by Moxye Staff
A $1 billion housing affordability plan, ethics reform and an improved partnership with Atlanta Public Schools will top Keisha Lance Bottoms’ priority list, Atlanta’s 60th mayor vowed Tuesday as she took the oath of office at Morehouse College.
Bottoms, a former city councilwoman elected mayor in November after a divisive campaign, was sworn in during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
Bottoms pledged to unite a city where racial, political and geographic differences played a major role in her narrow victory over then-Councilman Mary Norwood.
“We must become an undivided Atlanta locked arm in arm,” she said. “We must put our differences aside to join in a common mission to lift everyone up.”
Bottoms said she soon will roll out a $1 billion plan to increase Atlanta’s supply of affordable housing, a need that has become more critical as the city’s recovery from the Great Recession has driven up home prices.