A demand for Transit Oriented Development in Atlanta
A post on the Urban Land Institute site gives some highlights from that group’s recent forum in Atlanta. It looks like one prime topic of the forum was building better connectivity between our dense neighborhoods via transit.
The panelists agreed that metro Atlanta must face up to—and deal with—existing realities while also setting the stage for future growth and development. There is pent-up demand for TOD, they said, which smart developers and municipalities will begin addressing once the economy improves.
I’m glad to know that there’s a realization of the need for more TOD in Atlanta. I just hope it extends to recognizing the need for it to be done well — in a way that creates an inviting neighborhood rather than a park-and-ride zone with housing/retail tacked on. For instance, I’m a little disappointed by the Lindbergh City Center TOD project around the Lindbergh Station, but I’m encouraged by what’s developing around the King Memorial Station.
Another good quote comes from Scott Condra, senior vice president with Jacoby Development:
… Atlanta was seeing the development of walkable mixed-use communities like Atlantic Station. That development “has slowed almost to a stop,” he noted. The original projects, he added, “were created as islands unto themselves. But transit connections—getting from node to node to node—are still missing.” The connections, he stressed, present an opportunity for Atlanta as it emerges from the recession—and need to be completed.
Very true. For projects like Atlantic Station to realize their full potential as walkable urban spaces, they need to have better transit connectivity with the rest of the city and exist less as islands.
Photo of Lindbergh City Center by Samuel Scheib