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Planned Evander Holyfield Statue A Part of Atlanta Public Art

A sculpture honoring champion boxer Evander Holyfield will be erected in front of the Flatiron Building in Downtown Atlanta. The nine-foot bronze sculpture, by master sculptor Brian Hanlon, will be installed on the site in early 2018 — a part of a public art initiative undertaken by Mayor Kasim Reed. 

Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms Face Off Today on GPB

Still trying to decide who you’ll vote for in the race for Atlanta mayor, tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting today at 2 p.m. for a special a runoff debate between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. You can also catch it live on 88.5 FM or streaming at gpbnews.org.

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Close of the Sale of the Civic Center to the Atlanta Housing Authority

Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the City of Atlanta has sold the Civic Center to the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) for $31 million. Mayor Reed was joined by AHA President and CEO Catherine Buell and Invest Atlanta General Counsel and Senior Vice President Rosalind Rubens Newell for the announcement. AHA will partner with Weingarten Realty Investors to develop plans for the site, which is expected to result in a $300 million total investment, and will commit to 30 percent affordable housing at a time when affordability and mobility are the most important issues facing our city.

For the sake of Detroit, Conyers must do the right thing

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Rep. John Conyers

Am I grateful to Rep. John Conyers, the ‘dean’ of the U.S. House of Representatives and its longest serving member, for all his years of dedicated service to the people of Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the entire United States? Of course I am. All of us should be grateful and proud of what this man has accomplished and achieved on our behalf. He is indeed an icon.

National Action Network Board asks Rev. Al Sharpton to delay plans to step down for two years

The Board Chair of National Action Network (NAN), Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, has asked NAN Founder Rev. Al Sharpton to delay his plans to step down as President of NAN in 2019 upon his sixty-fifth birthday. Rev. Sharpton told board members last year that he wanted to focus on his radio and TV platforms, completing two documentaries and concentrate on his long standing dream of building a civil rights museum in Harlem where none currently exists.

Spelman’s Tamara Natalie Madden, Who Painted Ordinary People of African Ancestry Into Royalty, Passes Away Suddenly

Tamara Natalie Madden, an artist and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, has died. She was 42.

The Tom M. Wages Funeral Home outside Atlanta confirmed her death, saying she died as a result of ovarian cancer at her home in Snellville, Georgia, on Nov. 4.

Former Mayoral Candidate Kwanza Hall Endorses Keisha Lance Bottoms for Mayor

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Bottoms lands the endorsement of Councilman Kwanza Hall in the December runoff. The two joined for a joint press conference at John Wesley Dobbs Plaza. Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Bottoms early on, applauded Hall’s decision to endorse Bottoms for Mayor. “We agree that Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best choice for the future of our city,” he tweeted. “This is a huge day for Keisha Bottoms’ campaign for Mayor. I look forward to seeing her and Kwanza Hall work together for Atlanta’s future.”

20 more new DDOT buses hit the streets of Detroit City has now added a total of 100 new buses over past three years; DDOT to purchase 20 new buses each year; nine more to arrive in January 2018 New bus features include: rear destination signs, large rear window, two skylight roof hatches and additional camera on exterior of the bus The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has added another 20 new buses to its fleet to improve reliability and reduce the average age, DDOT Director Dan Dirks said today. The new buses have been arriving over the past several weeks and nine more will hit the streets in January. “This is another important step forward for DDOT and it strives to continually provide better service to its customers and younger, more reliable buses on the road,” Dirks said. “Our plan is to purchase at least 20 new buses each year for the next five years to get the age of our fleet in line with other major transit systems.” DDOT currently has about 300 buses in its fleet. At peak times, 240 buses are on the road, allowing the rest to receive routine maintenance to keep them operating well. The new buses will bring the average age of vehicles in the DDOT fleet to about 8 years, down from an average age of more than 12 years when Dirks took over in 2014. Dirks says the ideal average age for buses in a transit system of Detroit’s size is about six years. The new buses will facilitate service improvements as well as help to improve the rider experience. New buses, new features The New Flyer XD40 model buses are replacements for aging buses that will be removed from the fleet and decommissioned. The new buses come with a few significant new features including, destination signs on the rear of the bus, large rear windows and skylight roof hatches to allow more natural light on the interior, and an additional security camera on the exterior of the bus. Since adding its first 80 new buses in 2015, DDOT has implemented its largest service expansion in nearly two decades (1,500 additional weekly trips), including: Adding 9 new 24-hour routes (previously there were none). Adding 6 new express routes to connect neighborhoods across the city to major job centers in downtown and midtown. Adding a new Fresh Wagon route that provides direct roundtrip bus service to Eastern Market every Saturday with 6 convenient pickup locations across Detroit. Adding a new Mid-City Loop route to connect more low-income neighborhoods in the central part of the city with the jobs and amenities of the new center and midtown areas. Partnering with RTA and SMART to provide express “Reflex” service to and from the suburbs along Woodward and Gratiot Avenue. DDOT also has installed security cameras on the inside and outside of all of its buses and added a dedicated transit police force, which together have significantly improved safety across the transit system. Opportunities available at DDOT DDOT has remained committed to improving transit both internally and externally for drivers as well its customers, by hiring more than 100 bus drivers in 2017. The starting wage for bus drivers is currently $12.69 – $18.29 hourly, including benefits. To be eligible for a bus driver position with DDOT, applicants must have the following qualifications: Completion of high school or G.E.D. Must be able to obtain a Michigan Commercial Driver’s License with Group A or B designation and Passenger and Air Brake endorsements Preferably, two years of experience operating automotive vehicles, as demonstrated by a State Driving Record All persons interested in employment opportunities with DDOT are encouraged to apply for the Transportation Equipment Operator (Bus Driver) positions at http://www.detroitmi.gov/employment

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has added another 20 new buses to its fleet to improve reliability and reduce the average age, DDOT Director Dan Dirks said today. The new buses have been arriving over the past several weeks and nine more will hit the streets in January.