Coming off a major election year that somehow is still not finished, you’d think 2021 would be relatively quiet, a time to reset and prepare for what should be a hotly contested slate of 2022 elections statewide.  But in Atlanta 2021 means we have a mayoral race, where Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is facing harsh criticisms from her own side of the political aisle.

Those criticisms will largely be focused on the huge spike in Atlanta’s murder rate, which currently stands at 154, a stunning 62% increase over 2019’s 95.  Shooting incidents in total are up 44%, and the 885 shooting victims in the city in are up from 589 just a year ago.  Much has been written about how violent crime has spiked nationwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout, but extenuating circumstances in Atlanta, which critics have tied to some of Bottoms’ (in)actions, have vaulted it to near the very top of the list of the nation’s most dangerous cities.  

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