The Atlanta City Council voted to create a commission to determine how to honor the former neighborhood known as ‘Lightning’.

Atlanta to honor former ‘Lightning’ neighborhood

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to create a commission to determine the appropriate manner to honor the former neighborhood known as ‘Lightning,’ according to a press release.

The neighborhood was once one of Atlanta’s oldest African-American working-class communities before it was razed to make room for the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome.

Lightning’s legacy of churches, close-knit families and perseverance have yet to be recognized with a historical marker, though one exists for the Georgia Dome, according to the legislation.

In other action the Council also voted to:

  • Appoint Donald Penovi to serve as a member of the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust
  • Appoint Kristen Denius as Chief Transparency Officer
  • Execute a lease agreement with CIM Spring Street for the improved property at 160 Trinity Ave.

The Council also presented proclamations in honor of Ann Cramer, Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, Youth Villages AmeriCorps, Dominic Stokes, Gloria Johnson-Rodgers and in recognition of the Day of Religious Pluralism, the Atlanta Track Club for 50 years of the Peachtree Road Race, and the Frederick Douglass High School Lady Astros basketball team for winning the state championship.


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