Regardless of which woman wins tonight’s election, Keisha Lance Bottoms or Mary Norwood, Atlanta will continue to be a good city. We have the opportunity to make it a great city when more of us regularly participate in meetings, forums, etc. that allow us to be informed and weigh in on decisions being made about our health, housing, safety and economic well being.
1) “A closed mouth does not get fed.”
2) Most of what you need to know about city, county and school boards meetings is on public television (also available on your mobile device) and is kept in archives online. Televised meetings are repeated often (for those without a DVR).
3) You have to participate in the well being of your neighborhood. It does not stay clean and safe by itself. Good neighbors and productive neighborhood associations and Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are what controls these things.
4) If you do not understand the connection between your vote and what our elected officials are doing; your vote and your neighborhood crime rate; your vote and your the amount of blight in your neighborhood; then you have a lot you need to “Google”. The answers are all on your mobile device. No mobile device? Try your “free” neighborhood public library. The librarian is waiting to help you find answers to all of your questions.
Did you know that you can tell whether a neighbor has high or low voter turnout by how it looks? Case in point: If you drive through any neighborhood in the U.S. where all the lawns are pristine and there is very little litter (or none at all), with few exceptions, the voter is high. However, if you drive through a neighborhood and there are lots of unkept yards, lots of blight, and litter; the voter turnout, with few exceptions, is extremely low. The squeaky wheel always gets the oil.
Now, discuss that on social media and among your circle of friends.