The Atlanta region and Georgia have always been testing grounds for new theories of community planning. From the 1733 founding of Savannah as the United States’ first planned city, to the 1947 creation of the nation’s first publicly-supported, multi-county planning agency, to current efforts to redefine public housing, support community-based planning linking transportation and land use, and retrofit the suburbs, the region and state have a long history of testing new thoughts and ideas.
Today metropolitan Atlanta and Georgia are leaders in implementing new urban programs, policies, and projects along all parts of the transect. These range from the founding of Serenbe – a national model for an agrarian hamlet – to suburban retrofits in Woodstock and Smyrna, to regionally unprecedented urban regeneration in the City of Atlanta. The broad range of initiatives, each with their own degree of adherence to the principles of new urbanism, makes the region an ideal laboratory for understanding how we shape our communities and they, in turn, shape us.
The map below shows a few examples of quality urban features in and around Atlanta including new developments, historic precedents, and several other interesting things that make urban life liveable. Please feel free to explore.