Box 5, Folder 9, Document 3

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Box 5, Folder 9, Document 3

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TO: The Housing Resources Committee of Atlanta
Sub-Committee on Public Housing
During the last year the Sub-Committee on Public
Housing held numberless meetings with many community leaders
and visited a great many acceptable sites for projects.
After days and nights of discussions and tireless blending
of opinions, plans for action were unaminously agreed.
rhe only logical conclusion was reached that (1) subsidized housing must be fairly distributed throughout the city
and, (2) that the only politically feasible way to do this was
by a "package deal" simultaneously presented to Council by the
Mayor and Atlanta Housing Authority with overwhelming community
Our full Committee, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the
Ma yor ' s Citizens Advisory Committee, church organizations and
many others approved and endorsed such procedure.
But when submitted to the Housing Authority the Authority
stated it hadn't studied the plan, failed to approve or disapprov~but instea d proceeded with the single shot approach which
had failed before.
The r esult wa s continuing turn downs of rezoning by the
Aldermanic zoning powers .
. I t is the opinion of the Sub ~Committee on Public Housing
t hat i t is not too late to resubmit those rejected z on i ng
appl i c a tions t hr ough the "pack age plan" on a simultaneous b a sis
t o mee t th e city ' s n eeds for subsid ized hous i ng an d that the
Mayor , the Board of Alderman and th e Atlanta Housing Author ity
shoul d proceed to do so forthwith .
If the same energy, zea l and l ead er s hip of our " power
structure" and c i ty offi c ia ls t h at was mobil ized to bu i ld our
dazzling stadium, luxu~y apartments and magn i ficent h otel s and
office buildings in our urb a n redevelopment a r eas had been
applied with equal energy, zeal and lea d ership to providing
subsidized housing for those who were bu l ldozed out of slums
to make room for these majestic structures, the goal of public
housing our Mayor publicly proc l aimed so long ago would now be
nearly reached.
-2. ;
We have done wonders for the rich. Now, let us do
wonders for the poor!
Therefore, as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Public
Housing and on its behalf, I move that our full Committee
does now reaffirm its position on "package rezoning", and
calls upon its fellow organizations of the city and those
responsible for its implementation to cooperate to put it
into effect.
Member, William Bohn
December 12, 1968
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