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Mayor Kasim Reed this morning is unveiling the city’s design for a 1,000-space, $48 million parking deck at Grant Park that will replace the space-wasting, seven-acre parking lot off Boulevard officials say is insufficient. The three-tier deck will be partially embedded into the hillside and—in a move that helped win support from the neighborhood and park advocates—capped by a green roof and a restaurant with views of the Downtown skyline in the distance.
Back in December, the Atlanta City Council raised some eyebrows by giving itself a future salary increase far beyond the typical cost-of-living, consumer-price-index variety. When the dust settled on the 10–4 vote, council pay for the upcoming term jumped more than 50 percent, to just over $60,000 beginning in 2014.