Thought Leadership: An Investment in Safety and Security is Stronger Now
This is a Saporta Report Thought Leadership piece by Jim Durrett, executive director – Buckhead CID
Amidst the grim news that the United States surpassed China and Italy with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, I applaud Mayor Bottoms for creating a “shelter in place” order on the City of Atlanta to reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus. I am also heartened by the fact that many of BCID’s projects fall within the “essential business” definition and will be able to continue, which ultimately will help residents and visitors when the crisis passes – hopefully sooner rather than later.
Our mission at the Buckhead Community Improvement District is to create and maintain a safe, accessible and livable urban environment, and “safe” is what I want to focus on today.
On March 25, the BCID board voted unanimously to approve $297,000 in funds to complement and enhance current public safety and security initiatives within the CID boundaries. The board acknowledged that with a 9% rise in property crime, coupled with the possible decrease in first responders based on the coronavirus escalation, we needed to take extra steps to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.