Atlanta Mayor Reed confident on Underground, has big homelessness plan

January 31,2017

Source: Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday said he anticipates he will get a deal to sell Underground Atlanta done by Tuesdsay’s drop dead deadline and that Atlantans can expect a major announcement on homelessness this week.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging preview of his “state of the city” speech set for Thursday, Reed handicapped the upcoming mayor’s race, struck a confident tone on negotiations with College Park over car rental taxes needed to keep the Atlanta Hawks downtown and said he’s going to leave redevelopment of Midtown’s civic center to his successor.

But while he was forthcoming about most things, he only teased about his plans on homelessness.

“It’s going to be huge and consequential,” Reed said.”We’re getting ready to make the biggest push around bringing an end to homelessness that we have made as a community. It will have philanthropic support tied to it. “public investment matched dollar for dollar by philanthropy.

It was the mayor’s last editorial board meeting with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before his second term ends and it was clear he wanted to convey what he had done to leave the city better off than when he found it.

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