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…

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…