Councilmember Archibong Sponsored Imagine Memorial Update

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By Johanna Smith, contributor

Over 100 people gathered in the cafeteria of Drew Charter School this past Tuesday night to attend an Imagine Memorial update meeting.

The project aims to overhaul and improve the corridor.

They audience hailed from neighborhoods bordering the 5.5–mile stretch of Memorial Drive that comprises the Imagine Memorial project, which stretches from downtown Atlanta to East Lake.

Sponsored by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, whose council district encompasses much of the project area, the meeting featured a brief overview and updates on various projects along the Memorial Drive corridor.

“[Memorial Drive] isn’t a highway, it’s our front yard,” Councilmember Archibong said at the beginning of the meeting.

During the meeting, it was revealed that the Imagine Memorial project had recently received a $32,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), plus $8,000 match of local funds, to update, revise, and adopt the original plan started by Georgia Tech students in fall 2014.

This will allow the project to receive up to $500 million in grants to implement elements of the revised plan through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI).

The LCI process enables citizens to take a more active role in the project’s planning and implementation.

“Anyone interested in becoming more involved can reach out to me, Councilmember Archibong, or his local neighborhood association,” said Greg Giuffrida, Memorial Corridor Executive.

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Councilmember Natalyn Archibong proposes legislation to donate 42K to Atlanta’s civil rights museum

On Common Ground News

By Valerie Morgan

 

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong is proposing legislation authorizing $42,500 in funding to help the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. continue its mission of connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movement.

Last year, it was reported that the Atlanta tourist’s attraction was struggling to meet projected revenues. CEO Derrick Kayongo said the center’s attendance revenues covered less than 50 percent of its costs, forcing the center to rely on donations to make up the rest. Kayongo said total revenue for 2015 was $5.5 million, with $2.6 million coming from about 200,000 in paid admissions, events and retail, and $2.9 million received as donations and gifts. The center had about $3 million in expenses for that period, and spent an additional $1.95 million to repay half of a $3 million working capital loan, the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Archibong, an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion, said this week that the center is a treasure that must be supported.

Archibong has authored and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that encourage inspires matters of acceptance and tolerance including legislation to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights.

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Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced Ordinance for Public Art in Kirkwood

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By: Leslie Johnson

The Kirkwood mural, “Kirkwood Hive,” by artist Allen Peterson is shown as a rendering. Courtesy Atlanta councilwoman Natalyn Archibong’s office.

The Kirkwood mural, “Kirkwood Hive,” by artist Allen Peterson is shown as a rendering. Courtesy Atlanta councilwoman Natalyn Archibong’s office.

The Atlanta City Council recently approved the authorization of public art in the Kirkwood and Edgewood neighborhoods. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced the ordinances, which were adopted at the Jan. 3 meeting.

Both art installations will be murals, and their completion will be contingent upon the schedule of the artists and the weather.

The name of the Kirkwood artwork, by artist Allen Peterson, is “Kirkwood Hive” and will be located on the east wall of the MARTA underpass at the corner of Rocky Ford and College Avenue. The mural for Edgewood, at 1209 Memorial Dr. S.E. by artist Chris Veal, is called “Reflections.”

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Councilwoman Archibong Named Most Progressive Legislator on City Council

Atlanta Progressive News

By: Matthew Charles Cardinale

(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.

APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:

APN has been issuing this Scorecard since 2009.  The Scorecard contains sixty specific votes taken by the Full Council dating back to 2003, in which Atlanta Progressive News has taken a position for or against each legislative item or motion.

Once again, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) is the most progressive legislator on the City Council, with a score of 86 out of 100.

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Atlanta Progressive News Score Card Break Down

Councilwoman Archibong Successfully Revives the Atlanta Youth Commission

Atlanta InTown

The Atlanta City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance co-sponsored by Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong, Andre Dickens and CT Martin approving $52,000 in funding to revive and support the Atlanta Youth Commission. The commission addresses issues regarding policy and legislation that impacts young people. After working to get a functioning board that meets regularly, the Atlanta Youth Commission is again meeting to serve the future of the city. "The Atlanta Youth Commission provides our youth with a forum to advance their ideas as to how they can shape our city," said Dickens. "Providing them with the needed funding will help advance their ability to engage more young leaders to make our city even greater."

Councilwoman Archibong Introduces Legislation to Create Imagine Memorial Task Force

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By Kim Hutcherson

The recommendations of the Imagine Memorial Design Studio could be a step closer to becoming reality.

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong has introduced a measure that would create the Imagine Memorial Task Force. The proposed 27-member task force would supervise approval, adoption and implementation of plans.

“Now that the design plan is complete, it is time to implement those ideas,” Councilmember Archibong said. “This task force will work alongside the community to review the plans and have them officially adopted by the City and the Atlanta Regional Commission to ensure that future development, infrastructure decisions, and new projects are done correctly.”

Archibong is hoping to get some of the recommendations approved under the ARC’s Living Centers Initiative. LCI awards planning grants. That means Imagine Memorial ideas could be grandfathered into current ARC grants. That could help pay for some of the proposed transportation improvements recommended by students at Georgia Tech’s prestigious School of City and Regional Planning.

Archibong pushed for Georgia Tech to choose Memorial Drive as the subject of the year’s Design Studio class.

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Committee for Better Atlanta Notes "Councilwoman Archibong is Well Qualified to Serve"

Committee for Better Atlanta

Natalyn Archibong Q&A: 

What events or experiences caused you to decide to run for this office?

As a three term incumbent, I am intimately aware of the critical issues facing our city. During my tenure on the City Council, we have experienced the challenge of funding the water/sewer consent decrees, acts of God including the 2007 tornado and the floods of Vine City and Peoplestown; the economic recession of 2008 and beyond. As a city we responsibly and aggressively tackled each problem and in the course of doing so, learned more about our strengths (we are fiscally responsible) and our weaknesses (we have become better at emergency response – from snows to floods). I want to build on the lessons learned to assist in strengthen Atlanta. We are working to become a more sustainable city, a greener city, a safer city, more transit oriented, and a place where companies and people want to live and to thrive. In Council District 5, we have recently faced severe public safety challenges. The communities within District 5 deserve to have an experienced and dedicated public servant to assist them in obtaining sustained public safety resources from the city. Similarly, these constituents deserve a public servant who knows and understands our local government, and has built over a decade of professional relationships and experiences which will further our collective goals relative to zoning, infrastructure improvements, safety, and the delivery of basic city services.

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