senior citizens and walkable communities

Transportation Options, Walkability and Seniors

A recent article from Switchboard shows a video produced by AARP in collaboration with StreetFilms that illustrates how walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods can help seniors. The six-minute video features conversations with residents, local officials and experts in transit-oriented development (TOD) in Arlington, Virginia—a walkable, mixed-use community with access to a variety of public transit options, entertainment … Continue Reading →

The Regional Significance of the Atlanta BeltLine and Streetcar Projects

Today’s AJC has an op ed by John Somerhalder, Chairman of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. board of directors. The piece stresses the regional importance of the Atlanta BeltLine and Streetcar projects on the Transportation Referendum list because of the new mobility options they provide and the large number of jobs they touch- more than 140,ooo … Continue Reading →

Master Plan Subarea 8

On the Atlanta BeltLine and Cities Around the World

Ryan Gravel recently authored a piece for that looks at the Atlanta BeltLine, and projects like it, and how they change people’s perceptions of the places in which they live, and want to live. His conclusion: “…whether they look to district-scaled projects like the South Bronx Greenway in New York or Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon, or to city scaled … Continue Reading →

Brookings Expert Makes Case for Walkable Communities, and Transportation Referendum

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Chris Leinberger penned two op eds this weekend about the ever-increasing importance of walkable communities. In Sunday’s New York Times piece he explains new research that shows “the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of these now pricey places were slums just 30 years ago.” “Our research shows … Continue Reading →

It’s Transportation and the Economy, Stupid.

The volume is rising. The “debate intensifies.” Critics are predictably nitpicking the project list for the upcoming Transportation Referendum. What to make of it all? When it comes to the Atlanta BeltLine, sometimes the volume goes up even further. It’s unlike any other project in the region, or the country for that matter. It’s a … Continue Reading →

USA Today: People Want to Live in Cities

Taking a look around the country, USA Today wrote about the trend of people increasingly wanting to live in more walkable urban environments and real estate developers responding to this demand. “A housing industry slowly shaking off the worst economic conditions in decades is rethinking what type of housing to build and where to build … Continue Reading →

The Atlanta BeltLine Master Planning Process is Officially Complete!

After five years of study groups, citywide conversations, community meetings, and more, it’s official – Atlanta’s City Council has officially adopted all ten of the Atlanta BeltLine subarea master plans! Thanks to everyone who attended our public meetings and gave input over the years – we couldn’t have done it without you. Over the course … Continue Reading →

Sweetwater Brewery Set to Expand Alongside the Atlanta BeltLine

We’re super excited that one of the most prominent businesses on the Atlanta BeltLine is expanding! Sweetwater Brewery on Ottley Drive held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 20 that was attended by Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed. The 17,000 square foot expansion is one of the largest industrial expansions on the Atlanta BeltLine … Continue Reading →

Business Opportunity Forum for Transportation Referendum Projects

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in conjunction with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, the Atlanta Business League, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, the Greater Women’s Business Council and the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance hosted two Business Opportunity Forums on February 29 and March 6. The Forums were for design and construction professionals to inform them of … Continue Reading →