The Franklin Years

Beltline

Former Council President Cathy Woolard and I started meeting regularly after our election. In every meeting no matter the meeting agenda Cathy insisted I learn more about the plan for conversion of rail to trails and transit called the Beltline…

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Human Trafficking

In 2005, a study of the Atlanta Women’s Agenda was presented to the mayor to highlight the underground exploitation of many girls who were hidden behind closed doors in escort services, massage parlors, dance clubs, as well as on the Internet….

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Ethics

In order to rebuild confidence in local government, Mayor Shirley Franklin appointed an Ethics Task Force charged with recommending changes in the city’s ethics ordinances. The task force considered three policy alternatives…

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Mayor’s Youth Program

Since it’s inception, the Mayor’s Youth Program awarded almost $7 million and  helped almost 4,000 students prepare for life after high school. The Mayor’s Youth Program was launched by Mayor Shirley Franklin in the summer of 2005….

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MLK Papers

On June 23, 2006 it was announced that the coveted Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers had avoided the auction block at Sotheby’s because of the efforts of Atlanta’s business, civic and private citizens who saw the value of the…

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Profiles in Courage

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award® is the nation’s most prestigious honor for public servants.   In 2005, Shirley Franklin was recognized for her courageous leadership in restoring fiscal stability and ethical government to Atlanta…

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Water / Sewer

Following her election, Mayor Franklin made compliance with the federal consent decrees a top priority. She created a Department of Watershed Management to pull drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater…

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Decreasing Crime

By 2002 the decline in the crime rate in the city had been underway for about 13 years. Despite this decline, the city still ranked at the top of the UCR reports, meaning that although crime had come down, it had not decreased…

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