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Building a City  Worthy of Our Foundation

Building a City

Worthy of Our Foundation

An accessible candidate for an equitable city

I'm Katie Kissel. I love Atlanta and I've dedicated my life to serving the dream that she represents. I bring real neighborhood organizing experience, working hard to bring neighbors together to compromise, practicing intentionality in addressing issues of equity in the arenas in which I have a voice, and honoring the course that the great civil rights leaders of Atlanta's rich history have set us on...a course that leads to an Atlanta that empowers ALL its citizens to thrive.

"Atlanta is my home. 
This is where my children were born.  This is where
I want 
my grandchildren to visit me someday. I want to protect her legacy while moving her forward to becoming the city on a hill I know she is destined to be."

Katie Kissel
Atlanta City Council Candidate - District 5


Transparent & Efficient Government

The government should work for its constituents—not the other way around. 


While City Hall has made improvements in government accountability, ethics and transparency, we still have work to do to ensure that Atlantans feel they have access to city government processes and information. 


How we will get there: 


  1. Audit our city departments and services to see where we can make process improvements and/or save money that can be better allocated elsewhere—with priority on Departments of Procurement, City Planning and Public Works.  

  2. Streamline permitting processes by centralizing them in a Department of Small Business Services. 

  3. Provide funding to all 25 NPUs for administrative assistance. 

  4. Implement participatory budgeting so Atlantans have a say in how taxpayer dollars are spent. 

  5. Provide further line item spending detail to improve budgetary and spending transparency.




Participatory Budgeting 


NPU University 


Report of the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust


Atlanta is growing. We’re currently building housing at a deficit, and the demand for affordable housing continues to outpace supply. This situation is unsustainable.  At the same time, we must protect current residents, especially low-income and elderly residents from displacement. 


Here’s how we can accomplish that: 


  1. Reduce the tax-burden of low-income and elderly residents by implementing freezes and expanding exemptions. 

  2. Implement inclusionary zoning changes to allow for increased housing options, so residents at every income level can afford to live in our neighborhoods. 

  3. Fix the broken permitting process at City Hall. 

  4. Build Workforce housing by developing un- or under-utilized land owned by the City to house teachers, public safety officers, and city employees.

  5. Incentivize developers to build a portion of their housing product below market rate by using a combination of tax incentives and density bonuses.




Griffin Street Case Study: Why Zoning Matters When it Comes to Housing Choice


Department of City Planning: Neighborhood Change Report 2021 


Who Gets to Take Part in Atlanta’s Growth?

Atlanta City Design Housing

Transportation and Infrastructure

It’s no secret that our transit infrastructure needs work—especially as our city grows. Not only will I help streamline procurement procedures so we can hold onto Federal dolalrs to make badly needed improvements, but I’ll put forth innovative solutions to make our infrastructure safer, more equitable, and efficient.


I’ll work to: 


  1. Improve sidewalks and processes for maintenance, while ensuring they are ADA compliant. We’ll create a designated city sidewalk fund so that the burden doesn’t solely fall on property owners. 

  2. Improve our storm runoff and green infrastructure as we invest in density-positive development. It’s crucial that we update this infrastructure using innovative, forward-thinking solutions like rain gardens, bioswales, etc. 

  3. Invest in public transit infrastructure—Prioritizing investment in diverse transportation options that link neighborhoods with jobs and connects communities to regional resources. This means investing in our bus infrastructure to increase ridership, increase bike-friendly infrastructure, and creatively increase Atlantans’ micro-mobility.

  4. Require the Beltline to be self-funded to relieve our Parks & Recreation budget and direct funds toward other park maintenance and improvements. 

  5. Use District 5 discretionary funds to deliver traffic calming strategies including speed humps, speed cushions, speed tables, bulbouts, and chicanes.



Atlanta’s busted sidewalks are an urban scourge. Can city leaders change that?

Green Infrastructure: How to Manage Water in a Sustainable Way


From Public Transit To Micromobility, A Look At Atlanta’s Transit Landscape

Youth Education and Empowerment

What happens to children between 3 pm and 7 am affects what happens in the classroom from 7 am to 3pm and vice versa. Our city must invest in our youth, and work collaboratively and holistically to meet our children's and caregivers’ needs, both in and outside of school. 


How we’ll do that: 


  1. Increase communication between APS and City Council to work together more efficiently and effectively and create a Council Youth Services Committee. 

  2. Invest city resources in youth services, with schools serving as ground zero. Children and caregivers should be able to meet multiple needs at these pillars of community, like free laundry, free food resources, and mental health resources.   

  3. Meet youth where they are—this means increasing our presence on channels most frequented by young people like social media. 

  4. Require all graduating APS seniors to participate in a community meeting, like an NPU meeting, to increase civic engagement and awareness.

  5. Ask for more oversight on Work Source Atlanta, which is a resource that could provide meaningful impact for young people in our communities. 



Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence

Helping Empower Youth Atlanta


Learning for Justice 


Public Funds Public Schools


Our system of policing was built on a system of white supremacy to exert societal control on communities of color and striking workers. And restorative and transformative justice will make our communities safer—not mass incarceration. I believe in reimagining our system of policing and expanding responses from mental health professionals, social workers, and people with training in de-escalation. The system will not transform overnight, but here are some steps to get to a city where all people and communities feel safe: 


  1. Fully fund The Police Alternatives and Diversion Initiative to operate 24/7, and dispatch PAD calls through 911 rather than 311.  

  2. Shut down the Atlanta City Detention Center and work with Fulton County to address court backlogs leading to jail overcrowding. 

  3. Strengthen the  public-private partnership between Grady Health Services and City of Atlanta to better address mental health services and services for unhoused people that’s currently being provided by ACDC. 

  4. Remove the Citizens Review Board from the police chief’s purview. 

  5. Implement a policy requiring data reporting on APD’s diversion authorizations every month as an accountability mechanism. 




American Police, Throughline NPR


PAD Atlanta


Reimagining Atlanta City Detention Center 


Are Prisons Obsolete?

Together we can build Atlanta into a city worthy of her foundation

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Katie For Atlanta 

PO Box 18060

Atlanta, GA 30316



Tel: 404.369.5684

Email: info@katieforatlanta.com