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Atlanta City Council forms panel to revitalize downtown

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Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis was happy to see his fellow council members vote unanimously Tuesday afternoon in favor of his resolution to form a new advisory group.  The group will be tasked with helping facilitate a revitalization for downtown Atlanta and Underground Atlanta.

"We've never had a specific group from the city that has done something like that," said Willis.

Downtown Atlanta has lagged behind other parts of the city, such as Midtown and Buckhead, in its recent development.

"(Downtown) has been sort of the bane of our existence," said Willis.  "We have to address it, we have to fix it."

The advisory group would look to include people from the business community and from Georgia State University, in deciding the next development steps for downtown and Underground Atlanta.

Some large projects that are already in the works would be incorporated in the plan.

Willis said he expects the group, made up of as many as 25 people, to make a final report by the end of the summer.

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