Atlanta is the 4th fastest gentrifying city in the US, and it ranks 1st among cities in income inequality. Some neighborhoods get flooded with expensive development that generates further income inequality and displacement, and others see disinvestment, unemployment, severe rent burdens, and debt. Some disinvested neighborhoods have eviction rates above 40 percent. Fulton County has the 3rd highest eviction rate in the country, with close to 800 evictions filed every week.
Atlanta’s parks and underpasses are crowded with people without homes, as City police continue to enforce quality of life ordinances that criminalize poverty and the poor. Atlanta’s affordable housing inventory is woefully deficient and Atlanta’s low-income, Black, and legacy residents are being displaced by rising property taxes, predatory lending, code enforcement, and high rent burdens.
All of these troubling realities are a result of a history of giving sweetheart development deals to billionaires like the $2.5 billion Gulch scheme, using taxpayers’ dollars to build stadiums to host big parties like the Super Bowl for visitors, closing the Peachtree and Pine homeless shelter and evicting people with nowhere to go, and other failed policies and misplaced priorities of a government for the wealthy elite who see profit as their only consideration.
Despite the many promises Mayor Bottoms made on the campaign trail, 2 years into her mayoral term she has done little for those black voters who supported her. Many of the initiatives she has undertaken and policies she has implemented have us further behind the 8 ball. Enough is enough!!
On Monday December 16 at 12 noon join our citywide rally at 68 Mitchell Street on the steps of The People’s House (City Hall) to demand Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has dubbed herself the Housing Mayor, to “Stop Displacing Black People From of Atlanta!”
Speakers will include Tanya Washington and Robert and Bertha Darden, residents from Peoplestown whose homes the City has taken by eminent domain (we demand Mayor Bottoms resolve this issue immediately as these families have been strung along for 7 years now!), advocates for people without homes, members of the Housing Justice League doing work to stem the tide of evictions and to create a BeltLine for All, and other folks who are gathering to demand that our Mayor respond to the needs of the People in the City Too Busy to Hate!