Chick-fil-A in Vine City shows the need for re-thinking parking

This is a rendering of the new  Chick-fil-A going into Vine City.  The property, about one and a half acres, is big enough to fit 10 or 15 urban commercial buildings into. Instead, the vast majority of this development is parking and a drive thru. About 25-33% of the land is restaurant, and it’s oriented…

Parking Meters in Commercial Districts

The City of Atlanta has proposed installing parking meters along the bustling commercial district along Highland and Lake Avenue in Inman Park. Not unexpectedly, some business owners are concerned that charging for parking will deter people from coming (by car) to the district and their businesses will suffer from lost revenue. But, if done properly…

How do families fit into Atlanta’s growing urban landscape?

This guest post was written by Johanna DeCotis Smith, an urbanist, and a bicycle/transit advocate in Atlanta The Atlanta region has long been heralded as an affordable place to live, with ample opportunities for employment and family-friendly living. Unsurprisingly, projections indicate that the region will grow by 2.5 million people over the next 20 years, with…

Inman Park intersection needs pedestrian-safety fix; could shared-street work?

It’s time for Atlanta to have more than just de-facto shared streets. In instances where it makes sense, let’s make it legal and intentional, with a street designed for safe sharing between cars, bikes and pedestrians.  Someone contacted me on Twitter recently with this question about problems at heavily-trafficked intersection near the Atlanta Beltline in…

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…