The right & wrong ways to revitalize Atlanta’s South Downtown

This AJC report on a company named Newport USA reveals that it could very well hold the key to revitalizing a large section of South Downtown. They’ve recently purchased 25 old buildings on Peachtree, Broad and Mitchell streets south of the Five Points MARTA station, with no intention of demolition. They want to renovate the…

Will the great ideas & engagement of Downtown Atlanta plan pay off?

The Downtown Atlanta Master Plan (DAMP) has been collecting ideas through several months of public engagement, via web surveys and in-person meetings. The results are all online and are worth a read. See the full report on public input here. Check out this image above from the survey report – walkability, bike-ability, and architecture all rate…

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…