The ribbon cutting for Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market. (Photo Courtesy City of Atlanta)
The ribbon cutting for Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market. (Photo Courtesy City of Atlanta)

Mayor Kasim Reed discussed the dismissal of two high-ranking city officials on May 20 during a press conference Monday morning, according to CBS46. “The decisions we made together Friday are about the future,” Reed said. The Mayor would not go into detail regarding the decision to terminate Department of Watershed Management head JoAnn Macrina and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport general manager Miguel Southwell.  The mayor said he will meet with Atlanta City Council members and give them a briefing on his decisions and how his administration will move forward. Roosevelt Council, Jr. has been named as interim general manager at the airport, while William Johnson, previously the city’s chief operating officer, is interim director of Watershed Management.

PARKAtlanta has been given the boot, according to a report in the AJC. The controversial parking enforcement company was told by the city that its contract would be renewed. Mayor Kasim Reed said the city will solicit bids for new parking enforcement in the next month.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday morning for Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market. The studio is the City of Atlanta’s first urban design pop-up which will serve as an incubator, workspace and meeting place for residents, visitors, design professionals and curious urbanists to connect and share ideas, as well as development plans. The space will remain at Ponce City Market for approximately six months before moving to a different location in the city. It will continue to relocate twice per year so residents citywide can experience the interactive and innovative pop-up.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.