Inside Atlanta: Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Kwanza Hall

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Welcome to our series Inside Atlanta where we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. We’re chatting with Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman for District 2. Professionally, Hall is a private developer; but the Atlanta native felt drawn to public service, and is serving as city councilman, representing the Midtown, Downtown, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Candler Park, and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. Best known for his Year of Boulevard initiative which aims to provide education, job training, crime prevention, and economic development through the main corridor of the Old Fourth Ward, Hall is a self-proclaimed foodie and local enthusiast. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Hall himself.

I live in... “the Martin Luther King Jr. District of Old Fourth Ward. I love my Old Fourth Ward neighbors, and our neighborhood’s convenient access to cool places we’ve helped bring to town like Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, and the Atlanta BeltLine.”

I wish people knew… “[Atlanta is the] best place to be an entrepreneur, especially in the creative industries. I love that if you have a great idea, you can come to Atlanta and figure out how to make it happen.”

You can find me… “at Cascade Skating Rink on Old School Wednesdays, riding my bike or jogging on the BeltLine giving #KwanzaHi5s, strolling along Sweet Auburn on Edgewood Ave, or at Sunday worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church.”

It’s dinner time, I’m headed to… “I’m an omnivore/foodie at heart, but I recently started eating according to my blood type, which is A. Since my body doesn’t process animal proteins very well I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables and fruits lately. So I’m loving fresh vegetables from Busy Bee Café and Kevin Rathbun’s.”

The clock strikes 5’oclock, I’m drinking… “on the patio at Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall or Bar Amalfi. Relaxed, unpretentious atmospheres are always the best for me.”

If I had to stay in a hotel, I’d check Into… “Sugar Magnolia B&B because it’s convenient to everything, and the hosts are Southern charmers to the core.”

Atlanta’s best-kept secret is… “our farmer's markets! Freedom, East Atlanta, Grow Where You Are, Truly Living Well, Peachtree Road, all of them! Atlanta’s urban agriculture scene is growing so fast and has such talent and support from our community.”

When I’m playing tourist I go to… “the venues that have rotating exhibits like the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, National Center for Civic and Human Rights, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, College Football Hall of Fame, Tom Houck’s Civil Rights Tour, and Herndon Home Museum. I also rent bikes at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle and book Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. And there is always ATL-Cruzers for Segway to golf cart tours if my guests aren’t into biking.”

I get my sweat on… “at one of the 100+ gyms and yoga studios in District 2. I love that FitWit kicks my butt, but especially that they work with kids through FitWit Foundation”

I love spending my money at… “my secret spot for clothes is Caring For Others (an international human services organization) CareMart. Shoes are important! I love Cobbler Union in Inman Park. I also hit up Havana Cigar on Auburn for some hand rolled on the spot (when available) as a way to relax.”

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