The little-known (in metro Atlanta) Flint River is at the center of an effort to knit the communities around Atlanta’s airport together through greenspace. Credit: Stacey Funderburke

Finding the Flint: How ATL’s Overlooked Waterway Could Spark South Metro Revival

Episode #1 | November 2, 2018 | 15 minutes

Put your hand up if you knew that Georgia’s second longest river runs beneath Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – and that it runs in culverts and ditches through no fewer than five cities and counties surrounding the airport before leaving the metro area. Keep your hand up if you knew this river—the Flint—is at the … Continue Reading →

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Small ATL Development Has Big Ideas for Improving Walkability, Housing Diversity

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | November 2, 2018

It’s called the “missing middle” housing problem. In much of metro Atlanta, neighborhoods have one kind of housing: single-family homes. What’s missing is the mix of housing types often found in older communities – think duplexes, four-plexes, carriage houses, courtyard apartments, and the like. A wide variety of housing – at a range of price-points … Continue Reading →

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Plannerisms: Today we Learn About…Placemaking

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | October 31, 2018

Plannerisms, our series of audio shorts, gives you a clear explanation of planning terms related to things taking place in metro Atlanta today – in 90 seconds or less. Today, we learn about…placemaking. More on Placemaking As you hear in the audio short above, placemaking can range in scale, from a city transforming an empty … Continue Reading →

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How Metro Atlanta Communities are Preparing for our High-Tech Future

By Jim Jaquish | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 14, 2018

From Teslas to terabytes – and what the heck is 5G? – technology is moving fast these days. Self-driving cars, “smart” traffic lights, and other innovations promise to change our region. And this future is right around the corner. That’s why about 400 local elected officials, planners, and transportation experts from around the region gathered … Continue Reading →

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Big Increase in Affluent Renters Shakes Up Local Housing Market

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 13, 2018

Why buy a home when you can rent? That, it appears, is the attitude of a fast-growing number of high-income households in metro Atlanta, according to a new report from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The region’s rental housing market has fundamentally shifted in the past decade, the report found. The following two charts tell the story. … Continue Reading →

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Metro ATL Added 76K in Past Year, Total Population Tops 4.5M. How Many New Neighbors are in Your County?

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | August 22, 2018

You’ve seen the cranes dotting the skyline and the moving vans on the streets. Yep, metro Atlanta’s population boom continues. The 10-county region added 75,800 people from April 2017 to April 2018, the second-largest annual gain since the Great Recession ended. That’s according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Atlanta … Continue Reading →