Finding the Flint’s Hannah Palmer near where the Flint River surfaces after being piped beneath the length of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Finding the Flint’s Hannah Palmer near where the Flint River surfaces after being piped beneath the length of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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 center of an effort to increase greenspace while promoting responsible development in the neighborhoods surrounding the airport. It’s a dream that’s sort of like the Atlanta BeltLine of the south side…if, instead of railroad tracks, you had water, and the world’s busiest airport. And that’s what this episode’s all about.

The guests

Hannah Palmer, of the Finding the Flint campaign, and author of “Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World’s Busiest Airport

Katherine Zitsch, Manager of Natural Resources at the Atlanta Regional Commission

Resources for this episode

  • Finding the Flint‘s webpage has more details on the history of the Flint River in metro Atlanta as well as the campaign’s vision.
  • Follow the Finding the Flint campaign on social media for news about tours, clean-ups, design workshops, and more.
  • American Rivers’ page on Finding the Flint
  • The Conservation Fund’s page on Finding the Flint
  • Join the community conversation about metro Atlanta’s natural resources and how we use them by hosting or taking part in a Sustainability ARC Civic Dinner.

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What’s Next ATL, produced by the Atlanta Regional Commission, is a community resource that explores how metro Atlanta is growing and changing, and how the region is addressing its most pressing challenges.