The car-centric curse of Fuqua mega development hits 17th Street

Last month, ThreadATL and CNU Atlanta co-hosted a walk around the site of a proposed mega development at the corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street. That’s where controversial developer Fuqua is partnering with others to build a massive new grocery store that will be fronted by a parking deck and surrounded by some small…

Actions speak louder than words with city climate-change goals

Urbanists have watched news of the Paris climate change agreement with a keen eye. As seen in the Georgia Conservancy’s Good Urbanism series and CNU’s inclusion of climate change topics, environmental sustainability is intertwined with healthy cities and development. In the wake of Trump’s abandonment of the agreement, it’s been heartening to see cities around…

Is Atlanta transit access more important after the I-85 collapse?

In the wake of the I-85 collapse, there was ffect significant rise in MARTA ridership at certain rail stations, mostly the ones on the northern line where interstate commuters were affected. According to a report from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Brookhaven MARTA Station saw a 66% rise in riders and Sandy Springs Station also saw a big increase…

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…