Courtney Jenee DeDi

Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 6

Website: https://www.facebook.com/courtney4ATL

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

We must hit our already budgeted for and approved staffing targets immediately and expand our existing City of Atlanta program to encourage more first responders to live in the communities they serve. I will ensure our current crime cameras are working properly and invest in more so that we don’t have any more tragedies where we didn’t have the footage necessary to catch a violent killer.

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?

Yes. I will fight to expand public funding for our existing land banks. By doing this, our city can help current land costs hold steady while encouraging diversity. I will fight to expand Invest Atlanta’s current programs, like new homeowner’s down payment assistance. By investing in Atlanta residents becoming homeowners, we stabilize every neighborhood in our city. I will also be the strongest possible partner for low income property owners and fight for new programs and new property tax exemptions that seek to alleviate the burden of homeownership for lower income Atlantans. 

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

Yes. I will introduce and champion the implementation of Trackless Tram over modern, light rail that can be more easily implemented and less expensive. We need transit now, not in 5-10 years. Trackless Tram eliminates the need to negotiate with CSX or Norfolk Southern to gain right of way privileges on their tracks and because it runs on paint, we can address our transit issues in half the time or less. 

What can the council do prioritize combatting climate change?

 I will fight to maintain our tree canopy. What makes Atlanta unique is our city within a forest, and we must fight as a council to ensure our tree canopy is protected. Additionally, prioritizing trackless tram, safe pedestrian pathways and crosswalks, and more protected bike lanes, we can ensure Atlanta will be a safe, beautiful, green, and sustainable city for future generations.

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

After speaking with leaders of each neighborhood, crime is the number one concern followed by failing infrastructure and affordable housing. As our next city councilmember, I will fight to ensure we invest in our first responders, hit our current and budgeted for staffing targets, expand existing programs to encourage our first responders to live in the communities they serve, ensure our current crime cameras are working, and invest in more. 2. Our infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath us, and I will re-implement the accountability of a previous mayor’s program to report potholes and have them filled within 30-60 days. I will fight to ensure our city starts treating sidewalks the way they should, as shared resources, not homeowner burdens, and I’ll work to fix the overwhelming backlog of sidewalk repairs that are stalling out too many of our local businesses. 3. To address affordable housing, I will fight to expand public funding for our existing land banks, expand Invest Atlanta’s current programs like new homeowner’s down payment assistance which will stabilize all of Atlanta’s neighborhoods. I will fight for property tax freezes for seniors on a fixed income, hold property owners accountable for code violations and seek out shell corporations who seek to keep property owners anonymous to move towards condemnation faster which would increase the supply of available land and housing and drive down the cost of ownership for many families across Atlanta, and work with zoning agencies and developers to green light more market driven transportation and parking solutions over acres of land dedicated to acres of parking lots that could be better utilized for creative higher density housing that will drive down Atlanta’s excessive housing costs.

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.