Atlanta City Council would be Kim Parmer’s first elected office. As an engineering project manager, she helped work on the the Historic Fourth Ward Park. Parker said she she’s seen the housing and economic impacts the BeltLine can have, and believes the agency should continue working with the city and others to enhance the positive and offset the negative impacts that such projects can bring. She spoke to Saporta Report via email.
Q: What’s your number one concern for your district specifically?
A: Displacement of existing residents and creating more workforce housing.
Q: What could you do as a Council member about that?
A: Instead of stand-alone and disjointed legislation, I will concentrate my efforts on implementing a citywide housing policy for all incomes, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds that will also address homelessness and includes a fund for down payment and rental assistance. Advocating for senior property tax and rehab incentives/credits, promoting community land trusts for property preservation and lastly I support the creation of more transit-oriented development around our MARTA train stations that have planned and equitable residential and commercial components.
Q: What’s an uncomfortable truth the next Council needs to face?
A: Gentrification and socioeconomic barriers and their impact on our everyday living needs to be properly addressed in order for us as a city to move forward.
Q: What’s something council has gotten right in the last four to eight years?
A: Pension reform.
Q: What’s something Council has gotten wrong or failed to do in the last four to eight years?
A: Develop a citywide housing policy.
Q: Bottom line, overall, why should people vote for you? What’s your pitch to the voters?
A: Part of my platform is taking action and getting results. I’ve been serving my community and Atlanta for a while now. I’m an 11-year resident of Atlanta’s District 4. Four years as a resident of Century Lofts in Mechanicsville and now a seven-year homeowner in the West End Historic District.
While living in District 4, I was also serving my district and the entire city of Atlanta as a past public servant employee of the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. As a project manager in the engineering, planning and construction industry, my work included speaking before several city committees and the full City Council for budgeting, design and construction of major infrastructure projects. I know and understand local government!
In the community, I served as president of the West End Neighborhood Development for three years and I’ve served as chair and member of the Neighborhood Planning Unit T Zoning and Land Use Committee. I am and I have been passionate about doing the work, making realistic recommendations and speaking before applicable city committees in efforts to generate city legislation that positively enhances and impacts our community. I’ve been working for District 4 and intend to continue this work, once elected, as their next Atlanta City Council member.