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New Atlanta Planning Book Takes Cue From Martin Luther King Jr.

​Atlanta is projecting astronomical growth over the next 20 years, and the city has a new book intended to guide population growth by considering everything from affordable housing to traffic congestion. Equity is the overriding goal, and the guide is built around the idea of the “Beloved Community,” discussed by Martin Luther King Jr. in a 1957 sermon called the Birth of a New Nation. Read more... Read more

Atlanta’s Raising $2.5 Billion to Invest in Transit. Will It Be Money Well-Spent?

For many Atlantans, the problem with their transit system boils down to this simple fact: It’s too scarce. Over the next few years, this will become less so. Last November, the residents of the city endorsed a new, half-cent sales tax that will raise $2.5 billion for transit over 40 years. Still, there are many more decisions ahead that will determine whether Atlanta spends its transit revenue well or not. Read more... Read more

The Growing Influence of Atlanta’s BeltLine

​Residents saw the Beltline plan as a way to harness Atlanta’s rapid growth and strengthen the city’s quality of life—and they were able to create their own pet projects, like farmers markets, bocce ball courts, and a Lantern Parade that grew from 200 participants in 2010 to 75,000 this past year. In turn, local and national organizations like Park Pride and the Trust for Public Land recognized that the BeltLine aligned with their missions, and they helped increase the project’s... Read more

Atlanta Awarded $1M Toward Equitable Development

Atlanta has been selected for a new $1 million development initiative aimed at increasing the equity and affordability of new infrastructure in the city. The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Community Challenge (SPARCC) is a locally driven effort centered around major investments that are environmentally conscious, equitable toward all citizens and climate-friendly. Read more... Read more

What $2.8 Billion Could Do for Atlanta Transit

November 8 was good for U.S. transit. Voters in Los Angeles, Seattle, Columbus, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Spokane and elsewhere passed ballot measures to fund or expand service in their cities and counties. In Atlanta and the surrounding county, voters approved two major measures to fund MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) expansion, the Atlanta BeltLine rail and trail corridor, and other bicycle and pedestrian projects. Read more... Read more
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