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Violence related to Atlanta’s nightlife scene exploded during the pandemic. Can Mayor Dickens rein it in?
Between the start of the pandemic and Mayor Andre Dickens’s inauguration in January, Atlanta experienced about 70 homicides above its prepandemic baseline; almost a third of those occurred within yards of sketchy clubs and restaurants, a product of spontaneous rage, gang warfare, drunken idiocy, and Georgia’s gun culture. At the same time, as violence linked to the city’s nightlife exploded, Atlanta’s nightlife enforcement fell apart.
As the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shook the nation, hundreds of Atlantans took to the streets Friday evening, braving the sweltering heat and humidity to demand reproductive rights.
Roe v. Wade Overturned: What’s next for Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” and legal abortion access in the state
For now, abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks in the state, but the state's six-week abortion ban, currently tangled up in the courts, will likely go into effect soon. Here’s what to know about the future of reproductive care in Georgia.
The evening’s wide-ranging conversations illustrated both the city’s storied history, and its anxious, contemporary self-analysis. Perhaps no city in America is more eager to establish where it goes from here.
Andre Dickens is still acquainting himself with his job as mayor of Atlanta. But his mission is clear: Fight crime, produce affordable housing—which, experts say, would help prevent crime—and create good-paying jobs (another noted crime deterrent). Simply put, he must make Atlanta safer and more equitable.
Unlike the close mayoral runoff elections of recent years, City Councilmember Andre Dickens earned more than 60 percent of the vote over City Council President Felicia Moore.
An eminent domain fight in Peoplestown that began under former Mayor Kasim Reed's term might have played a role in that candidate's defeat. Both runoff candidates attended at a November 10 neighborhood rally, calling on the city to halt eviction proceedings and leave the matter for the incoming administration.
Andre Dickens is happy to claim the progressive mantle, while Felicia Moore considers herself more moderate. But how much daylight is there really between the two?
During the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Tuesday night, the two mayoral runoff candidates—City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilmember Andre Dickens—both said, once they take inventory of the municipal leadership structure, at least a few cabinet members and department heads would be getting the axe.