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The Department of City Planning Announces Inaugural Winners of Placemaking Program

Post Date:06/06/2018 8:56 AM
Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Nikki Forman, Interim Director
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nforman@atlantaga.gov

Michael Smith, Press Secretary
404-546-1465, office
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mismith@atlantaga.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2018

News Release

The Department of City Planning Announces Inaugural Winners of Placemaking Program

ATLANTA - The Department of City Planning today announced the inaugural round winners for the City of Atlanta’s Placemaking Program.  Placemaking is an ongoing initiative to transform under-utilized streets and public property into active, vibrant and safer public places. The Jackson Street Bridge Parklet and the West End Placemaking Projects have been awarded grants for illustrating a proven commitment to creating spaces that will instill pride and ownership in their communities.

“Through a creative and collaborative process, the Placemaking Program is empowering communities to shape public spaces by enhancing their overall physical, cultural and social identities,” said Commissioner Tim Keane, Department of City Planning. “With Atlanta’s rapidly evolving environment, the City understands that transportation investments play a pivotal role in the transformation of Atlanta. This is an opportunity to design and implement functional, safe and attractive infrastructure that becomes integral to the public realm.”

Following the December 2017 launch, the Placemaking Program received 30 applications for the first round of community-led projects to be designed and funded in collaboration with the Department of City Planning.  A multidisciplinary evaluation committee consisting of City of Atlanta staff and external partners, such as Atlanta Regional Commission and Trust for Public Land, analyzed each application for its safety improvement potential, level of community support, ability to increase access and creativity.

The Jackson Street Bridge Parklet project takes advantage of the iconic Jackson Street location above Freedom Parkway and offers an amazing view of Downtown Atlanta. The design will create a safe and comfortable space for photographers, skyline observers and pedestrians. In addition, the proposal includes roadway improvements to increase safe access on the bridge.

The West End Placemaking projects seek to activate key intersections along the White Street corridor to improve bike and pedestrian access in the area. The proposal includes the design of roadway murals and reduction of excess vehicular right-of-way to increase the area’s vibrancy and attractiveness.

The Department of City Planning will begin working with awardees to engage the communities in designing these transformative projects in August 2018.  City Planning is currently implementing three pilot projects citywide to generate excitement and ideas on what placemaking in Atlanta can be through Broad Street Plaza, the Cascade Heights Bus Shelter at Beecher Road and Boulevard Granada Southwest, and the Virginia Highland Parklet projects at North Highland Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue.

 

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