Atlanta Lays Off Executive Director of Urban Design Commission

In the latest round of lay-offs, Atlanta let go its top preservation director and draws protests to the Atlanta City Council.  Karen Huebner, executive director of the city’s Urban Design Commission, was one of the 222 city employees laid off recently as the city sought to offset a $50 million budget shortfall.

For 20 years, Ms. Huebner has led the Urban Design Commission charged with the regulation of 54 officially landmarked buildings and 15 districts.

The most recent brouhaha concerns the Georgia Tech Foundation’s desire to razethe 1927 Renaissance-style Crum & Foster Building in Midtown.

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