Residents pack into Atlanta mayor's final town hall

From crime fighting to affordable housing, the mayor of Atlanta was all ears Thursday night at her town hall meeting.

It was a town hall meeting with her department heads at an overflow location at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

“Our challenge is making sure that people can afford to live in this city and that we can attract new residents of all incomes no matter what the race is,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told the crowd at an overflow location at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

She was joined by her the heads of various city departments who answered a wide range of written questions.

One came from Sylvia W.

“I’m concerned about the slider crimes that’s going on,” she said.

Her concerns may be partially addressed with a plan to bring more technology to all parts of Atlanta including the southwest and southeast corridors.

“To get the cameras and license plate readers that we see in other parts of the city which help us be proactive in our crime fighting,” said Chief Erika Shields with the Atlanta Police Department.

Part of safety the crowd was told also involves new affordable housing from investment partnerships.

Chief Housing Officer Terri Lee said more of it is on the way.

“One billion dollars into affordable housing. We’re looking for that investment to produce and preserve about two thousand units by 2026,” said Lee.

She said last year Atlanta invested more than $100 million into affordable housing creating around 2,200 units.

The mayor also added police applications are up after the department got a raise last year.

“We have officers who left the force for higher paying jobs interested in coming back we’ve seen an uptick in our applications so we are encouraged by that,” said Mayor Bottoms.

Also discussed, improvements to parks, fast track permitting, zoning actions to raze blighted properties and more.

Atlanta resident Sammy Favers told FOX 5 News he was encouraged by what he heard at the town hall meeting.

“It seems like they have a fairly good grasp of what needs to happen, what will happen, none of them know that’s why we have politicians,” said Favers.

Thursday night’s town hall meeting was the third and final one in recent weeks.