Once again, Andy Young gets it wrong. No surprise. Instead of spending his time and political capital defending his friends, a true statesman would be speaking up against the many facets of our City that are not working. At what point does the Andy Young crowd lose credibility? Wasn't his defense of Beverly Hall proof enough that his loyalties are not with the people of Atlanta?
The Mayor's only relationships with the State are with Republicans. He doesn't speak to or meet with any of my Democratic colleagues. While it's politically prudent to have a rapport with State Republicans, one would think that a Mayor (who ran as a Democrat in a nonpartisan municipal election, by the way) would at least make an effort to work with his Atlanta delegation. We are the people on the ground and close to the issues. Instead, the Mayor has managed to upset most of us and sold out both the Fulton and DeKalb delegations on Transportation Funding in exchange for a measly seat on the ARC board. In actuality, the Mayor is a better Republican than his opponent ever was.
I have been trying to meet with the Mayor about his inaction on tearing down Alison Court for over two years now. Members of the surrounding community successfully lobbied the City's In Rem Board to order the destruction of the vacant apartments nearly three years ago. Time after time, the Mayor falls back on the same excuse for not acting - that we're waiting on an abatement process to conclude. His lack of action is disgraceful. While he twiddles his thumbs on public safety and code enforcement, families who reside in the Stanton-Delowe-Campbellton corridors live in constant fear. The children of this community deserve more than to live surrounded by vacant, boarded up buildings that attract violent crime. Unfortunately, the feeling of fear and lack of trust in City Hall is shared by residents throughout the city.
People are tired of the way Atlanta looks and want a City Hall based on service, not lining the pockets of the wealthy and well-connected.
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