Atlanta City Council Votes to Create a Commission to Determine How to Honor the Former Neighborhood Known as ‘Lightning’

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to create a commission to determine the appropriate manner to honor the former neighborhood known as ‘Lightning.’ 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 (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1120).

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 (Legislative Reference No. 19-C-0029)
  • Appoint Ms. Kristen Denius as Chief Transparency Officer (Legislative Reference No. 19-C-0030)
  • Execute a lease agreement with CIM Spring St. for the improved property at 160 Trinity Avenue (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1112)
  • Amend the resolutions (Legislative Reference Nos. 19-R-327919-R-328019-R-328119-R-328219-R-3283) which name five members to the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust. The papers were referred to the Finance/Executive Committee and Committee on Council. The appointments to be considered are:
    • Attorney – Linda K. Disantis
    • Former Prosecutor – Michael T. Sterling, Sr
    • Former Judge – William S. Duffey, Jr.
    • Professor – Marjorie Fine Knowles
    • City of Atlanta Resident – Paul Zucca

The Council also presented proclamations in honor of Ms. Ann Cramer, Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, Youth Villages AmeriCorps, Mr. Dominic Stokes, Dr. 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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