Thanks for the coverage. This legislation is scary. Let's be sure to support those Dems who speak up and stand up against these attacks, when they are outnumbered.
Thanks for posting Representative Cooper's full statement. It was informative.
The Beltline has gained ownership or access to nearly 50% of the right away, built an important trail in West End (many said the project favored the northern section of the city), installed permanent and temporary art, cleaned up long stretches of littered and abandoned greenways, made a long overdue public purchase of an aging and annoying quarry and adjacent land for a park in NW, has been a catalyst for millions of dollars of nearby development, kept its promise of affordable housing funding in its bonds, and gained nearly universal community support for the long term development plan as the city's population undoubtedly grows. I applaud the Beltline team, their partners, the mayor and Council for continuing the development of this 20 plus year project. Like it or not building infrastructure whether parks, water systems or transit doesn't happen over night. Without a plan and determination it never happens. The State's lack of planning and funding has landed us in a pickle on water, air quality and transportation.
No way the city's accomplishments of the last year would have been possible from a bunker. The successes (those you note and others that you omitted) can be attributed to the work of the Cabinet, hundreds of employees, the Council, community leaders, everyday folk and me. The credit belongs to others. I did my part but my contribution wouldn't be sufficient to win the day. I've been serious, hard driving, focused, determined and persistent rather than bubbly and easy going for 64 years. Anyone who thought otherwise wasn't paying attention. Since for most of my life neither women nor African Americans have been portrayed as effective leaders in the media, I never assumed I would be either. Most Atlanta media were skeptical of me and considered me too politically connected when I launched my campaign. And most said so.
However, I agree with you no single decision or statement will make the difference in 25 or 50 years except to those who spend their time talking about what other people do.
My calendar has been public from day 1 & my travel has been above board, hard work from 2002. I'll work hard with integrity until my last day in office 800 plus days. Check the whole record- my taxes which I've released for the last 6 years & my extensive response to the Ethics Comm. Not perfect but darn good!!!!
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