Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta

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How good is Mayor Shirley Franklin?
Mayor of Atlanta, USA

City Mayors invites its readers to assess the performance in office of Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta. Please rate her overall performance by awarding her marks out of ten. '1' signifies an extremely poor performance, while '10' would rate her performance as outstanding. Please also provide details of what in your opinion are the mayor’s best and worst decisions.

Over time, Mayor Monitor will provide a valuable track record of the mayor's successes and failures as well as her popularity among residents and a wider public. The results will be published on the City Mayors website and updated regularly.

Please note: Due to term limits Shirley Franklin stepped down as Mayor of Atlanta in January 2010.

Please assess Mayor Franklin not more than once a month. In order to eliminate multiple submissions and/or fraudulent as well as organised rating by political friends and foes of the mayor, all submissions are processed manually and, if deemed questionable, cross-checked. Thank you for participating. How good is Mayor Franklin? You decide!

Performance index:
November 2009: 5.85 points out of 10
June 2009: 6.12 points out of 10
April 2009: 6.08 points out of 10

Thumbs up::
• Karsh B (Atlanta): Mended the rift between business and city government
• James B, Atlanta: Supporting and communicating with the business community while seeking to attract jobs and improve city infrastructure.
• PS, Atlanta: Starting the beltline project.
• Anon: Getting the city the King papers in 2006/07.

Thumbs down:
• Karsh B (Atlanta): Harsh relationship with media, often called an "absent mayor". Responsible for bringing on a do-nothing police chief. Crime has skyrocketed under her reign.
• Anon (Atlanta): security in the city and Atlanta Station is where thugs and drug folks have moved. it is unsafe and irry to go there and shop regardless of the time of day. And then it has taken me literally six weeks to get a permit for steps into my house....that is right steps that we are trying to bring into code have to jump through hoops to be honest in this city....very frustrated after 55 years of living in Atlanta
• R A B, Atlanta: Laying off City Of Atlanta Employees
Berry W, Atlanta: The worst Mayor in the history of the city. She is using this controversy over some "threat", that wasn't even a threat, to move public interest from all the other things, Fire, Police, Safety, infrastructure, MARTA, furloughs, CRIME (All time high), and endless moves she has made to make a Atlanta a dangerous city to live in. The police officer in question did not say "He was going to hit you with bad", He said "Sometimes I wish I could hit her over the head with a bat". That is not a threat. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Most Atlanta residents want you out. Your opinion poll is at an all time low. You aren't running our city, you are just collecting a check. Since you have been mayor the crime rate has doubled if not more, houses are burning down, felons are having there cases dropped because the arresting officers won't take time out of there day to be present in court.
• James B, Atlanta: Not firing the police officer who threatened her life by saying he wanted to beat her on the head with a baseball bat.
• Anon: Closing fire stations.
• Anon: She neglects important issues facing Atlanta.
• Anon: She should remember that she was elected Mayor of Atlanta and devote more time to her job.

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