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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 →

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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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See Updates to Chattahoochee River Plan and Help Shape its Future

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

Residents will get another chance to weigh in on proposed plans now taking shape to reimagine a 100-mile public realm along the Chattahoochee River, while hearing about updates on significant progress that’s been made. On Nov. 2, the Chattahoochee Working Group will offer a free public forum at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in … Continue Reading →

Season 2 of the What’s Next ATL podcast is almost here. Listen to the trailer.

Episode #1 | October 30, 2019 | 2 minutes

 Season 2 is almost here. This time around, we’re asking one simple question: How do we build the communities we want? From the big-picture prognostications for our next 30 years, to metro Atlanta’s changing cities and neighborhoods, to the future of work, down to the very homes we live in, we’ll explore how to … Continue Reading →

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Metro Atlanta’s Economy is Growing, but Not Everyone Benefiting from the Boom

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 23, 2019

The data folks at the Atlanta Regional Commission have been up to their elbows in metro Atlanta workforce information lately. Their most-recent analysis shows what industries are growing, which are shrinking, and why it’s a good idea to jump on that nursing program you may have been thinking about. All of the information is available … Continue Reading →

Help Shape the Region’s Future at ‘Pop-Up’ Open Houses

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 23, 2019

Want to have a say in how metro Atlanta grows and changes over the next three decades? Now’s your chance. A series of pop-up open houses are planned across the region, from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2, that offer a chance to learn about regional planning along with hot topics like transportation technology and housing … Continue Reading →

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Metro ATL Adds 72,500 People in Past Year. What Does this Growth Mean?

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | August 28, 2019

It’s probably not shocking to hear that metro Atlanta is adding more people. Just take a look at all the construction cranes dotting the skyline, or the skyrocketing rents, for that matter. What might come as a surprise is how the metro is growing, and where. The 10-county metro area added another 72,500 residents in … Continue Reading →

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You’re Not Imagining It – Cost of Living Is Rising in Metro Atlanta

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | August 14, 2019

Healthcare. Groceries. Housing. If it feels like all of it is getting more expensive, that’s because it is. The cost of living is increasing steadily in metro areas, including the Atlanta region – but not at the same pace or in the same way. The data experts at Atlanta Regional Commission took a look at … Continue Reading →

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Metro Atlanta’s Walkable Urban Centers Put the Region in the Top 10

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | August 2, 2019

Metro Atlanta has a reputation for car-based sprawl. But, according to a recent national report, the region has more walkable urban centers than many of our peers, and those centers may be key to the region’s future economic success. That is, if the social and equity implications of success can be managed. The 2019 Foot … Continue Reading →

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3 Ways to Imagine ATL in 2050 – and Help Shape the Region’s Long-range Plan

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | July 24, 2019

Imagine the year 2050. What do you think metro Atlanta will be like three decades from now? Will advanced technology (self-driving cars and other gizmos yet to be invented) bring solutions to age-old problems? Or will today’s challenges only grow as the years pass, leaving us in crisis? These questions are far from academic, late-night … Continue Reading →

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Podcast Bonus Episode: Help Plan for Our Future

July 24, 2019

Happy summer, all. In this bonus episode, we talk about how you—yes, you—can get involved with a long-range planning effort for metro Atlanta that looks all the way out to the year 2050. The Atlanta Region’s Plan covers areas from housing affordability to transportation to economic growth in metro Atlanta  — and the planners want … Continue Reading →

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