The battle over Beltline use during the COVID-19 epidemic has concluded—for now—with restrictions governing who can patronize the multi-use trail system and when.
Aside from that, though, the City of Atlanta’s populace has largely conformed to the guidelines laid out by public health professionals, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on down.
Once ubiquitous, e-scooters have vanished from city streets; previously packed restaurants have switched to takeout- and delivery-only; and intown streets and highways have mostly been vacated of vehicles, save for essential workers on commutes and a few ne’er-do-wells racing each other.
In short, Atlanta has adapted to the public health crisis perpetuated by the spreading novel coronavirus.
As home to the CDC, Atlanta is looked to as the regional influencer in times of biological turmoil. But is it doing its best?
While Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has taken the brunt of coronavirus-related criticism locally, there’s been no shortage of nitpicking for city officials.
Could you do more for those struggling to pay rent? Might the response for homeless individuals in town be more robust? And what happens when the death toll rises?
Though the city’s construction boom seems to be soldiering on (unlike in some other cities) despite regulatory roadblocks, Atlanta—like most other metro areas—seems a shell of its usual self.
Faced with a broadsided economy, an uncertain housing market, and the dubious nature of these times, have city leaders gotten it right?
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