what is your future atlanta?
We want to help Atlanta voters understand the issues that are at stake this election season in a positive way. To help you get prepared for election season we have created sharable graphics about the issues that matter most this fall. You can search below and download graphics for you Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram feeds. Help us spread the word and ensure our future leaders know what issues matter to you.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS CLEAN
FACT: Atlanta is home to 10 different watersheds that are vital to our region’s water supply.
FACT: The Atlanta region has 1,500 miles of streams that don’t meet state water quality standards.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS ACCESSIBLE
FACT: 3 out of 4 metro Atlantans drive to work alone. The average commute is over 30 minutes.
FACT: Atlanta has an estimated 2,200 miles of sidewalks, many of them broken. over a 4 year period settlements for lawsuits over broken and dangerous walkways costs Atlanta $4.4 million!
FACT: Under current City of Atlanta law, most sidewalks and their upkeep and repair are the responsibility of private property owners like you!
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS EDUCATED
FACT: In 2016 APS’s graduation rate was only 71.6%.
FACT: Fewer than 3 out of 4 kids are graduating high school in Atlanta.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS GREEN
FACT: We are adding many new parks across Atlanta, yet the parks budget is down 53% from 1997 (adjusted for inflation), not allowing enough funding to keep up our green spaces.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS AFFORDABLE
FACT: Affordable housing means a household shouldn’t spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs (rent/mortgage+upkeep).
FACT: Half of Atlanta area households pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs.
FACT: More than a quarter of Atlanta area households pay 50% of their income on housing costs.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS HEALTHY
FACT: 17.6% of people under 65 in Atlanta don’t have health insurance.
FACT: Food deserts are areas where people don’t have easy access to a grocery store. There are over 35 food deserts inside the perimeter.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS EQUITABLE
FACT: Atlanta is ranked as one of the most unequal cities in America.
FACT: Almost 20% of Atlantans live on $15,000 a year or less.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS PARTICIPATORY
FACT: Only 30% of people voted in our last big mayoral election.
FACT: Nationally only 20% of people vote for local elections when there isn’t a big national race, like a presidential one, also happening.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS CULTURAL
FACT: Atlanta is ranked as a top-tier city for arts related businesses per capita.
FACT: Annual public funding for the arts in Atlanta lags behind even regional competitors like Charlotte.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS SAFE
- FACT: One in 13 Atlantans are under government surveillance or corrections for a low-level drug charge. 76% of them are African American.
- FACT: This costs tax payers and those caught in the system a lot of money that could be spent on more effective safety measures.