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…

ThreadATL 2017 Candidate Grades & Endorsements

ThreadATL’s candidate grades and city council endorsements are based on the following research: attendance at forums, personal conversations with candidates and their staffers, one-on-one interviews with candidates that we publicly hosted, and input from the local urbanist community through online surveys and in-person events. What we are considering here is how well the candidates’ views align…

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…