Know Your Councilman: Kwanza Hall

Councilman Hall loves King of Pops. How can you not love this guy?

We think we do a lot of cheerleading on behalf of intown Atlanta, but our efforts are dwarfed by Kwanza Hall, who represents District 2 on the Atlanta City Council. District 2 is easily the hippest district in town, as it includes the neighborhoods of Atlantic Station, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Home Park, Inman Park, the Marietta Artery, Sweet Auburn and the Martin Luther King Historic District, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, and the Old Fourth Ward–including, of course, our own Pencil Factory Flats & Shops.

Besides being integral to the Atlanta BeltLine project, during his tenure Hall has also focused on intown community development including historical preservation, small business development, and sustainable initiatives. He’s also a really great guy (CL‘s Best Local Political Figure in 2009 and runner-up in 2010).

Need more evidence of our councilman being a total rockstar?

Q. If it’s your last meal in Atlanta, where are you going?
The most recently opened restaurant in District 2. As I breathed my last, I’d post a review on Facebook and tweet my friends to support the place.
–From 2009 interview on A is for Atlanta
And with almost 5,000 Facebook friends as of this posting, that’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s maxed out his friend limit, so you now have to go become a fan of his page to get all the Kwanza action on Facebook. You can also follow his voluminous Twitter feed if that’s more up your alley.
Well, recently sat down with Councilman Hall for a pretty great video interview in which he touched on many subjects dear to our heart, like street food, keeping bars and clubs open later within the heart of the city, and the, shall we say, controversial relationship with PARK Atlanta. Check out the interview with Kwanza Hall here.
We love our Korean street taco eatin’, iPhone checkin’, Old Fourth Ward livin’, Tweet-happy councilman. Thanks for your service, Mr. Hall, and we look forward to highlighting more of your awesome city development efforts in the future!