The Human Cost of Atlanta’s Lack of Affordable Housing

This guest post was written by Michael Lucas, who serves as Deputy Director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. The affordable housing crisis and the related eviction crisis in Atlanta have been getting attention from the media, from policy makers, and the general public. As an advocate for low-income tenants for two decades – first as a social…

Why Housing Security Matters to Urbanists

Several weeks ago I attended the SURJ ATL Gentrification Teach-In. It was packed —  about 120 people filled the room. This is obviously something that’s stirring a lot of interest in Atlanta. I basically wanted to find out how Atlantans talk about gentrification with each other, because the issue has come up  at every ThreadATL event and…

What Can You Do When You See a Blocked Sidewalk in Atlanta?

As a companion to Sidewalk Progress: Walkability Takes Work, here are some ideas for helping to keep Atlanta’s sidewalks open to safe passage. Is 311 the best channel for reporting a blocked sidewalk where people are in danger? If the sidewalk blockage is bad enough that pedestrians are being forced to walk in the car lanes…

Sidewalk Progress: Walkability Takes Work

Last October I wrote a post for ThreadATL about long-term sidewalk closures at construction sites throughout the city. It’s a problem that has long hampered walkability in some of Atlanta’s most urban neighborhoods. Fixing it has become a top priority for walkability advocates. Several months later, there is some tangible progress to report. In Midtown, about a half-dozen…

Who Decides What ‘Good Urbanism’ Means in Atlanta? You Do.

Our recent Urbanism Meetup inspired some great discussion, and it reflected the growing interest among Atlantans toward improving public engagement with the city government to ensure good urbanism.  Posted on January 23, 2017 by Darin Givens [ATL Urbanist] By design, ThreadATL is very much a group effort — we need help with defining what “good urbanism”…

Private Streets at Underground: Finding a Better Solution

Published on Jan. 8, 2016 by Per Johnson This past Thursday the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association (ADNA) issued a demand letter to the City asking it to repeal Ordinance 16-O-1611. This rushed and poorly-considered ordinance abandons several blocks of Pryor and Alabama Streets (see image below) to facilitate the sale of Underground Atlanta. The letter asks…