Season 2 of the What’s Next ATL podcast is almost here. Listen to the trailer.

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 Season 2 is almost here. This time around, we’re asking one simple question: How do we build the communities we want? From the big-picture prognostications for our next 30 years, to metro Atlanta’s changing cities and neighborhoods, to the future of work, down to the very homes we live in, we’ll explore how to … Continue Reading →

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Help Shape the Region’s Future at ‘Pop-Up’ Open Houses

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Want to have a say in how metro Atlanta grows and changes over the next three decades? Now’s your chance. A series of pop-up open houses are planned across the region, from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2, that offer a chance to learn about regional planning along with hot topics like transportation technology and housing … Continue Reading →

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Metro ATL Adds 72,500 People in Past Year. What Does this Growth Mean?

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission |

It’s probably not shocking to hear that metro Atlanta is adding more people. Just take a look at all the construction cranes dotting the skyline, or the skyrocketing rents, for that matter. What might come as a surprise is how the metro is growing, and where. The 10-county metro area added another 72,500 residents in … Continue Reading →

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Metro Atlanta’s Walkable Urban Centers Put the Region in the Top 10

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Metro Atlanta has a reputation for car-based sprawl. But, according to a recent national report, the region has more walkable urban centers than many of our peers, and those centers may be key to the region’s future economic success. That is, if the social and equity implications of success can be managed. The 2019 Foot … Continue Reading →

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.

Podcast Bonus Episode: Help Plan for Our Future

Happy summer, all. In this bonus episode, we talk about how you—yes, you—can get involved with a long-range planning effort for metro Atlanta that looks all the way out to the year 2050. The Atlanta Region’s Plan covers areas from housing affordability to transportation to economic growth in metro Atlanta  — and the planners want … Continue Reading →

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What's Next ATL Podcast - season 2 promotion

What’s Next ATL: Season 2 Preview

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Hi, all. Get psyched, because this fall, we’re returning with the question: How do we build the community we want? From tiny houses in our backyards, to breweries in our suburban town centers, to questions of job security in the age of robots, we’ll look at how we got here, where we’re going, and…how on … Continue Reading →

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Help Shape the Future of the Chattahoochee River

By Paul Donsky and Marquita Bundrage | Atlanta Regional Commission |

The Chattahoochee River holds a special place in our region, even if the closest some of us get to this vital natural resource is a fleeting glance from a highway bridge. While parts of the river are lined with parks and paths, access remains limited in many areas. That’s why a regional effort called the … Continue Reading →

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How Downtown Woodstock Transformed into a More Lively, Walkable Place

By Marquita Bundrage and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

When Economic Development director Brian Stockton moved to the city of Woodstock in 2007, there were only three or four restaurants within walking distance of City Hall. Now there are 22. Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, the south Cherokee County city witnessed a rapid growth spurt. This inspired Woodstock to start redeveloping its … Continue Reading →

Hulsey Yard

5 Ideas for Redeveloping Atlanta’s Hulsey Yard

By Paul Donsky and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

For about four decades, the Hulsey train yard just east of downtown Atlanta bustled with activity nearly 24 hours a day. But last week, the yard suddenly grew silent. Owner CSX closed the 70-acre facility, shifting freight traffic to a facility in south Fulton County, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While CSX … Continue Reading →

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Exploring the Chattahoochee’s Potential: A Q&A with SCAPE’s Gena Wirth

By Paul Donsky and Marquita Bundrage | Atlanta Regional Commission |

The Chattahoochee River is one of the region’s natural wonders. But in many parts of metro Atlanta, access to the river is limited. The Atlanta Regional Commission, The Trust for Public Land, City of Atlanta and Cobb County have commissioned a $1.5 million study of 100 miles of the river corridor to create a new … Continue Reading →

Emory e-Course Uses Metro Atlanta as Lab to Explore the Meaning of Progress

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Metro Atlanta is young, vibrant place, but we’ve got a fair amount of history, too. Think Civil Rights, Civil War, and even Coca-Cola. An innovative, two-week online course from Emory University that starts Monday is using metro Atlanta as a textbook of sorts to explore the region’s progress and development – and how views about … Continue Reading →

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Looking for “100 Great Ideas” to Improve Housing Affordability

By Marquita Bundrage and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Here’s a sobering statistic: Most metro Atlanta neighborhoods are no longer affordable for families earning less than $50,000 a year, making it hard to afford essentials like food, healthcare and clothing. It’s a serious challenge. But it’s one that the 100 Great Ideas Facebook Campaign is out to tackle—through your input and participation. The week … Continue Reading →