What does Atlanta’s wide-open mayoral race mean for housing policy?
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ 2017 win to claim the city’s chief seat can be attributed, at least in part, to her monumental promise to put $1 billion into affordable housing initiatives before 2026. The goal was to produce and preserve some 20,000 affordable units before what would be the end of her second mayoral term.
Now, though, Bottoms says she won’t be running for reelection. So what does that mean for her housing affordability crusade? Will candidates echo Bottoms and commit to carrying the torch of her One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan? Could pandemic recovery, policing, crime and other hot-button issues overshadow what has long been one of Atlanta’s most pressing matters?