After a stream of business owners and property managers spoke at Monday’s meeting against an ordinance to ban booting of vehicles on private property, the Atlanta City Council sent the measure back to the Public Safety Committee for further study.

A rendering of the Northside Drive pedestrian bridge. (Courtesy City of Atlanta)

The Atlanta City Council has approved funding for a pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive to connect Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the Vine City MARTA Station. The cost of the bridge, which was originally priced at $12.8 million, is now $24 million. Residents from the neighborhoods around the stadium decried the move, stating the rush to spend the money and complete the project were not motivated by helping the communities, but getting the bridge complete in time for next year’s Super Bowl. Councilmember Michael Julian Bond said he believed the bridge was necessary to help alleviate the traffic caused by pedestrians trying to cross Northside during events at the stadium.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an agreement for the city to join the Employment, Education, and Outreach (EMPLEO) coalition. The coalition is an initiative of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division to address the concerns of recent immigrants who are not familiar with their workplace rights and responsibilities in the U.S. The partnership will help protect Spanish-speaking members of the workforce, as well as employers, from illegal work practices that put them in unfair and unsafe situations.

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.