Mayor Delivers Second State of the City Address – Establishes Department of Transportation, Affordable Housing Initiatives, More
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During her second State of the City address this morning, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the city will create a Department of Transportation, establish 20,000 units of affordable housing and create the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Commission.
Currently, transportation work in Atlanta is performed by the Department of Public Works, which repairs Atlanta’s roads; the Department of City Planning, which determines how the city’s thoroughfares could be improved; and Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST, which makes investments for Atlanta’s long-term transportation future, according to city materials.
“I am proud to announce plans to create Atlanta’s first dedicated Department of Transportation, a one-stop shop to better deliver for our city’s mobility future,” Bottoms said in a statement, adding, “All of these departments do a good job, but to do a great job they need to operate from the same playbook.”
The new Department of Transportation will break down organizational silos and create a unified department with the sole mission of creating better transportation options in Atlanta, city materials indicate. The new department will streamline operations, and prioritize improving mobility.
Bottoms also committed to producing and preserving 20,000 units of affordable housing across the city by 2026, according to city materials.
“In our first year in office, we have already invested $100 million in public funds to create thousands of units of affordable housing,” Bottoms said in a statement. “This new goal will motivate us to accelerate our efforts to build One Atlanta by truly and tangibly creating an affordable, resilient and equitable city.”
Finally, Bottoms said she will establish the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Commission, a group tasked with exploring ways to create appropriate ways to remember the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders, according to city materials.
From 1979 to 1981, at least 28 children, adolescents, and adults were killed, according to the FBI. Wayne Williams was arrested for and convicted of two of the murders and linked to 20 more.
“The pain from these crimes never goes away, but by acknowledging their lives in a permanent setting, we pay tribute to them now, and for generations to come,” Bottoms said in a statement.
To read the mayor’s full State of the City address, click here.