How is Atlanta keeping pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders safe? Why are solid waste bills suddenly so high? Will the city build more parks?
In the August installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers those listener questions and more.
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HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.
During this year's legislative session, state lawmakers debated a measure to seize control of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Though it ultimately failed, Bottoms called the potential takeover an "act of war."
At 27:30, she doubles down on her commitment to maintain control of the world's busiest airport.
Bottoms hosted Drag Queen Story Hour at City Hall during Pride Month in June. She extended the invitation to Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker after Alpharetta officials shut down the event in their city. Scroll to 43:50 to hear the mayor defend her decision to join Miss Sugarbaker reading with kids.
Atlanta bars currently close at 2:30 a.m, but some "ATLiens" asked the mayor if clubs could stay open as late as 6 a.m. She explains at 45:20 where the city could create more spaces for night owls and party animals while respecting residential areas.
Not relevant to a major issue per se: but what is her opinion on what Atlanta United has done for the city of Atlanta as a whole? #questionsforkeisha
— Will Dickerson (@wbdickerson3) August 6, 2019
Atlanta United won the MLS Cup in December 2018. With that win, the team secured Atlanta's first major sports championship in over two decades.
In August, Atlanta United also brought home the league's first win in the second ever Campeones Cup against Mexican league champions, Club America.
At 47:30, Bottoms answers a question about what the team has done for the city.
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