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Aerial view of downtown Woodstock

How Downtown Woodstock Transformed into a More Lively, Walkable Place

By Marquita Bundrage and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | May 21, 2019

When Economic Development director Brian Stockton moved to the city of Woodstock in 2007, there were only three or four restaurants within walking distance of City Hall. Now there are 22. Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, the south Cherokee County city witnessed a rapid growth spurt. This inspired Woodstock to start redeveloping its … Continue Reading →

Hulsey Yard

5 Ideas for Redeveloping Atlanta’s Hulsey Yard

By Paul Donsky and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | May 9, 2019

For about four decades, the Hulsey train yard just east of downtown Atlanta bustled with activity nearly 24 hours a day. But last week, the yard suddenly grew silent. Owner CSX closed the 70-acre facility, shifting freight traffic to a facility in south Fulton County, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While CSX … Continue Reading →

A sky view of the Chattahoochee River.

Exploring the Chattahoochee’s Potential: A Q&A with SCAPE’s Gena Wirth

By Paul Donsky and Marquita Bundrage | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 23, 2019

The Chattahoochee River is one of the region’s natural wonders. But in many parts of metro Atlanta, access to the river is limited. The Atlanta Regional Commission, The Trust for Public Land, City of Atlanta and Cobb County have commissioned a $1.5 million study of 100 miles of the river corridor to create a new … Continue Reading →

Emory e-Course Uses Metro Atlanta as Lab to Explore the Meaning of Progress

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 12, 2019

Metro Atlanta is young, vibrant place, but we’ve got a fair amount of history, too. Think Civil Rights, Civil War, and even Coca-Cola. An innovative, two-week online course from Emory University that starts Monday is using metro Atlanta as a textbook of sorts to explore the region’s progress and development – and how views about … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Skyline

Looking for “100 Great Ideas” to Improve Housing Affordability

By Marquita Bundrage and Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 3, 2019

Here’s a sobering statistic: Most metro Atlanta neighborhoods are no longer affordable for families earning less than $50,000 a year, making it hard to afford essentials like food, healthcare and clothing. It’s a serious challenge. But it’s one that the 100 Great Ideas Facebook Campaign is out to tackle—through your input and participation. The week … Continue Reading →

A project rendering of the overlook on the Cumberland area’s Bob Callan Trail

Beyond the BeltLine: 4 Innovative Projects on the Bike-Ped Scene

By Kate Sweeney and Curt Holman | April 1, 2019

The Atlanta BeltLine justifiably generates plenty of buzz and headlines. But there’s much more to the region’s bike-ped network. Communities across the region are adding to the well-over-200 miles of trails already in place in metro Atlanta, to develop what will be a comprehensive, connected trail network. Let’s explore four of the most innovative projects … Continue Reading →

A new vision for Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta imagines it as a shared space.

A New, ‘Shared’ Vision for Peachtree Street

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 22, 2019

Imagine a street where bicycles, cars, pedestrians, and yes, even motorized scooters all share the same space, with no markings such as sidewalks or bike paths to delineate where each should go. Shared streets, as they’re often called, are popular in other countries, particularly in Europe. (The Dutch call them woonerfs, or “living streets.”) Now, the … Continue Reading →

How 3 Innovative Atlanta Parks are Transforming Their Communities

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 18, 2019

As springtime draws nearer, many of us are itching to get outdoors. For many metro Atlantans, that means heading to the nearest park. And in our green-canopied region, it’s easy to take parks for granted. But let’s move beyond the swing-sets and walking paths for a moment—and consider how parks can help create a sense … Continue Reading →

Station Soccer has been a big hit for people of all ages

Reminding us Why We’re Here: An Arts and Culture Conversation

By Jim Jaquish | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 6, 2019

A concert in the town square. A mural on the side of a building. An old school converted to a showcase of local history. These are just some examples of how arts and culture play an important role in defining community and fostering thriving, vibrant places to live. Yet arts & culture is often overlooked … Continue Reading →

Two front doors of a duplex

How Zoning (Don’t Yawn!) is Helping Atlanta Deal with Population Boom

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 28, 2019

Zoning updates don’t often generate headlines. But recent changes to city of Atlanta’s residential zoning regulations have received a flurry of press attention. Let’s unpack what’s going on: The Situation: A Swiftly Growing Population Have you counted the construction cranes dotting the skyline? Work crews are having a tough time building enough housing to handle … Continue Reading →

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