Kwanza Hall

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Kwanza Hall at Congressman John Lewis's "Open Night" in November 2007

Kwanza Hall is an American politician currently serving as a city councilman representing District 2 in Atlanta, GA. Hall was first elected to the Atlanta City Council in 2005 and re-elected without opposition in 2009. He represents the neighborhoods of Atlantic Station, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Home Park, Inman Park, the Marietta Artery, Sweet Auburn and the Martin Luther King Historic District, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, and the Old Fourth Ward.[1][2][self-published source] For 2010, he serves as the vice-chair of the City Utilities Committee. He also serves on the Community Development/Human Resources Committee and the Committee on Council.[1][2][self-published source]

Education[edit]

Kwanza Hall graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied political science.[1][2][self-published source][3]

Career[edit]

Before holding elected office, Hall worked in the Fulton County government, and he served as Vice President of Technology for GoodWorks International, a human rights and public service consulting firm co-chaired by Andrew Young. He then moved on to become the Director of Business Development for MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., a position he currently holds.[1][2][self-published source]

In 2002, Hall was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education where he served for three years prior to his election to the Atlanta City Council.[1][2][self-published source] During his time on the Atlanta Board of Education, Hall worked toward closing the achievement gap and contributed to reforms that improved the performance of Atlanta Public Schools on statewide tests.[3]

Hall currently represents District 2 on the Atlanta City Council, a post he was elected to in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2013. Among the most notable of the initiatives he has been involved in during his tenure is the Atlanta Beltline project.[4] Hall has also focused strongly on community improvement including land use, historical preservation, and sustainable development of in-town neighborhoods.[5][6]

In 2016, Hall sponsored legislation[7] that will privatize parts of two downtown Atlanta streets.[8] Hall defended this unprecedented[9][10] legislation by stating the deal was necessary to redevelop Underground Atlanta[11] and that “all the plans haven’t been revealed yet as negotiations continue, but I think the community will be happy.”[12][13] WRS Realty is the private developer that received the concession from the city council.[14] There has been criticism, however, due to the lack of public input and prior notification of the deal: News of the street abandonment broke just days before the measure was voted on, leaving almost no chance for concerned residents to weigh in.

Boards and awards[edit]

Hall serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the Midtown Improvement District, Operation HOPE, the Big Kidz Foundation, the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Creating Pride, and Midtown Bank.[1][2][self-published source]

Hall has been recognized by L.E.A.D Atlanta,[15] the Regional Leadership Institute,[16] Leadership Georgia, and the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program.[1][2][self-published source][17]

Personal life[edit]

Hall lives in the Martin Luther King Historic District with his wife, Natalie, and two sons.[1][2][self-published source]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Atlanta City Council Bio". Atlanta City Council. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Meet Kwanza Hall". Hall for Council. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Honorable Kwanza Hall". Operation Hope. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Five Questions With...Kwanza Hall". A Is For Atlanta. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ Wheatley, Thomas (2009-06-11). "Poncey-Highland Master Plan community meeting scheduled". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  6. ^ Silver, Mary (2008-10-16). "Atlanta Beltline Starts Park in Fourth Ward". The Epoch Times. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  7. ^ Hall, Kwanzaa (2016-12-05). "Ordinance 16-O-1611". atlantacityga.iqm2.com. Atlanta City Council Minutes. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  8. ^ Stafford, Leon (2016-12-05). "Underground Atlanta deal would privatize some downtown streets". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  9. ^ Saporta, Maria (2016-12-05). "Plan to abandon streets at Underground Atlanta draws critics; developer responds - SaportaReport". Saporta Report. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  10. ^ "Michael Kahn, "Atlanta votes to abandon some of the city's oldest downtown" streetshttp://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/12/6/13850806/atlanta-alabama-pryor-streets-underground-atlanta". Retrieved January 3, 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ Hall, Kwanza (2016-12-07). "Bottom line: Underground deal is a win". www.facebook.com. District 2 Atlanta Facebook Page. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  12. ^ "City council votes to 'abandon' streets for Underground Atlanta sale - Atlanta INtown Paper". Atlanta INtown Paper. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  13. ^ Wheatley, Thomas. "City will give away public streets near Underground Atlanta to developer". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  14. ^ Kahn, Michael (2016-12-27). "Underground Atlanta streets won't be abandoned without (possible) legal fight". Curbed Atlanta. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Class of 2005". Leadership Atlanta. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  16. ^ "Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2006 Slideshow (PPT)". Regional Leadership Institute. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Seventh annual Marshall Forum on Transatlantic Affairs held". The German Marshall Fund of the United States. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]

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