Hulsey Yard

5 Ideas for Redeveloping Atlanta’s Hulsey Yard

By Paul Donsky and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | May 9, 2019

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 →

A sky view of the Chattahoochee River.

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

By Paul Donsky and Marquita Bundrage | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 23, 2019

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 | April 12, 2019

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 →

Atlanta Skyline

Looking for “100 Great Ideas” to Improve Housing Affordability

By Marquita Bundrage and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 3, 2019

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 →

A project rendering of the overlook on the Cumberland area’s Bob Callan Trail

Beyond the BeltLine: 4 Innovative Projects on the Bike-Ped Scene

By Kate Sweeney and Curt Holman | April 1, 2019

The Atlanta BeltLine justifiably generates plenty of buzz and headlines. But there’s much more to the region’s bike-ped network. Communities across the region are adding to the well-over-200 miles of trails already in place in metro Atlanta, to develop what will be a comprehensive, connected trail network. Let’s explore four of the most innovative projects … Continue Reading →

How 3 Innovative Atlanta Parks are Transforming Their Communities

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 18, 2019

As springtime draws nearer, many of us are itching to get outdoors. For many metro Atlantans, that means heading to the nearest park. And in our green-canopied region, it’s easy to take parks for granted. But let’s move beyond the swing-sets and walking paths for a moment—and consider how parks can help create a sense … Continue Reading →

Station Soccer has been a big hit for people of all ages

Reminding us Why We’re Here: An Arts and Culture Conversation

By Jim Jaquish | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 6, 2019

A concert in the town square. A mural on the side of a building. An old school converted to a showcase of local history. These are just some examples of how arts and culture play an important role in defining community and fostering thriving, vibrant places to live. Yet arts & culture is often overlooked … Continue Reading →

Two front doors of a duplex

How Zoning (Don’t Yawn!) is Helping Atlanta Deal with Population Boom

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 28, 2019

Zoning updates don’t often generate headlines. But recent changes to city of Atlanta’s residential zoning regulations have received a flurry of press attention. Let’s unpack what’s going on: The Situation: A Swiftly Growing Population Have you counted the construction cranes dotting the skyline? Work crews are having a tough time building enough housing to handle … Continue Reading →

Alpharetta City Center is a new mixed-use development in downtown Alpharetta

Alpharetta’s Downtown Took 15 Years to Become an ‘Instant Success’

By Curt Holman | January 24, 2019

You might say that Alpharetta City Center affirms the adage that it takes years of work to become an overnight success. About 15 years ago, Alpharetta began planning to transform its downtown into a more lively and walkable destination that could serve as an anchor for this fast-growing North Fulton community. The city received a … Continue Reading →

A rendering of an aerial view of The Stitch, a deck park covering a portion of 75/85

Parks of the Future…Built Atop Highways?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 18, 2019

Imagine a peaceful picnic atop 14 lanes of rush-hour traffic. It could happen, if Central Atlanta Progress’s “The Stitch” concept becomes a reality. The 14-acre park would cover the Downtown Connector from the Piedmont Avenue bridge north to the Spring Street flyover, an injection of park land that would, in effect, “knit” together spaces long … Continue Reading →

How Constellations Coworking Space Adds to Sweet Auburn’s Revival

By Curt Holman | January 4, 2019

Our Transformations series highlights projects that are helping to reshape the Atlanta region. Constellations Workspace is an innovative coworking space housed in a century old, renovated brick building in downtown Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. But Constellations isn’t just another stylish redevelopment project. It also has a unique mission to connect with the surrounding community, … Continue Reading →

Reinventing Shopping Malls for the 21st Century

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 3, 2019

Above: renderings of North Point Mall renovations Time was, indoor shopping malls were the hot hangouts. Where else could you get a makeover, put in a game of Galaga, and nab the latest cassette tape of your favorite band? Gulp. Showing our age? Well, many shopping malls across the country are, too. In a time … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Skyline

What’s in Store for 2019? 5 Things to Watch in the New Year

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 28, 2018

So, 2018 is in the books, and it was an eventful year. The Atlanta-region Transit Authority – the ATL from here on out – sprang to life, as did Express Lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. We learned how to ride – and dodge – the ubiquitous electric scooters with quirky … Continue Reading →

Crowds mill outside the What’s Next ATL podcast booth at the 2018 ARC State of the Region Breakfast.

Metro Atlanta’s Top Issues in 2019—According to its Leaders

Episode #6 | December 13, 2018 | 13 minutes

For this bonus podcast episode, we asked leaders from around the region to tell us what they see as the biggest issues facing the Atlanta region for 2019. From affordable housing, to transportation, to jobs and more, they gave us an earful. The Guests Christopher Tomlinson, executive director, SRTA and GRTA; executive director, the Atlanta-Region … Continue Reading →

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Crowds cheer on Atlanta United. Photo courtesy Atlanta United.

The Data Cup: How Does Metro Atlanta Match Up with Metro Portland?

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 6, 2018

As Atlanta United prepares to meet the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup this weekend – we can already hear Five Stripes supporters firing up their beloved “A-T-L!” chant – we decided to compare these two proud metro areas where it really matters: the data. We’ll use the penalty shootout format here, with one data … Continue Reading →

Passionate fans cheer and raise hands at a sporting event

Metro ATL, a Region of Transplants, Has Fallen Hard for Atlanta United

By Kate Sweeney and Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 4, 2018

Atlanta would never embrace soccer, many critics scoffed, when the city was awarded an MLS franchise a few years ago. Um, just how wrong was that analysis? A recent story from CNN explores how Atlanta United has captured the city’s heart and, err, united this growing, diverse region. The team is preparing for its first … Continue Reading →

Debbie Aschemeier and Beth Hogan

The Golden Girls, Redux: Inside the Boomer Roommate Trend

Episode #3 | November 15, 2018 | 17 minutes

 Aging? Then this story’s for you. And, guess what? We’re all aging. In just 12 years, one in four of us will be 60 or older in metro Atlanta. And as our demographics change, we need to change how we think about building communities that work for everyone. In this episode, we visit Beth … Continue Reading →

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