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Downtown Atlanta’s Big Year

By Stan Washington | 3/21/2014, 3:59 p.m.
The year 2014 is slated to be the biggest year for Downtown Atlanta in nearly two decades.
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Reed pointed out that there are approximately repeat offenders who committed crimes in the city and less than 10 percent “ever see one day in jail.”

“I want to decrease the crime rate by 25 points,” Reed said. “I’m going for a ‘Mayberry’ type environment. We will deliver a level of public safety in the city of Atlanta and in Downtown Atlanta that is unparalleled.”

“And guess what will happen?” Reed added. “Investment will continue to flow into the heart of the city.”

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Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd whose District 12 lies between Downtown and the airport said she is excited about downtown’s continued revitalization.

“I’m proud of what Atlanta is doing and some of the things I heard today is going to take us to a whole another level. Just the buyout ($8 million) of Underground Atlanta is good move. I hope we can make it viable again,” Sheperd said.

“In the next five years, downtown is going to be more awesome than it is, right now,” she added.

Echoing the excitement about the direction Downtown Atlanta was architect Michael Clark of Michael Clark and Associates.

“In the past 30 years, since I’ve been here, Atlanta has always been an exciting city which a great vision and great leadership,” Clark said. “I think the continued attraction of major businesses to the city makes Atlanta one of the most exciting cities in the United States.”