Jan 202017
 

Jan 2017 Atlanta Urbanist Events

At the beginning of every month, CNU Atlanta sends out an email with all of the urbanist events for that month. If you’d like to get this in your inbox, you can sign up here. If you’d like to let us know of an event, contact us at atlanta@cnu.org.

Bike Share 101 Class with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
JANUARY 7

Want to learn more about Atlanta’s new bike share program? Then this class is for you! These free classes include a free access code for you to try bike share!
Things you’ll learn:
Basics of Bike Share
Safety and etiquette overview
Group riding skills

Things you should bring:
Closed-toe sneakers
Water bottle and sunscreen
Comfortable clothing for being outside/riding
Desire to have fun!

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1 – 2:30 PM
WHERE: Meet at the Bikeshare station at Midtown Marta
COST: Free

2-Way Snow Day BeltLine Hike with Urban Explorers Atl
JANUARY 7

What is a 2-Way First Saturday Beltline Hike, you ask?

+ First Saturday hike on the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
+ Two starting points > Cabbagetown Park and Piedmont Park
+ No charge to participate; just an optional donation
+ All hikers must pre-register online. No walk-ons….
+ You can join the hike at one of four locations (see below)
+ The Cabbagetown group will head north, stopping at Krog Street Market for a hot toddy (or cold beer)
+ The Piedmont Park group will head south, stopping at Ponce City Market for a hot toddy (or cold beer)
+ The two groups will eventually converge somewhere along the Eastside Trail
+ Where we go from there is anyone’s guess. Some may continue their hikes. Others may head to one of the many Beltline restaurants for lunch.
+ Any members who guess the exact location of the “convergence” win a $25 event credit
+ Any non-members who guess the exact location of the “convergence” win a complimentary one-year Explorer membership to Urban Explorers of Atlanta
+ All hikers must pre-register online. No walk-ons!

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Multiple locations (see registration link)
COST: Free

Lunchtime Forum @ Atlanta City Studio
JANUARY 10

Atlanta City Studio is launching a new program on Tuesdays in January at the Studio. Stop by the Food Hall and pick up lunch or bring your own to the Studio at 12:30 PM for a conversation with a member of our Studio Team on topics inspired by Atlantic Media’s CityLab.

The first conversation will be on January 10 inspired by the article “Why Quality of Place Matters by Richard Florida and Andrew Small”(December 28, 2016). You are encouraged to read the articles in advance but it is not required. We will have copies on hand at the Studio that day as well. (Article here.)

WHEN: 12:30 PM on Tuesday, January 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st.
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio @ Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Atlanta City Studio Book Club
JANUARY 11

What is Atlanta’s Vernacular Landscape? Join our January book club on Wednesday, January 11th and discuss our city’s landscape issues. Used copies of ‘Discovering the Vernacular Landscape’ are readily available. Cassie Branum, a multi-faceted urban designer at Perkins+Will Atlanta will be moderating the book club discussion this month. More info here.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 – 8 PM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio @ Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Design Over Doughnuts @ Atlanta City Studio
JANUARY 13

Join the Studio team the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 8 AM for a conversation about architecture, public space and more as we look at Atlanta and images of great cities that inspire us. Start the New Year with design!

WHEN: Friday, January 13th & 27th, 2017, 8:00 AM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio, Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Urbanism Meetup w/ Thread ATL
JANUARY 16

Join Thread ATL for some informal conversation about Atlanta’s urban form. If you’re interested in pedestrian safety, housing affordability, transit use, cycling, livability — and the way we can affect these things through advocacy — let’s get together and talk!
WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2017, 7 – 9 PM
WHERE: Condesa Coffee, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
COST: Free

CAP/ADID Town Hall Meeting
JANUARY 26

Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District want to keep you informed about all things Downtown. To stay connected, don’t miss the next Town Hall meeting on January 26th. All are invited to attend this informal, public event that is intended to keep the community “in the know.”

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 – 9 AM
WHERE: GSU Student Center Auditorium East, 55 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST: Free
Register here.

Westside Trail Walking Tour with Urban Explorers of Atlanta
JANUARY 29

This special (7-mile) walking tour will focus on the Westside Trail, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2017. In recent weeks, construction crews have begun pouring concrete for the multi-use trail. Other exciting developments, such the Monday Night Brewing announcement are drawing significant attention to this area. The purpose of this tour is to allow those who are interested to get a first-hand look at the construction of this new trail as well as the neighborhoods that surround it.

WHEN: Sunday, January 29, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Meeting at Oakland City MARTA Station
COST: Varying prices for members, $20/non-members.

Early Bird Registration–16th Annual Parks & Greenspaces Conference
JANUARY 31

Each spring, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, to explore a selected theme about parks and greenspaces. It is a wonderful environment for networking with elected officials, community leaders, and park advocates who are driven to improve parks and strengthen communities.

The 16th Annual Conference, themed “Connecting with Parks,” will explore how parks and greenspaces bridge gaps between individuals, communities, political jurisdictions, and ecosystems to become places of regional importance.

The keynote speakers for this years conference will be Audrey Peterman, President of Earthwise Productions and author of Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care, and Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers, LLC, senior adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), adjunct professor at  the George Washington University School of Law, and author of People Habitat, who also spoke at CNU 24 in Detroit last year.

Whether a transportation corridor such as a green street, a linear park spanning several neighborhoods, or a network of parks designed to capture rainwater, our parks and greenspace serve a vitally important role in connecting us to the environment, to our neighborhoods, to commerce, and to each other.

WHEN: March 27th, 8 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Atlanta Botanical Garden
COST: $135 Early bird registration/$165 regular price.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Open and available to the first 75 registrants, or by January 31st. Register here.

Nov 152016
 

We have a couple events coming up that you’re going to want to get on your calendar.
First up is Urbanist Trivia Night on Thursday, November 17th with Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh at Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown Atlanta. Think you’re up to date on urbanism? Get a couple of friends together, come enjoy some free appetizers, and show us what you’ve got. Registration is free for CNU Members and only $5 for Non-Members–registration ends at 1:00 PM on Thursday, Nov. 17th. Register here.

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On December 6th, we are excited to host our annual Winter Luncheon at The Shed at Glenwood. In addition to the fantastic three course meal that The Shed is putting together for us, this event will be special because Maria Saporta, arguably the most knowledgeable resource of development in Atlanta, will discuss Atlanta’s changing landscape and answer your questions. Seats are limited, so get your tickets today: Register here.

We hope to see you there to help us wrap up our exciting year and usher in the next.

Sep 272016
 

On Tuesday, October 25th, we are partnering with North American Properties and the City of Alpharetta on the Avalon + Alpharetta Bus Tour. Avalon and the City of Alpharetta have taken ambitious, future-forward steps to redevelop their historic downtown, create a network of walking and cycling trails, and invest in a future less dependent on Alpharetta as just a job-center, but as a destination in and of itself.

Join CNU Atlanta for a day of tours and talks in Alpharetta and Avalon with representatives, planners, and designers for a behind-the-scenes look at their success stories. Lunch will be catered by Farm to Ladle Avalon and is free.

This event is also approved for 3.5 CM credits through the Georgia Planning Association.

Registration ends on Friday, October 21st. Register here.

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Sep 092016
 

green-drinks_9_2016_shareNext Wednesday, the 14th, CNU Atlanta is partnering with Atlanta Green Drinks instead of our typical T3 for Green Drinks at TRACE Atlanta in Midtown. For the uninitiated, Green Drinks is a fun monthly social event that doesn’t have a theme or a presentation–Come hang out, enjoy free appetizers and drink specials, and try your luck in the raffle, no registration required!

At the beginning of every month, we send out an email with a list of our and our partners’ events to help you stay up to date and be informed about what’s happening in our city each month. If you’d like to subscribe to that email list, you can do so here. Hope to see you soon!

Jul 222016
 

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What: Brewery-Based Development Tour & Talk with CNU Atlanta

When: August 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: BlueTarp Brewing Co., Three Taverns Brewery

Tickets: $25.00/CNU members, $35.00/non-members

If you’ve ever been to a local brewery, you already know how great they are–But did you know that they can have a pretty big impact on the surrounding community, too?

This month, CNU Atlanta is partnering with the City of Decatur to highlight how East Decatur Station developed from a former industrial node into a dense, diverse economic hub with a couple of outstanding breweries at its core. As the area continues to grow with the Avondale MARTA transit-oriented development set to break ground this fall, the East Decatur community will only continue to grow.

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Doggy Dogg Atlanta’s gourmet hot dogs.

Join us for an evening to learn about East Decatur Station, have great beer at BlueTarp Brewing Co. and Three Taverns Brewery, explore Global Growers’ Burundi Women’s Farm, and hear from a number of speakers including Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s Director for Transit Oriented Development, Catherine Lee of Decatur’s Downtown Development Authority, and more.

Tickets for this event are $25.00 for CNU members and $35.00 for non-members, and provide tours and free samples of BlueTarp Brewing Co. (24 oz ) & Three Taverns Craft Brewery (18 oz). Gourmet hot dogs from Doggy Dogg Atlanta are also available for pre-order; large for $8.00 or a small for $4.00.

To get to Blue Tarp Brewing Co. and East Decatur Station, ride MARTA to the Avondale MARTA Station, exit to the south bus bay, and follow the stairs or sidewalk to Sams Street–BlueTarp is right around the corner or Sams St. and E College Ave. Ride-sharing and cycling are recommended as well, but be advised, E College Ave does not have dedicated bike lanes by East Decatur Station at this time. Parking is also available at East Decatur Station next door, but it is limited and we do not advise drinking and driving from this event.

Countless thanks to our sponsors: Urban Realty Partners, City of Decatur Downtown Development Authority, East Decatur Station, and Sycamore Consulting, Inc. Please contact us at atlanta@cnu.org with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there. Cheers!

Jul 142016
 

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What: CNU Atlanta’s July T3* – Tiny Houses and the Missing Middle

When: Third Thursday of July (July 21) @ 5:30 p.m.

Where: Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown

Tiny houses have taken the nation by storm. There are at least three different television shows dedicated to the minor manors, dozens of tiny house blogs, and just as many hot takes on how tiny houses will save America’s affordable housing deficit. But they are also illegal in most places, and they’re not alone; along with duplexes, quadplexes, courtyard apartments, above-garage lofts, and granny lofts, tiny houses violate zoning codes from coast to coast. Why? And how do we change that?

Join CNU Atlanta and the Georgia Conservancy at the office of Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown, for our July T3 on Missing Middle Housing & the advent of Tiny Houses, featuring Will Johnston, Founder of Tiny House Atlanta; Robert Reed, Director of Residential and Community Sustainability Services at Southface Energy Institute; Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects; Lyn Menne, Assistant City Manager of the City of Decatur; and Geoff Koski, Senior Consultant at the Bleakly Advisory Group and President of CNU Atlanta.

Register for CNU Atlanta’s July T3 here.

The Kronberg Wall Architects office is located in Reynoldstown (887 Wylie Street, Atlanta, GA 30316), a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. There is limited parking on the street, so walking, biking, or carpooling is recommended. The event starts at 5:30pm with half an hour of networking before the program begins at 6:00pm.

Free Sweetwater beer will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy and we’ll have cheese, crackers, and other snacks as well. We will be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to register early before tickets run out!

Although T3s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance. This small contribution helps CNU Atlanta continue providing such programming throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you!

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Jun 102016
 

Weren’t able to make it to CNU 24 in Detroit? Want to hear what all the buzz is about? Went, but just can’t get enough?

Join CNU Atlanta at Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown for our Third Thirsty Thursday and overview of everything that happened at the Congress, including the Charter Award our friends at Kronberg Wall Architects/Planners received for the New Orleans Jazz Market.

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Although T3’s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up registration (space permitting); Please note, this small fee enables us to provide free hors d’oeuvres at Steel and Kronberg Wall Architects, and helps us to maintain the program offerings throughout the year.

Registration ends on June 16th at 12:00 PM and capacity is limited, so be sure to sign up before then and please feel free to share this information with your networks.

Location: Steel Restaurant & Lounge, 950 W Peachtree St NW Ste 255, Atlanta, GA 30309
Time: 5:30-7:30
Price: Free for CNU Members//$5.00 for Non Members//$10.00 at the door

Register here!

May 042016
 

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Please join CNU Atlanta in welcoming Eric Brown of Brown Design Studio, and the newly formed CNU-Savannah Chapter, to Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown on Thursday, May 19th for a short overview of urban growth and opportunities in historic Savannah, Georgia.

Brown Design Studio specializes in designing quality historic architecture and new urbanism projects, and is rooted in Savannah’s traditional block design in his plans in order to connect the “macro-concepts with the micro-engineering needed to implement great urbanism.” Afterwards, we’ll discuss the City of Atlanta’s efforts to modernize its zoning and what we can take away from Savannah’s example.

Although T3’s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up registration; this small fee will help CNU Atlanta address the cost of providing such programming throughout the year. Registration ends on May 19th at 12:00 PM, so be sure to sign up and share with your networks before then!

Register today here!

Apr 062016
 

Please join CNU Atlanta for our April T3, “Streets Designed for Placemaking & Safety,” on Thursday, April 21 at the office of Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown. We will hear presentations from Heather Alhadeff, President of Center Forward, Inc., Greg Giuffrida, the Memorial Drive Corridor Executive of Central Atlanta Progress, and Eric Kronberg of KWA and CNU Atlanta.

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Please remember, we ask everyone who plans to attend to register for the event online and in advance; registration for CNU Members is free and non-member registration is only $5.00 online (ends at 12:00 PM on 4/21) or $10.00 at the door.

The Kronberg Wall Architects office is located in Reynoldstown (887 Wylie Street, Atlanta, GA 30316), a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. There is limited parking on the street, so walking, biking, or carpooling is recommended. The event starts at 5:30pm with half an hour of socializing before the program begins at 6:00pm.  Sweetwater beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy.

We will be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to let your friends know and register early before tickets run out! Register today.

Mar 012016
 

As one of the largest, most spread out, and car-dependent regions in the nation, Atlanta also saw the nation’s largest growth in bike commuting from 2000 to 2010. But moving forward the region must continue to decide whether reliance on highways or an increased shift to walking, bicycling, and urban development is the path to success. While recent trends strongly support increased investment in active transportation, tragic events – including the death of Alexia Hyneman – remind us that changes need to be strategic and holistic to avoid undue risks. Can our region and our city continue this shift towards healthy, active transportation?

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Please join CNU Atlanta and the Georgia Conservancy at Kronberg Wall Architects office in the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown on Tuesday, March 15th for a special T3 featuring a presentation of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s updated regional walking and bicycling plan by Byron Rushing, Atlanta Regional Commission, and follow-up panel discussion with some of Atlanta’s premier bike and walkability experts: Becky Katz, City of Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer; Sally Flocks, PEDS’ Founder and CEO; Ben Foster, Membership & Campaigns Manager for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition; and Brad Davis, Senior Planner and Project Manager at Alta Planning.

KW picThe Kronberg Wall Architects office is located in Reynoldstown, a 15 minute walk or a five minute bike ride from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. There is limited parking on the street, so walking, biking, or carpooling is recommended. The event starts at 5:30 with half an hour of networking before the program begins at 6:00. American Spirit Works whiskey straight from Armour Yards and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy free of cost for your enjoyment. We will also be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to register early before tickets run out!

There are two other items of note for this and future T3’s as well:

First, we are going to ask everyone who plans to attend at T3 to register for the event online and in advance. You can register for the March T3 right here. You will find the link to register in any CNU Atlanta electronic communication you receive which mentions a T3. The link to register will also be available on our website and Facebook page.

Second, although we are going to keep T3’s free for CNU members, we are asking non-members to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up attendees. This small fee will help CNU Atlanta address the cost of providing such programing throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you on March 15th and hope you are as excited to hear from this panel as we are!

Please Note: This month, T3 is on Tuesday instead of Thursday but please join us next month for our normal Thirsty Third Thursday!