In his first ‘State of the City’ address, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced a new initiative to fight the rising crime rates in Atlanta, in addition to the nightclub areas.
He explained a plan to lower the violence in the city, mainly around the nightclubs. The ‘nightlight division’ plan will include training of nightclub owners and their employees on how to de-escalate violence and responding to emergencies and first aid.
Dickens stated at the Georgia World Congress Center, “Nightlife is a significant part of who we are as a city but bad operators and bad patrons will be kept in line.”
The crowd reacted happily as Dickens announced the relaunching of “Pothole Posse” which promised to fill 30 potholes a day. It was originally launched in the early 2000s by former Mayor Shirley Franklin.
The Affordable Housing Strike Force was announced as well, which plans to create 200,000 affordable housing units over the time period of eight years.
In October 2021, Dickens won the Atlanta mayoral runoff election.