For the last 15 years Kwanza has been working tirelessly to preserve, maintain and build our parks and green spaces. Let’s take a look at Kwanza’s accomplishments in this area:
- 2011 Park Pride Inspiration Award for government leadership
- Sponsored creation of MLK Jr Playground, adjacent to Hope-Hill Elementary School (for years, neighbors complained about lack of a playground for students)
- Sponsored two dog parks: Renaissance Park, Freedom Barkway (Donated $10K from D2 office budget to each)
- Helped create TLW/Urban Farm in MLK Historic District; with MailChimp, we sponsor annual Urban Farming Summer Camps for Boulevard kids
- Sponsored Neighborhood Jazz Series in Historic O4W Park
- Sponsored legislation creating the City’s first skateboard park
- Sponsored City’s first eco-friendly playground at North Ave/Freedom Parkway
- Sponsored first rooftop soccer event
- Sponsored MOU for Woodruff Park
- Founding Council partner with Greening Youth Foundation to provide jobs and workforce training for young low-income adults of Boulevard corridor
Kwanza is committed to continue to expand his green initiatives for the City of Atlanta. As Mayor, one piece of green space that Kwanza will convert into usable space is the Prison Farm. He’s goal is to make it a productive asset for all Atlantans to enjoy.
Affordable Housing Accomplishments
Kwanza believes that affordable housing is the most challenging issue that Atlanta will need to solve over the next four years. There is no “silver bullet” solution; it’s a complex problem that requires a whole range of solutions.
- Supported the Inman Park Aging in Place Initiative – helps guide Inman Park’s transformation into a Lifelong Community by incorporating the needs of older residents into all aspects of community planning, development, and living.
- Convened Old Fourth Ward neighbors and created a master plan that included preserving affordable housing.
- In December 2017, Bedford Pines and surrounding neighborhoods celebrated the opening of City Lights Phase I, which created 87 affordable housing units for seniors. Soon Wingate will break ground on Phase II, which will add an additional 96 units for families.
Public Safety Accomplishments
- Sponsored legislation to increase public safety through security cameras, Mini Police Precincts and Police Body cameras.
- Sponsored and passed Ban-The-Box legislation in 2014 and Pre-Arrest Diversion Program in 2015.
Kwanza sponsored this legislation to create a partnership between the City, Fulton County, our courts, our police and the best in class social service providers. For the next year in some Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, officers will be able to offer someone with a low-level offense access to mental health services and housing, rather than having jail as the only option.
Accessible Transportation Accomplishments
- Supported and passed a multitude of traffic and congestion mitigation measures via intersection and right-of way improvements as well as the MARTA & TSPLOST “S” Concept. The S concept includes linking the BeltLine light rail to the new Armour Yard station, the Downtown streetcar and other Intown transit facilities.
- Sponsored bike lanes and bike share initiatives to promote city-wide accessibility.
Economic Development Accomplishments
- Supported the Ponce City Market Construction Training Program: a program to train and put people who live in the Old Fourth Ward Community to work.
- Supported Beltline Workforce Housing Overlay: intended to support a diverse workforce and ensure the Atlanta BeltLine’s economic, cultural, and health benefits accrue to people of all income levels.
- Supported the development of Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, Food Trucks and the Beltline.