Councilwoman Archibong Encourages President Trump to Reverse his Stance on DACA

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jeremy Redmon

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On Tuesday, the council voted 8-2 in favor of a separate resolution --- sponsored by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong -- that urges Trump to reverse his decision on DACA. 

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Councilwoman Archibong Secure $1.2 million to Purchases 6.2 Acres of Forested Land in East Atlanta

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Dan Whisenhunt

                                   770 Shadowridge Drive. Source: Google Street View

                                   770 Shadowridge Drive. Source: Google Street View

Atlanta is buying 6.2 acres of forested land at 770 Shadowridge Drive in East Atlanta to add more green space to the city.

The purchase price is $1.2 million.  The property is being purchased from Susan Schayes, according to DeKalb County property tax records.

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong says the property will increase the city’s tree canopy.

“We have to do all that we can, not only to preserve, but to also increase our existing tree canopy,”  Archibong said in a press release.

The city will make the property available for public use and restrict it to “minimal impact” activities, the press release says.

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The Atlanta Urban Design Commission Affirms Councilwoman Archibong's Recommendation to Officially Nominate Pratt Pullman Yard as a Landmark District

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by: Dan Whisenhunt

Photo taken by Casey Colomb

Photo taken by Casey Colomb

 

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission has officially voted to make the Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood a Landmark District.

The commission determined the site should be a land mark due to its “cultural and architectural significance to the city of Atlanta’s history.”

“The Pratt-Pullman Yard is not only unique in its architectural character but it reflects an important chapter in the history of our city. The buildings are emblematic of a time when railroads played a significant role in our city’s growth,” City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong said in a press release. “It is for these reasons that we want to preserve as many of the existing buildings as possible.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Plan to Help Its Homeless

CBS 46

By Natalie Rubino

Atlanta is hoping to make a dent in its homeless population with a newly secured $50 million plan. 

"I think it's an excellent thing," Anthony Herrell said.

Herrell lived at the Gateway Center. He recently completed the city's Georgia Works program. He now has a job of his own and hopes the city's new plan will help others.

"You know, get back employed and just live happy, joyous and free. This is a great place to start," says Herrell.

The city will invest $25 million through a Homelessness Opportunity bond. The United Way will match that amount.

Some of the goals are to create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth by 2020 and house 147 homeless veterans by end of 2017. The city also wants to permanently house 500 disabled homeless people by 2019.

"There's also going to be wrap around services. You can imagine the needs and we're going to have a way to support people who are in a homeless situation," city councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said.

The city hasn't released an action plan to complete the goals. Archibong said it's a work in progress.

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports MultiMillion Dollar Bond to Help Atlanta's Homeless

NPR

By: Miranda Hawkins

Atlanta's City Council has approved a $26 million bond issue to help the homeless.

Late Monday, the council unanimously approved authorizing the city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, to issue the bonds.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta is also kicking in a $25 million donation. It's part of a plan called ClearPath.

"It's important because it's going to allow us to have the funding that we need to really implement strategies around reducing chronic homelessness," said Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.

The plan focuses mainly on providing permanent and emergency housing but it also looks at preventing families on the brink of homelessness from being displaced. According to a press release, in the next three years the city plans to:

  • “Place 500 chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing;
  • Secure housing for 300 homeless families who will be rapidly rehoused in permanent units;
  • Prevent 100 families from entering homelessness;
  • Create 264 new emergency shelter beds; and
  • Create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth.”

Archibong said the city wants to partner with neighboring municipalities with a focus on DeKalb and Fulton counties.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Tree Canopy on NPR

NPR 

By: Candace Wheeler

 Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

2:18: The Atlanta City Council has approved measures to protect the city's tree canopy. The ordinance imposes a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the ordinance, tells us more.

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Councilwoman Archibong is a Leader in Proactive Efforts to Preserve Atlanta's Unique Tree Canopy

Saporta Report

By: Maria Saporta

On June 19, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved an ordinance by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong to impose a 180-day moratorium on the acceptance of any application to remove more than 10 trees on residentially-zoned land of five acres or larger.

During the moratorium period, the city will examine the impact development is having on the city’s tree canopy, and it will provide the city an opportunity to develop strategies for increasing and preserving the city’s tree canopy, according to a release from the Atlanta City Council.

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The Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Councilwoman Archibong's Moratorium on Tree Removal

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Leslie Johnson

The Atlanta City Council recently gave the nod to an ordinance imposing a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger.

Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong proposed the measure, which passed unanimously.

The six month moratorium gives the city the chance to look into the impact that development is having on Atlanta’s tree canopy and to come up with ways to increase and preserve the canopy, according to city officials. Information supplied by the city says that 36 percent of the city is covered in trees, while other U.S. cities on average have 27 percent tree coverage.

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports the Grand Opening of Kirkwood Electric Bike Company

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By Ellie Ritter, contributor

                                    An Edison electric bike. Photo by Ellie Ritter

                                    An Edison electric bike. Photo by Ellie Ritter

Ryan Hersh just opened the Edison Electric Bike Company in Kirkwood, but his love of bikes and transportation goes way back.

“I pretty much grew up on two wheels,” he said. “Road bikes, dirt bikes, everything. I grew up here in Atlanta, too, and I absolutely love the city.”

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“I am proud to have such a sustainable product assembled in the heart of Kirkwood,” Archibong said in a press release. “As our city, and the world for that matter, grows increasingly conscious of our environment and the impact fossil fuels, it’s nice to have a way of getting around our communities in a way that produces no gas emissions. Electric bicycles allow people who might not normally ride a bike because of hills, distance or physical ability to get around with relative ease.

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Councilwoman Archibong Introduced Legislation to Solidify the City Council’s Stance on the Paris Climate Accord

Atlanta Intown Paper

by Collin Kelley

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Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced a resolution on Monday cementing the City Council’s stance on the Paris Climate Accord. The resolution, which received overwhelming support, expresses commitment to the agreement, which strives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2035. “Atlanta should continue to lead our state and region and commit to doing our part in reaching the goals set in the Paris Agreement by reducing our emissions, seeking cleaner energy sources, and working with our corporate partners in protecting our future,” said Archibong. Last week, Mayor Kasim Reed joined more than 100 U.S. mayors when he announced that Atlanta remains committed to the Paris Climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord.

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