ATLANTA - In less than a week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will step down and the city's new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, will take office. Friday, Mayor Reed gave an emotional final press conference reflecting on his eight years as mayor.
Mayor Reed said he would work until the last minute of his last day in office and he delivered. Friday, he held three press conferences about three different parks and said his final goodbye.
He said he did this job at full speed and this is what he wanted to do his whole life and he got to wake up and do every day.
When asked what's next for him, he said he's going to sit down and slow down a bit.
After taking a vacation, the mayor said he plans on doing some teaching.
He will sit on the advisory board at the University of Chicago.
He also plans to write about his experience in office and do a lot of talks about his time as mayor.
When asked about his regrets, he said the biggest thing he left undone was not taking a bigger stake in affordable housing.
Reed blamed the recession for what happened, but he said if he could do it all over again, he would've bought more properties for low-income families.
Overall, he reminded everyone this is a job he has wanted to do since he was 13 years old and he got to live his dream.
Mayor Reed said he has an enormous amount of peace about his time in office.
He said he will sit at Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottom's inauguration on Tuesday with that peace.