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Atlanta Region Prepares for Possible Wave of Evictions

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

The economic crisis that accompanied the pandemic has caused widespread unemployment and tremendous economic uncertainty.  So far, a feared wave of evictions in metro Atlanta has yet to materialize – thanks to state and federal unemployment benefits and a hold on eviction proceedings in most counties in the region.  Now, a one-two punch threatens to cause a huge spike in the number of people at risk of losing their homes: … Continue Reading →

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Metro Atlanta Adds 63,600 People in Past Year

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Metro Atlanta grew at a relatively healthy clip in in the year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, adding nearly 64,000 people to bring the 10-county region’s total population to 4.7 million.  That’s according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission. There’s a lot of data to parse, so let’s delve into the numbers.  How Does This … Continue Reading →

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New Data Resources Track COVID-19 Impact in Metro Atlanta

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

The news is dizzying these days, as we face a global pandemic and a recession. It can be hard to make sense of what’s happening.  That’s frustrating for all of us, but especially challenging for metro Atlanta leaders who are working to respond to the crises and craft a path forward.  Here’s a look at several new data tools that put a local … Continue Reading →

CPACS staff prepares to delivery food to older refugees and immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services Supporting Older Atlantans Kick into High Gear During COVID-19

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many once-mundane tasks — like dropping by the grocery store or pharmacy — represent a newfound degree of difficulty, and even risk. This is especially true for folks 65 and up, who are more endangered than others by the highly contagious coronavirus. In these times, many service agencies have stepped up … Continue Reading →

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Comfort Food: Feeding Older Refugees During COVID-19

Episode #13 | | 11 minutes

Every week for years, refugees and immigrants from five Asian countries—all over age 60—would gather for meals at The Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, or CPACS. This was more than nutrition; these were community gatherings. The visits also gave visitors a chance to address crucial needs, from interpreting legal forms, to looking into medical problems. … Continue Reading →

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How to Telework While Social Distancing

Episode #12 | | 12 minutes

So, you’re working at home. And maybe you have everything you need to do it right: your ergonomic chair, your well-lit home office, and your robot nanny bringing you fresh lattes. Or maybe you’re like many of us and find yourself a little stressed by how teleworking is turning out during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re … Continue Reading →

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Downtown Dazzles With Local Stories In Lights

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Mural by: Neka King If you’ve been in downtown Atlanta lately, you might have been dazzled by a cluster of brightly lit digital signage. Don’t be fooled, you’re not actually in Times Square – this display is part of the Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) Arts & Entertainment District (A&E … Continue Reading →

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Kennesaw Finds Its Hippest New Greenspace…in the Cemetery

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Change is coming to downtown Kennesaw. Amidst a population on the rise, two substantial mixed-use developments are planned that will add restaurants, retail, townhomes, and yes, even a couple more hipster breweries to the northwest city’s roster. City leaders are especially excited about a planned 15-acre project that will redevelop the vacant Martha Moore School, … Continue Reading →

A “For Rent” sign hangs in front of a house.

Data Dive: Who Are Metro Atlanta’s Renters?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Where do metro Atlanta’s renters live? How old are they? What is their racial make-up, and what is their experience of life in the A-T-L? An in-depth blog post from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s data experts provides answers to all these questions—important in a time when the availability of affordable rental properties is slim in … Continue Reading →

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.

An A-Town Year in Review: 2019

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission |

As we close the books on 2019, we at What’s Next ATL thought it’d be a good time to take a look back at some of the top regional issues and trends that faced metro Atlanta in the past year. Metro ATL’s population popping Metro Atlanta is growing, and that growth isn’t stopping any time … Continue Reading →

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What’s a Lifelong Community? And How Can We Get More of Them?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

It seems like a simple concept: Build neighborhoods and places that can accommodate people across all stages of life—from toddlers, to twenty-somethings, to those past retirement. Regional planners call them “lifelong communities.” Too often though, neighborhoods in metro Atlanta fail to live up to this promise. Many communities lack the sidewalks and transportation options needed … Continue Reading →

Podcast: Living Small Goes Big

Episode #11 | | 25 minutes

Photo Description: ATL ADU CO recently built Cottage Inman in Inman Park  Could that cute little backyard cottage solve housing affordability? Okay, so…no, not by itself. More and more, though, people are looking to accessory dwelling units — ADUs, for short — to add needed variety to metro Atlanta’s housing stock so that people at … Continue Reading →

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 2

Episode #9 | | 22 minutes

 Whether you call it new urbanism, live-work-play or something else, a certain type of development is sweeping the country right now — and making a big splash right here in the ATL. And despite the fact that this phenom’ is often called “urbanism,” many suburban metro ATL communities are leading the way in the … Continue Reading →

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 1

Episode #8 | | 18 minutes

How did it come to be that a small city a full 30 miles north of the city of Atlanta set the precedent for so-called “urban” design — the sort of pedestrian-friendly planning that’s taking suburban and in-town neighborhoods alike by storm? In this episode, we hear the story of Woodstock, Georgia, long a fairly-typical … Continue Reading →

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What Makes GA Tech’s Kendeda the Southeast’s Most Sustainable Building

By Jo-Leigh Warren |

It’s alive! We’re not talking about Frankenstein, although the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is a marvel of modern science. This “living building,” as it’s called, was constructed to the Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification. This designation is given to buildings that meet all 20 “imperatives” of the Living Building Challenge, which include “green” … Continue Reading →

Kids’ postcards and letters to the distant year of 2020, penned in the late ‘90s

Podcast: Metro Atlanta Time Machine

Episode #7 | | 25 minutes

It’s good to be back! Two modest questions kick off Season 2: What will metro Atlanta look like in 2050? And what do we do now, to make it the place we want? Internationally-renowned futurist Glen Hiemstra fills us in on the large-scale trends he says will shape the region between now and 2050, and … Continue Reading →

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See Updates to Chattahoochee River Plan and Help Shape its Future

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Residents will get another chance to weigh in on proposed plans now taking shape to reimagine a 100-mile public realm along the Chattahoochee River, while hearing about updates on significant progress that’s been made. On Nov. 2, the Chattahoochee Working Group will offer a free public forum at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in … Continue Reading →