Tag Archives: Carla Smith

Peoplestown Homeowners Get Meetings with Mayor Reed after Holding Sit-In

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents fighting to save their homes in Peoplestown held a sit-in at City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on November 04, 2015.  As a result of their action, they have a series of back-to-back meetings scheduled with Mayor Reed for December 01, 2015.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously has reported, Tanya Washington, and Robert and […]

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Mayor Reed Defends Lack of Public Input on Turner Field, Noting All Projects Lack Such Input

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a meeting of the City Council of Atlanta’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Council Members heard from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which oversees Turner Field, as well as residents who are fighting to have a say in how their neighborhoods are impacted when the Braves leave.   AFCRA recently invited developers to […]

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City of Atlanta Threatens Mattie Jackson, 93; Whole Peoplestown Block With Eminent Domain

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(APN) ATLANTA — One of Atlanta’s most revered community leaders–Mattie Jackson, 93–is in danger of losing her home to eminent domain as the City moves forward with plans to bulldoze two city blocks in Summerhill-Peoplestown in order to install stormwater detention ponds.   The stretches of Ormond Street and Atlanta Ave. in question were part of the Summerhill neighborhood until […]

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Gammon Street Closure Escalates Racial Tensions in Gentrifying South Atlanta


(APN) ATLANTA — For over one month, Gammon Street, a public road in South Atlanta, has been closed off under questionable legal and political circumstances.   The closure appears to have been prompted by the complaints of White residents, who do not care for Carver High School students traversing through their neighborhoods.   One woman, Kristi Wood, has led a […]

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Atlanta City Council Strikes Down Lamar Willis Appointment

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a surprising turn of events, the Atlanta City Council voted down Mayor Kasim Reed’s nomination of disgraced former Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) to the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority.   Willis lost his City Council seat to Andre Dickens in 2013 after serving for twelve years, during which time he committed numerous ethics […]

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Opacity, Public Exclusion Seen in Mayor’s Statements on Turner Field Redevelopment

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The pending sale of the land underlying Atlanta’s Turner Field, just south of Downtown Atlanta, has been a point of contention for most of the year. Mayor Kasim Reed made controversial statements to WSBTV Channel 2 on or around November 11, 2014, that Turner Field could be sold “very soon,” […]

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Atlanta Passes Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance

(APN) ATLANTA — With this month’s passage of ordinance 14-O-1092, Atlanta’s going to start looking a whole lot greener: the new urban agriculture ruling amends current zoning codes, allowing for the growth of market and urban gardens in the city.   The ordinance passed in a unanimous vote by the Atlanta City Council on June 02, in a vote of […]

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APN Interviews with Sen. Orrock and Angela Stovall, Primary Challenger

(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the Democratic Primary, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and Angela Stovall, who are running for the Democratic nomination for the State Senate District 36 seat.     Orrock has held the State Senate position since 2007, when she was elected to the seat previously held by Sam Zamarripa. […]

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Welsh, Smith (District 1) Compared on Atlanta Council Issues

(APN) ATLANTA — There are some significant differences between the voting record of Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), and how challenger Robert Welsh would have voted on the issues.     BAR HOURS     Smith supported changing bar closing hours to make bars close earlier, at 3am, in 2003.  In 2011, Smith opposed changing them to 4am. […]

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Welsh Questions Smith’s Timing on Glenwood Rezoning Legislation

(APN) ATLANTA — Robert Welsh, a candidate for City Council of Atlanta District 1, criticized incumbent Carla Smith in an interview with Atlanta Progressive News, over the timing of Smith’s introduction of two pieces of legislation changing the zoning and land use designations for 800 and 860 Glenwood Avenue SE.     There, developer Jeff Fuqua has proposed a redevelopment […]

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Smith, Archibong Draw Challengers in 2013 Atlanta Council Race

(APN) ATLANTA — Two more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for seats on the Atlanta City Council: Robert Welsh has announced his plans to challenge Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), and Matt Rinker has announced his plans to challenge Natalyn Archibong (District 5), in the November 2013 election. Smith is a moderate Councilmember, with a current score […]

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Atlanta Councilwoman Carla Smith to Seek Reelection

(APN) ATLANTA — Despite earlier information that suggested otherwise, Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1) is planning to run for reelection in this year’s Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. “I really love my community.  I really have the best district in the city,” Smith told APN.  District 1 includes numerous neighborhoods in Southeast Atlanta, and as part […]

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Supreme Court Bans Secret Votes across State of Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 06, 2012, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued its ruling in the case Cardinale v. City of Atlanta et al., ruling that the Georgia Open Meetings Act indeed requires the listing of the names of those voting against a proposal or abstaining, even in the case of a non-roll-call vote.The present writer filed […]

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Ceasar Mitchell: Council “Made a Mockery” of Themselves

  (APN) ATLANTA — Shortly after the Committee of the Whole of the City Council of Atlanta went into Executive Session on January 03, 2012, during the debate over concessions contracts at Atlanta’s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Council President Ceasar Mitchell made the following remark about the Council: “They made a mockery… (inaudible)… I’m disappointed.” From the video, it is […]

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Atlanta Council to Redistrict for Midtown, Buckhead Growth

  (APN) The City Council of Atlanta has begun the process of redistricting the twelve Council Districts following the 2010 Census results.  The Council held a public hearing to discuss redistricting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Atlanta Progressive News has learned that over the last ten years, significant growth has occurred in Midtown (Districts 2 and 6) and Buckhead (Districts […]

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