MOVING BEYOND SPRAWL: THE CHALLENGE FOR METROPOLITAN ATLANTA

The Atlanta region is one of the nation's great metropolitan success stories. Home to four of the ten fastest-growing counties in the nation, the area has added more than 650,000 people and 350,000 jobs since 1990. But Atlanta is experiencing the downside of this incredible success. This report brings together the findings of a large body of recent scholarly research about the Atlanta region. Following the lead of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the authors define the region as the following ten counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. The report brings overlooked facts and findings to light. It is intended to challenge decision-makers to think more broadly about the solutions necessary to reduce sprawl and improve the quality of life in the Atlanta region. This report finds that: 1. There is an often stark divide between northern, affluent parts of the Atlanta region and poorer, slow-growing southern areas. 2. The challenges of the northern and southern portions of the regions are fundamentally connected. 3. The Atlanta region has an opportunity to move beyond sprawl and tackle both the problems of explosive growth on the northside and too little growth on the southside. This report recommends three actions that the Atlanta metropolitan area needs to take to move beyond sprawl. First, the region needs a transportation agenda that embraces an alternative vision of land use (particularly concerning residential and commercial development) and invests in public transit as a competitive necessity. Second, the region needs an ambitious housing agenda that stimulates the development of affordable housing for low-, moderate- and middle-income households throughout the area. Third, the region needs an economic development agenda that leverages public and private sector investments in the slow-growing portions of the city and nearby counties.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 50 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2000 12:00AM