Jim Durrett, Executive Director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) recently posted a blog entry on his organization’s website recounting past visions and studies for a more walkable Atlanta. Durrett reports:
The research confirms what many of us already know to be true: if people are attached to their communities, local economies thrive. . . [T]he principle drivers of attachment are availability of social offerings, aesthetics and openness of a place. And guess what? Walkability impacts all three of these drivers.
Durrett adds that, “For these reasons and more we are working to make Buckhead an exemplary walkable urban place. Please hold us to it.”
At CNU Atlanta, we share Durrett’s vision for walkability in our region. Please consider joining us as we strive to help Atlanta thrive.
According to the CID website: The mission of the Buckhead Community Improvement District is to create a more walkable and livable urban environment. We meet the challenges of growth by investing tax dollars collected from commercial property owners within the district, as well as other funds we leverage from outside the district, to make meaningful improvements in the transportation network and public realm that connect people and places.
Jim Durrett, an Atlanta native, directs all activities of the CID. Jim has been promoting smart growth development and livable communities since 1996, when he left his hydrogeology practice and went to work at the Georgia Conservancy. He came to the Buckhead CID in September of 2009. Jim is an avid bicyclist, a member of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2013, and serves on several boards, including MARTA’s board of directors.
According to the Georgia Cities Foundation, a community improvement district (CID) is a mechanism for funding certain governmental services including street and road construction and maintenance, parks and recreation, storm water and sewage systems, water systems, public transportation systems, and other services and facilities. The administrative body of the CID, which can be the city governing authority, may levy taxes, fees and assessments within the CID, not to exceed 2.5 percent of the assessed value of the real property.