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 movement toward pedestrian-friendly communities with a distinct sense of place.

To understand more about why this is happening and what it might mean for our future as a region, we talk with Ellen Dunham-Jones, director of the Master of Science in Urban Design program at Georgia Tech.

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