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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 →

A graphic depicting what the future of metro Atlanta may look like, with self-driving, smart cars and green energy features.

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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What’s Next ATL: Season 2 Preview

June 25, 2019 | 1 minutes

Hi, all. Get psyched, because this fall, we’re returning with the question: How do we build the community we want? From tiny houses in our backyards, to breweries in our suburban town centers, to questions of job security in the age of robots, we’ll look at how we got here, where we’re going, and…how on … Continue Reading →

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Help Shape the Future of the Chattahoochee River

By Paul Donsky and Marquita Bundrage | Atlanta Regional Commission | June 5, 2019

The Chattahoochee River holds a special place in our region, even if the closest some of us get to this vital natural resource is a fleeting glance from a highway bridge. While parts of the river are lined with parks and paths, access remains limited in many areas. That’s why a regional effort called the … Continue Reading →

Atlanta’s 2019 LINK Trip visits Pittsburgh.

LINK Recap: What Metro Atlanta Leaders Learned from a Trip to the Steel City

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | June 4, 2019

So, a metro ATL arts leader, parks expert, and government leader walk into a Primanti Brothers… Okay, fine: We don’t know if anyone on the 2019 LINK trip actually visited Pittsburgh’s famously sloppy sandwich dive, but here’s what we do know: About 100 leaders from the Atlanta region converged on the city of Three Rivers … Continue Reading →

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Data Dive: How Metro ATL Gets to Work

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | May 31, 2019

Few things shape our region more than how we get to work. Our commuting patterns determine where we live, work, and shop and can even contribute to health problems (tailpipe emissions – cough, cough! – are one of the main contributors to poor air quality). The Atlanta Regional Commission recently analyzed Census data about commuting … Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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