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Tensions Erupt At Falcons Stadium Impact Meeting

Nov 20, 2013

Simmering tensions exploded Wednesday night between Atlanta city officials and representatives of the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

For months, the two parties have worked to develop a plan to divvy up millions in community redevelopment money. The process must be completed before $200 million in city funds can be channeled to the team to help build the new stadium.

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Central Atlanta Progress

The Atlanta City Council passed a largely symbolic resolution Monday urging continued negotiations with the Atlanta Braves.

Last week, the team stunned the Council by announcing its intention to relocate from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County.

Councilman Michael Julian Bond said he didn’t want the history books to show the City Council didn’t at least try.

Amid Legal Battle, Atlanta City Council OKs New Street Vending Program

Nov 4, 2013

Amid a four-year legal battle, the Atlanta City Council Monday signed off on a new street vending ordinance backed by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Shortly after its approval, a Fulton County judge postponed a decision over whether to hold Reed and Police Chief George Turner in contempt of court for refusing to allow street vending under the city's prior ordinance.

Atlanta's City Council approved the new vending program 11-2, with Councilwoman Felicia Moore and Councilman Kwanza Hall opposed. Minutes after the vote, Mayor Reed signed the measure into law.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the accident that caused a chemical spill early this morning.
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For 13 years, the Atlanta Police Department has talked about the number 2,000 – that’s the number of officers it says it needs to be visible on the streets – and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the department is just 20 officers shy of that goal.

“We’ve done this in the toughest time that the country has faced in 80 years,” Reed says.

So how did the city manage to add about 300 officers and give bonuses when it had lost about $100 million in revenue since the recession hit in 2008?

City Councilman Michael Julian Bond chairs the Public Safety Committee.

Two historic churches in Atlanta recently agreed to sell their property, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to build a new billion dollar stadium just south of the Georgia Dome.

The focus now shifts to the project’s impact on surrounding neighborhoods and the $30 million in funds set aside to revitalize them.