserves better than this...
    If you can't say anything nice about someone... then....
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