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The Atlanta City Council runoff election—explained in 10 minutes

With no more than seven incumbents returning, the Atlanta City Council will look much different in 2022. The extent of that change is still to be determined, however, as two council members, with more than 30 years combined experience, face stiff challenges in the November 30 runoff. If they lose, Atlanta's legislative arm will feature more newcomers than returning members—a dramatic makeover for a city that has long favored staying the course. Here's a look at the races yet to be decided, as well as who won their elections outright earlier this month.
11 Questions for Atlanta’s 2021 mayoral candidates

What’s at stake in the Atlanta mayor’s race?

Crime’s the biggest issue on the ballot, but it's not the only issue. Atlanta’s transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and roads will need an advocate and big-picture thinker who makes sure the city gets the maximum benefit from the $1 trillion in federal infrastructure cash expected to flow to states and cities.
What's going on with Cop City

Next stop, Cop City? What’s happening with the controversial plan for a new police and fire training center in DeKalb

On September 8, Atlanta City Council voted 10 to 4 in favor of a proposal to build a training center for police and firefighters on 85 acres of land in south DeKalb County. The vote came amid fierce controversy and followed 17 hours of public comment. Here's why many groups are opposed to the plan, and what could happen next.
Atlanta's New Way: 60 voices on the city's past, present, and future

60 Voices: Sam Massell and Andre Dickens on city government

During his term as Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974, the city’s first Jewish mayor, Sam Massell, oversaw the campaign to create MARTA; began construction of the Omni, the city’s first enclosed sports coliseum; increased contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses; and appointed the first woman member of the Atlanta City Council. Since defeating a three-term incumbent to join the Atlanta City Council in 2013, Andre Dickens has become one of the legislative body’s most vocal champions of affordable housing, transit improvement, and equity.
Can guaranteed income combat inequality and poverty in Atlanta?

Can guaranteed income combat inequality and poverty in Atlanta?

This year, more than 10 cities across the country will experiment with a policy called guaranteed income. In the coming months, Atlanta, home to some of the country’s most severe income inequalities, might follow suit.
The water boy’s hustle Atlanta

The water boy’s hustle

Atlanta city officials deemed water sales along highway exits a nuisance and a threat. But for one West End teenager, the hustle is a way to make money and to stay out of jail.
Atlanta Department of transportation

Atlanta’s potholes are out of control. Could a new city department of transportation finally fix them?

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is announcing this morning that the city, for the first time in its history, could create a Department of Transportation that would act as a “one-stop shop” to combine the construction duties of three different city departments.
Ivory Lee Young, Jr.

Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is hospitalized and in grave condition

Currently serving his fourth four-year term on Atlanta City Council, Young took a leave of absence from his District 3 Council duties several weeks ago to undergo a stem-cell transplant to treat multiple myeloma.
South Fulton marijuana law

The city of South Fulton passed a new marijuana ordinance. Here’s what you need to know.

In a 5-2 vote, the South Fulton city council agreed to lighten the punishment for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana to a maximum of a $150 fine with no jail time—making the punishment for pot possession more akin to a traffic citation. After Clarkston and Atlanta, this makes South Fulton the third city in metro Atlanta to reduce the penalty for possessing a small amount of pot.
Vote Atlanta

Vote! Everything you need to know on Election Day 2017 in Atlanta

Where do I go to vote? Where do I find results? Where are the candidate parties? This Atlanta election is an important one—don't miss out.

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