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Comfort Food: Feeding Older Refugees During COVID-19

Episode #13 | April 7, 2020 | 11 minutes

Every week, refugees and immigrants from five Asian countries—all over age 60—would gather for meals at The Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, or CPACS. These were more than meals; they were community gatherings. The visits also gave visitors a chance to address crucial needs, from interpreting legal forms, to looking into medical problems. Then COVID-19 … Continue Reading →

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How to Telework While Social Distancing

Episode #12 | March 19, 2020 | 12 minutes

So, you’re working at home. And maybe you have everything you need to do it right: your ergonomic chair, your well-lit home office, and your robot nanny bringing you fresh lattes. Or maybe you’re like many of us and find yourself a little stressed by how teleworking is turning out during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re … Continue Reading →

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A 1.5-mile track at Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Ga., where companies test electronic vehicle tech innovations in a real-world environment.

Three Cool Projects Driving Georgia into the Future

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 9, 2020

It seems everyone’s talking about the future of transportation these days. You know, things like self-driving cars and “smart” traffic signals. While it may seem this high-tech future is still a looong way off, there’s a lot happening right now on the ground here in Georgia. Here’s a look at some notable projects that experts … Continue Reading →

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The Region’s Connected Vehicle Technology is Getting Ready to Roll

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 6, 2020

The future of mobility is upon us. A network of “smart” traffic signals is headed for some of the region’s busiest thoroughfares. The system relies on Connected Vehicle (CV) technology – cars that talk to each other and to traffic signals and other infrastructure around them – to improve safety and efficiency. The new tech … Continue Reading →

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How $173B Will Boost Mobility in Metro ATL

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 26, 2020

How do you keep metro Atlanta moving forward when nearly 3 million people are forecast to move here over the next three decades? That’s the daunting challenge facing regional planners and local governments. The answer can be found in major update to the transportation portion of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, recently approved by the Atlanta … Continue Reading →

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Ditching the Commute: New ARC Survey Shows Big Rise in Teleworkers

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 13, 2020

How’s this for a commute? A short walk from the bedroom to the home office or kitchen table. This is becoming commonplace, as more and more metro Atlanta residents are working at least some of the time at home. That’s according to the latest Regional Commuter Survey from the Atlanta Regional Commission, which found that … Continue Reading →

Forsyth Garage mural. Image Credit: Neka King

Downtown Dazzles With Local Stories In Lights

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 3, 2020

Mural by: Neka King If you’ve been in downtown Atlanta lately, you might have been dazzled by a cluster of brightly lit digital signage. Don’t be fooled, you’re not actually in Times Square – this display is part of the Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) Arts & Entertainment District (A&E … Continue Reading →

Downtown Kennesaw

Kennesaw Finds Its Hippest New Greenspace…in the Cemetery

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 31, 2020

Change is coming to downtown Kennesaw. Amidst a population on the rise, two substantial mixed-use developments are planned that will add restaurants, retail, townhomes, and yes, even a couple more hipster breweries to the northwest city’s roster. City leaders are especially excited about a planned 15-acre project that will redevelop the vacant Martha Moore School, … Continue Reading →

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Aerotropolis Corridor May Be Latest In Metro ATL to Go Hi-Tech

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 29, 2020

It’s not rocket science, but smart technology is taking off in a way that may be revolutionizing how we travel in metro Atlanta. One of the “driving” forces in this revolution is C-V2X – meaning “cellular-vehicle-to-everything.” This technology uses the emerging 5G network to allow vehicles to communicate with – you guessed it – pretty … Continue Reading →

A “For Rent” sign hangs in front of a house.

Data Dive: Who Are Metro Atlanta’s Renters?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 31, 2019

Where do metro Atlanta’s renters live? How old are they? What is their racial make-up, and what is their experience of life in the A-T-L? An in-depth blog post from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s data experts provides answers to all these questions—important in a time when the availability of affordable rental properties is slim in … Continue Reading →

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.

An A-Town Year in Review: 2019

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 31, 2019

As we close the books on 2019, we at What’s Next ATL thought it’d be a good time to take a look back at some of the top regional issues and trends that faced metro Atlanta in the past year. Metro ATL’s population popping Metro Atlanta is growing, and that growth isn’t stopping any time … Continue Reading →

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What’s a Lifelong Community? And How Can We Get More of Them?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 30, 2019

It seems like a simple concept: Build neighborhoods and places that can accommodate people across all stages of life—from toddlers, to twenty-somethings, to those past retirement. Regional planners call them “lifelong communities.” Too often though, neighborhoods in metro Atlanta fail to live up to this promise. Many communities lack the sidewalks and transportation options needed … Continue Reading →

Podcast: Living Small Goes Big

Episode #11 | December 4, 2019 | 25 minutes

Photo Description: ATL ADU CO recently built Cottage Inman in Inman Park  Could that cute little backyard cottage solve housing affordability? Okay, so…no, not by itself. More and more, though, people are looking to accessory dwelling units — ADUs, for short — to add needed variety to metro Atlanta’s housing stock so that people at … Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Will a Robot Take My Job??

Episode #10 | November 27, 2019 | 20 minutes

Workforce automation is growing around the nation and right here in metro Atlanta, and — whether you know it or not — likely has some major effects on your job, too. This episode, we’ll hear about how artificial intelligence and other kinds of automation are already deeply enmeshed in our lives — as well as … Continue Reading →

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A $173 Billion Plan to Keep Metro ATL Moving – through 2050

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | November 25, 2019

We all want better ways of getting from Point A to Point B. Now, you have a chance to weigh in on a 30-year, long-range regional plan designed to improve mobility across metro Atlanta. The plan is comprehensive, and it’s big. We’re talking a total of $172.6 billion through the year 2050. If that seems … Continue Reading →

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 2

Episode #9 | November 20, 2019 | 22 minutes

 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 … Continue Reading →

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 1

Episode #8 | November 13, 2019 | 18 minutes

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 … Continue Reading →

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What Makes GA Tech’s Kendeda the Southeast’s Most Sustainable Building

By Jo-Leigh Warren | November 8, 2019

It’s alive! We’re not talking about Frankenstein, although the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is a marvel of modern science. This “living building,” as it’s called, was constructed to the Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification. This designation is given to buildings that meet all 20 “imperatives” of the Living Building Challenge, which include “green” … Continue Reading →

Kids’ postcards and letters to the distant year of 2020, penned in the late ‘90s

Podcast: Metro Atlanta Time Machine

Episode #7 | November 8, 2019 | 25 minutes

It’s good to be back! Two modest questions kick off Season 2: What will metro Atlanta look like in 2050? And what do we do now, to make it the place we want? Internationally-renowned futurist Glen Hiemstra fills us in on the large-scale trends he says will shape the region between now and 2050, and … Continue Reading →

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