The Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved Ordinance 17-O-1056 authorizing the city to issue the final $40 million of the Housing Opportunity Bond. The bonds will be used to fund homeowner renovations, multifamily loans, single family loans, nonprofit development loans and land assemblage for affordable and workforce housing development. The legislation was introduced by Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond and co-sponsored by all members of the council.

Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) has announced the resumption of its Free Fitness Class Series for 2017. The classes are conducted throughout the week at parks and other locations along the Atlanta BeltLine. Free class offerings include traditional exercise disciplines like yoga, aerobics, running/walking/hiking, road and mountain cycling, boot camp-style workouts, and skateboarding. Unique fitness classes like Hiking with Dogs, Caribbean-style workouts, and Sunset and Sunrise Hikes are also available. All classes are led by certified fitness instructors. For more information, visit

Mayor Kasim Reed will participate in the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 Conference in Austin, Texas. Reed will join other elected officials and more than 50,000 leaders and participants representing the business, government, music, film and entertainment sectors. On Friday, the mayor will serve as a panelist for an opening technology session, “Wireless Network Innovation: Smart City Foundation,” focusing on best practices for establishing smart cities in the United States.

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.