Downtown Woodstock today
Downtown Woodstock today

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 suburb, characterized by fairly-typical suburban development. Today, its downtown is a regional destination and a model for new urbanism. How did that happen, and what can the rest of us learn from the tale?

The guest

Brian Stockton, Director of Economic Development for the City of Woodstock

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