The city of Atlanta has an identity crisis. Despite being a growing, urban city, Atlanta’s main identifier is still its highways and traffic. With a population that’s expected to grow by an additional 2.5 million people within the next 25 years, where the city goes from here is crucial to combating this negative perception and building up Atlanta as a thoughtful and well-designed place to live, work and play. This was the heart of the presentation Tim Keane, City of Atlanta Commissioner of Planning, gave to the Midtown Alliance Thursday night.
During the past year, the City of Atlanta has started to take planning for the future of the city seriously. In fact, last May the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development created a design studio called Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market, overseen by Atlanta BeltLine creator Ryan Gravel, to bring recognition to the idea that design is of value to the city and to gather innovative ideas from residents, visitors and design professionals. The Atlanta City Studio has now moved to 2311 Cascade Road, where it is set to open tomorrow.
Atlanta needs a clear identity as a physical, urban place beyond its highways and to capitalize on this amazing opportunity where people are coming back to the city, Keane told the Midtown Alliance. “The purpose of the design is for making the most of this moment in time for the city of Atlanta. It’s an amazing piece of work, and there’s nothing like this in the country.”
For more, view Keane’s presentation on the future of the city on the City of Atlanta’s website.