There’s an interesting battle of wills going on between Atlanta’s Mayor Franklin and City of Atlanta councilperson, Felicia Moore of District 9. Mayor Franklin has quietly signed-off on applications to “revitalize” (demolish) the remaining housing projects in District 9 (my district, BTW). A little too quietly for some.
The problem is that the “revitalize-ees” in these projects, some of the most notorious in the city, helped vote Ms. Moore into office way back when, and Moore will be up for re-election in ’09 – in a district that is different (more yuppified in other words; read “white”) than it was when she was won her seat many years ago. (Disclosure, I campaigned for Moore when she ran for City Council originally.)
From Atlanta Progressive News:
Moore’s second bill asks AHA to hold off on demolitions for Bowen Homes, Bankhead Courts, and Hollywood Courts–three communities in the Councilwoman’s District which are family developments–until residents, Council, and the public could review and comment on the demolition applications.
Days after APN reported exclusively on this pending legislation, the Atlanta Housing Authority unleashed a campaign on Monday against Moore’s legislation.
drama story here.