Reforming Atlanta’s neighborhoods, remembering Marshall Rancifer, and helping crowded animal shelters

Atlanta, Ga., Mayor Maynard Jackson is pictured in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, during a mini-summit with national leaders, Dec. 1978. (AP Photo)

In January 1974, Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson made a promise to better involve the city’s neighborhoods in the government’s plans for development, design and more. That promise set the foundation for a network that still exists today: Neighborhood Planning Units.

On the Monday edition of “Closer Look,” the Center for Civic Innovation shares its recommendations for reforming the NPU system as some members of the units and city council think it’s time for a change.

“Closer Look” also remembers the late Marshall Rancifer, formerly an unhoused man struggling with an addiction, who spent the rest of his life helping people just like him. We revisit a 2014 interview with Rancifer from WABE’s 2014 documentary “Stuck In The Bluff.”

Plus, Cheyenne Hoover and Timyka Artist from LifeLine Animal Project share how area animal shelters — including Fulton and DeKalb County shelters —  can be helped during overcrowding while they are hundreds of extra dogs over capacity.