Brandon Graham

Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 3

Website: electbrandongraham.com

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What immediate actions can city council take to aid in curbing the violent crime occurring in Atlanta?

As violent crime increases, our sense of community has to enhance as well. Using the Cobra Crime Reports, city leaders must identify the frequency of crimes, and neighborhoods with active crime, having direct interest in the frequency data in the following categories: Time, Days, Types of Crimes, and NPUs. Our next step is cultivating and implementing what I call, the 360 Degree Tactical Crime Reduction Plan, which includes knowing the data, creating task force to address all area of crimes being committed, creating mental health resource agents within APD, consistently communicating to the public how they can be more vigilant, alert and a better neighbor, a youth intervention plan that includes: Child Services, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta Courts & Judicial System, Restorative Justice Programs and Non Profit Organizations, such as PAD. As well as work with Atlanta Police Department and other city agencies to develop alternatives to armed law enforcement for routine traffic stops. 

Will you make affordable housing a priority of your term on the council, and what actions need to be taking to insure meeting the goal of 20,000 affordable homes by 2026? 

Fair and affordable housing is one of my top three priorities! An increase in the amount of Affordable Housing Bond resource representatives/project managers to aid applicants with the application process should be a priority. My plan is to create a Blight to Bright Advisory Board that includes, community leaders, residents, investors, rehabbers and developers and leaders of the business communities. This advisory board will identify vacant properties with opportunity for development, review upcoming development projects, provide owners, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Housing Authority, and City Planning with a Proposal for said properties. 

Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and how will you work to fast-track it? 

I will prioritize Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan, also, require that Invest Atlanta use the Equity Evaluator Tool developed by TransFormation Alliance when allocating public funds for developments. 

What can the council do to prioritize combating climate change? 

Permeable pavement, ensuring the dissolvement of redlining to allow for no function in flood zones, planting vegetation, and green roofs are among the many solutions to prevent flood damage and preserve the greenland spaces in efforts to combat climate change.

What are three issues specifically affecting your district that you plan to address while on council? 

Lack of fair/affordable housing, unprotected legacy residency and the increase in crime are three issues specifically affecting my district that I plan to address while on council.

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.