So many metaphors, so little time 

Mayor Bill Campbell laid out his priorities for Atlanta in the coming year Tuesday in his annual state of the city address. But most of the speech, riffing off of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, seemed to focus squarely on his legacy.

Atlantans should count on the opening of 10 new Cyber Centers -- education centers designed to give low-income Atlantans access to computers and the Internet -- the construction of new recreational facilities, the installation of 160 speed bumps, and specific projects funded through the city's recently-passed $150 million bond referendum.

Campbell said his policies have resulted in the lowest homicide rate in the city since 1966, $1.59 billion in building permits in 2000 and an increase in Atlanta's population while other cities continue to lose residents.

Brushing ethics questions aside, Campbell said he'll continue to focus on issues the public is concerned with. When asked if the public might at least be curious about his legal troubles, Campbell had a sardonic reply: "They're curious about what the stars are going to wear on Oscar night."


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