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People will have until Jan. 15 to submit ideas on how to spend the money to improve downtown transportation infrastructure, from new sidewalks and crosswalks to lighting enhancements.
After that, Farokhi’s office will assess the suggestions and develop a project list. Residents will then vote to select the winning project.
Residents can submit their ideas at DowntonATLdecides.com.
Atlanta resident Pam Revie-Petterson said she would like to see more bike and scooter lanes and better roads.
“There’s a lot of streets that need to be repaved correctly,” she said. “I’d like to streets cleaned up and speed limits to be reduced.”
Tim Frederick is an environmental scientist who works downtown. He said he likes the idea of turning a street into a pedestrian path that connects to Centennial Olympic Park.
He would also like to see potholes being fixed: “Coming and going from my building [near Five Points] is pretty bad.”
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Tuesday’s launch comes a week after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointed Renew Atlanta general manager Joshua Rowan commissioner of ATLDOT, the city’s new transportation department.
Bottoms also unveiled a comprehensive strategic transportation plan which is scheduled to roll out early next year. The plan outlines 27 goals that will be carried out by the end of 2022.
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The new initiative "Downtown Decides" launches Tuesday and anyone can submit ideas on how to use the $1 million dollars, and no idea is off the table.??