I would consider the creation of a Parking Authority to better examine and address this issue. However, Atlanta has to become a more transit friendly and walkable city in order to decrease our automobile dependency. This will entail working with all stakeholders to expand sidewalks and rapid transit throughout all major corridors.
I look forward to working with Invest Atlanta and our business leaders to create the most effective strategy for attracting businesses into the city and will make it known my desire to continue an aggressive approach to attracting companies to Atlanta.
I generally support this concept, but an overall policy would need to be thoroughly vetted with input from MARTA and the impacted communities.
Many of our new projects within the city are created with smaller neighborhood storefronts in mind. I will continue to work with our Department of Planning to ensure that all approved projects are based upon not just our current, but anticipated community wants and needs.
Redevelopment should never be at the expense of the historical fabric of our communities. I will support aggressive input from the Department of Planning, impacted neighborhoods, as well as other stakeholders to help preserve the historical identity of Atlanta.
I will continue to strongly advocate and work with MARTA to expand heavy and light rail throughout the City, as well as other stakeholders to expand sidewalks, bike lanes and walking trails throughout Atlanta.
I will also seek creative solutions to address our transit funding issues. For example, I will call upon the ARC and MARTA to explore working with private rail line owners for the use of commercial rail lines by our transit system. Work will also continue on the infrastructure improvements currently taking place and I will work to ensure the expansion of rail and sidewalks throughout Atlanta.
I will call upon our Department of Planning to consider the input of all stakeholders before approving any projects within the city.
I will work with our non-profit and corporate leaders to expand the Displacement Free Zones that I called upon the City to create. I will also require, just as I did with the sale of property around Turner Field, that projects seeking public support, have a percentage designated for long-term affordable and workforce housing.