Closer Look: Tucker Mayor Talks City’s Economic Growth; Longtime Resident Reflects On Historic West Atlanta Neighborhood

City of Tucker's Mayor Frank Auman talks economic development in the region.
City of Tucker's Mayor Frank Auman talks economic development in the region.
Credit Grace Walker

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which begins today in Atlanta.
  • In other news, according to Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the district is awaiting a $10 million payment from the city of Atlanta. It’s a payment that according to APS was due in January from the Westside TAD and a recurring payment from the Eastside TAD. In a statement to “Closer Look,” city of Atlanta spokesperson Michael Smith, said “The funds have been segregated and currently in process to be placed in an escrow account pending resolution of litigation. We encourage the Superintendent to correct her misstatements after speaking with her counsel, who we have been in constant communication with.” Dr. Carstarphen says without the money the district’s FY20 budget is compromised.
  • 3:05: Located on Harwell Street on Atlanta’s Westside is the Johnson family home. Built in 1953, the home belonged to the family of Edward Johnson, a World War II flight instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. Johnson later became the first Afric-American licensed master electrician in Atlanta. Over the decades, the home remained in the family, and recently it was acquired by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation from a family member. Last week, we heard the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s plans to restore the home and sell it to low and middle-income families. Today, Julie Johnson, the daughter of Edward Johnson, joins us in studio to reflect on her memories of her childhood home.
  • 28:36: The city of Tucker was founded in 2015. At the time of the city’s founding, many residents said they wanted more local control and independence from DeKalb County. Monday, we’ll check in with the city’s first mayor, Frank Auman, for an update on the region’s economic development and growth.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. 

A note of disclosure: WABE’s broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education.