Atlanta Mayor Answers Questions About The Debate At Tyler Perry Studios, Public Transit

Nov 7, 2019

How can the city of Atlanta become a leader in mental health reform? Will the city institute an anti-idling law to improve air quality? How have pay raises affected the city's police force?

In the October installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB's Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers these questions amd more submitted by our listeners.

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HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

The November Democratic Presidential Debate will be held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Bottoms responds to an audience question at 5:12 about why she asked for the debate to be held in the city instead in of one of Atlanta's suburban congressional districts.

Tyler Perry Studios will host the debate stage for the November Democratic Presidential Debate.
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My job is to push, push, push for Atlanta every opportunity that I get.
Sen. Johnny Isakson invited Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as his guest to President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union address.
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Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson announced he would retire earlier this year.

At 7:46, Keisha Lance Bottoms reflects on her relationship with the senator and what she'll lose when he leaves office at the end of the year.

I think that we have we are really losing an advocate for the city of Atlanta ... I think Georgia really could be an example to the rest of the nation on how you work across the aisle.
Bottoms called for evidence in the Atlanta Child Murders cases to be re-tested earlier this year.
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This year, Bottoms re-opened the investigation into the Atlanta Child Murders. She also appointed the Atlanta Children's Memorial Taskforce to find an appropriate way to honor those victims.

Bottoms reveals new details at 17:34 for a memorial that will be placed outside the mayor's office in City Hall.

I think it's important that long after our mayor, that future mayors will be able to look at this memorial and remember our children in a significant way.

Several audience members asked the mayor about how Atlanta could redesign the way people move through the city. She touched on topics such as making city streets safer for bikers, devoting more lanes to bus rapid transit and reforming outdated routes.

At 44:15, Bottoms explains why bringing better and more accesible public transit options to the city can be tricky.

Change is difficult. Change is always difficult, but it's necessary.


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