Why does the Atlanta Streetcar keep closing during big events?

City develops tourist/event focused region of downtown. City builds streetcar in downtown, largely focused on tourist transportation. City closes streetcar for most big events for tourists. Why? The city shut down the Atlanta Streetcar during New Year’s Eve in 2017, as it did during some other big events in the last couple of years. And…

Best of Atlanta Urbanism, 2017

These are our favorite advances in good urbanism in the City of Atlanta from 2017. 1. Projects that set a new standard for public engagement MARTA’s public meetings for how to spend the new tax money were really well done. The public meetings and input were handled very well for the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan…

Atlanta’s bias toward driving, on our roads and in the media

Pushing back and challenging the assumptions of car-centric behavior, in urban design and in media coverage, is a key element in achieving positive change toward better urbanism.  This is Moreland Avenue, just north of Little Five Points. My smartphone camera isn’t great at night, so you may have to trust me: there’s a sidewalk over…