Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an ordinance that eliminates cash bonds to secure release from the detention center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. The Atlanta City Council voted to approve the ordinance at its recent meeting. “With this ordinance, we are affirming that people should not be held in jail because they cannot pay bond,” said Bottoms. The ordinance maintains the ability to impose bail and other conditions for certain offenders including violent offenders, repeat offenders, and offenders who fail to appear for their initial hearing. The ordinance also authorizes the Office of the Public Defender to provide additional legal and social services so that defendants are not released into the public without the necessary support and resources needed to integrate back into their communities.

5th Street in Midtown (Courtesy Midtown Alliance)

As part of the ongoing Complete Street Project, Midtown Alliance is requesting proposals for professional design and engineering Services to make improvements along 5th Street between Williams and Myrtle Streets. Work will include replacement of damaged sidewalks and curbing, additional and upgraded ramps and crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, trees, furniture and upgrading the bike lanes.  For more information, visit this link.

Registration is now open for the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk Run. This year’s walk will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, at Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) in Downtown. For the past three decades, the charity 5K has raised more than $9 million in critical funds needed to make a difference for neighbors facing hunger in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. This year the event will feature live music, a kids play zone and delectable eats from some of Atlanta’s best food trucks. The fun begins at noon with the run/walk kicking off at 2 p.m. Through noon Feb. 23, registration is $25 for walkers, $35 for runners and registration the day of increases by $5. To register and for more information, visit this link.

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.