The Atlanta City Council voted down Mayor Kasim Reed’s appointment of disbarred former councilman H. Lamar Willis to the Fulton County / City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority on Monday, June 15. According to the AJC,  Willis was disbarred in 2013 for depositing nearly $30,000 intended for an injured child into his own coffers, but he blamed the incident on an administrative error. He lost his at-large council seat to Andre Dickens in the 2013 election.

Some residents of Little Five Points have expressed concern over a homeless encampment along Moreland Avenue. According to Fox 5, the Atlanta Police and homeless prevention organization HOPE to try and find housing for those living in the camp.

The annual Dump the Pump event kicks off June 18 and encourages commuters to use transit instead of their automobiles.  Atlanta transit use as an alternative to driving alone. Consider these stats from Georgia Commute Options: The average one-way commute time in metro Atlanta is 34 minutes and covers 18.3 miles,* costing the average metro Atlanta commuter $340 a month once fuel, maintenance and parking costs are accounted for. Compare that to the $95 it costs to ride MARTA for a month, and the savings are hard to ignore. For this year’s Dump the Pump celebration, MARTA is bringing back its popular scavenger hunt on June 20 at Five Points station. More info can be found at this link. In addition to MARTA’s efforts, Georgia Commute Options will offer a week-long commute logging challenge, entering anyone who logs a public transit commute on the GaCommuteOptions.com between June 15 and 19 into a $25 prize raffle, with one winner selected per day.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.