Members of the Atlanta City Council were joined by representatives from the Department of Corrections for a tour of the Atlanta City Detention Center on Friday as the city mulls selling the jail. In August, Council member Matt Westmoreland introduced a resolution calling for the jail to be closed. Co-sponsored by Council members Jennifer Ide, Amir Farokhi, J.P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, and Andre Dickens, the resolution calls for a determination on how to repurpose the facility, transition employees and reinvesting the cost savings effectively in the community. The resolution is currently being held in the Public Safety & Legal Administration Committee. The jail has never reached capacity, in part due to Fulton and DeKalb County jails operating nearby and has been primarily used to house immigration detainees, a practice ended by an executive order from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
The city has launched Fix-It ATL, a program designed to identify and speed up the repair of potholes, the beautification of public spaces, and the identification of other infrastructure issues in need of attention. Pothole repair has already been accelerated, according to the Department of Public Works. Through the end of September, DPW has repaired 13,075 potholes in 2018, compared to approximately 2,000 repairs during the same time frame in 2017. “Our pledge to the public is simple: you report it, we’ll repair it,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. The announcement coincides with the launch of the ATL311 phone app, a new platform through which the public can report problems and concerns regarding city services.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Keith Whitney as the City of Atlanta’s first-ever Chief Content Officer – a senior-level position that will focus on curating and sharing new content across a wide range of platforms. The newly created role is part of a new effort to improve communications with Atlanta residents and highlight the city’s efforts to achieve the Mayor’s One Atlanta vision. Many will know Whitney as a longtime TV news reporter for both 11 Alive and CBS 46.