What We're Fighting For
Jason is running for City Council to make our streets, safe streets. Jason is running to make our communities, safe communities. Jason is running for City Council to ensure that we preserve the institutions that made our neighborhoods so special in the first place. Jason is running to keep Atlanta, Atlanta, and to ensure that all Atlantans have access to our newfound prosperity and a seat at the table.
Jason believes that slow streets are safe streets, and he will make sure the city invests in policies that will move Atlantans safely. Jason will fight for safe streets by:
- Prioritizing investment in diverse transportation options that link neighborhoods with jobs and connects communities to regional resources.
- Ensuring that the city treats sidewalks as shared resources and commit the city to invest in fixing the backlog of sidewalk repairs while investing in new pedestrian infrastructure.
- Expanding Atlanta’s pedestrian, wheelchair, and bicycle infrastructure to ensure that access and connectivity remain safe and equitable.
- Partnering with MARTA to identify opportunities to enhance existing bus stops with benches and shelters to make multi-modal transportation seamless and to make bus ridership a much more dignified experience.
- Ensuring that the city remains committed to building rail transit along the Beltline corridor.
- Reducing speed limits citywide to 25 miles per hour.
- Removing administrative hurdles and red tape that makes it hard for communities to have speed tables, crosswalks, signage, and light signals installed in our neighborhoods.
- Supporting and resourcing our city’s Department of Transportation so that it can better prioritize Atlanta’s transportation needs and streamline the planning and implementation of those priorities across the city.
- Updating zoning and land use ordinances to remove parking minimums which encourage automobile-centric development patterns.
Jason will fight to end displacement and preserve access to quality affordable housing in District 4 and beyond by:
- Expanding funding for land banks or community land trusts, which would stabilize land costs and promote economic diversity in neighborhoods by ensuring community stewardship of land.
- Adopting mandatory inclusionary zoning practices for transactions involving the sale or transfer of publicly-owned property.
- Employing market-driven solutions, such as ending minimum parking requirements for new construction and removing traditional zoning requirements which would expand housing choices.
- Holding shadow investors who hold blighted properties and code enforcement violators accountable, which would increase the supply of available housing and open more opportunities to families across the city.
- Expanding Invest Atlanta’s home down payment assistance programs, strengthening the pipelines available for residents to become homeowners.
- Working with county-level partners to develop new property tax exemptions for cost-burdened property owners
Jason will fight for safer neighborhoods, supported through strategies that broaden our public safety tools and rethinks the role of police in our communities by:
- Investing in wraparound services centered on social work, community organizing, and economic development, intervening in adverse behavior, and providing stability and opportunities for at-risk youth.
- Creating a Department of Public Safety that recognizes that Atlanta’s myriad public safety needs and challenges require solutions beyond policing.
- Encouraging partnerships with existing community institutions and nonprofits to ensure that ongoing complementary programming and support services are enhanced rather than replaced.
- Changing the culture of policing to encourage more foot patrols in our communities, ensuring that officers are seen, accessible, and made accountable to our citizens.
- Addressing issues related to police retention and morale.
- Investing in programs encouraging residency in policed communities, breaking barriers between officers and those they are sworn to protect.
- Investing in tools and technologies to help reduce the administrative burden placed on public safety officials.