Earlier today Nurse Hall and her husband attended an open house in Kirkwood. Their car was unattended for about 15 minutes, long enough for a hoodlum to smash a window and steal everything inside.
They called 911. Three times. Each time they got a busy signal.
Last weekend a West End home was gutted by fire as neighbors tried to call 911. More than one said they were on hold for as long as 20 minutes.
The city’s 911 director disputes that, saying it was just seven minutes. As if that’s excusable.
At least they got through. Not so today in Kirkwood.
Put yourself in a criminal’s shoes. You know there’s not enough cops on the street, and if you follow the news you’re likewise aware that by the time 911 answers a call for help you’ll be long gone.
The city’s in crisis, though you wouldn’t know it by listening to Mayor Shirley Franklin. Her second term has been an unmitigated disaster, and in many ways Atlanta is worse off now then when she was elected.
And by the way, our streets are still riddled with potholes.