The AJC and Channel 2 Action News are reporting that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed records of former Mayor Kasim Reed concerning his office’s credit card spending and travel expenditures for his entire tenure in office. The subpoena comes after the news organizations reported on questionable spending for expensive meals, hotels, limousines and airfare.
Atlanta Housing (AH) has retooled its neighborhood site and vicinity standards, a decision that will make room for more units on its Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). While some Atlanta neighborhoods that are in the early stages of revitalization still suffer from pockets of blight, AH said in a statement that it does not want to exclude acceptable properties because of the condition of neighboring homes. A recent evaluation by AH inspectors indicates that 84 percent of homes that failed inspection under the previous standard would pass using the new site and vicinity standard.
The former Boone Park West greenspace in the English Avenue community was officially renamed renamed Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park at a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 24. Johnston, 92, was killed by members of the Atlanta Police Department who used an illegal “no knock warrant” at her home on Neal Street on Nov. 21, 2006. This new community park is part of The Conservation Fund’s national Parks with Purpose program that provide a safe place for kids to play and families to gather, workforce training and employment for area residents, reduce flooding by capturing and absorbing stormwater, support environmental education opportunities, and grow healthy food by incorporating edible landscaping. Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park is the third in a series of parks proposed in the Proctor Creek North Avenue Green Infrastructure Vision to address stormwater runoff.