Several blocks of Courtland Street could get a major makeover

Recently there were some news articles about the awarding of a $21 million contract to replace the 110-year-old Courtland Street Bridge in Downtown Atlanta. Having made many (unpleasant) trips across its length as a pedestrian, I looked up some info on the project to get an understanding of the scope. The overview map of the…

More housing won’t solve gentrification, but low housing makes it worse

Increase in housing supply is not a silver-bullet answer for displacement, but let’s not dismiss it as a means of addressing specific price increases. Last month I had the privilege of representing ThreadATL on a panel discussion about gentrification in Atlanta, hosted by the Center for Civic Innovation. The event was called “Who is Atlanta Building For?” — it drew…

Public funding for two levels of parking next to Five Points MARTA

Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s funding arm, has voted this week to contribute funding for an apartment development with two levels of parking deck next to Five Points MARTA, where no parking requirements exist. And they did so without required neighborhood notification. If you haven’t seen this proposed apartment building for Underground Atlanta or…