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What is Placemaking?
Placemaking, in simple terms, is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play and learn in. The Atlanta Placemaking Program is a community-driven initiative to transform our streets and public spaces to improve transportation safety. 

The Trust for Public Land Partnership 
The Department of City Planning is excited to announce our partnership with The Trust For Public Land to expand the impact of the Placemaking Program! The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to create parks and protect land for people to enjoy. TPL's Georgia office has been protecting land for more than 25 years. Over that time, The Trust for Public Land has enabled tens of thousands of Georgians to be within walking distance of a park, trail or greenspace. We look forward to working with The Trust for Public Land to bring their expertise in parks and public spaces to our program!  

Placemaking Program Overview
The Placemaking Program is designed to engage people across the city through a creative and community-led process to improve transportation safety, and enhance the physical, cultural, and social identities of our public spaces. The Department of City Planning (DCP) and The Trust For Public Land (TPL) are empowering communities to transform underused streets into safer, active and vibrant places. 

Each year, DCP and TPL invite communities to submit applications to implement their placemaking ideas. If selected, projects may receive an initial budget ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 depending on the complexity of the project. This is a community-led process; therefore, applicants must form a team to lead the design process and be responsible for gaining community support.

To be eligible for the Placemaking Program, your site MUST:

  1. Be on a City of Atlanta-owned roadway or property. 
    • State roads and highways (GDOT) are not eligible sites for the Placemaking Program.
    • Click here for a map of GDOT-owned roads within the City of Atlanta. 
  2. Be reasonably flat for accessibility and water drainage. 
  3. Be on a roadway with a posted speed limit of 35 MPH or less. 

Resources for additional consideration:

  1. Equitable target areas map

Program Guide
Interested applicants who wish to spearhead a placemaking project must review the Program Guide to understand how the program works, what sites are eligible for the program, and the application process.    

Public Information Sessions
Two public information sessions will be held to provide the opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions and get more information about the program.

Meeting #1:
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Rosel Fann Recreation Center

Meeting #2: 
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: International Tower, Suite 100, 229 Peachtree Street NE., Atlanta GA 30303

Application
The 2019 Placemaking Program Application is open now! Click here to download the application: Program ApplicationApplications must be received no later than Friday, March 29, 2019 to be considered for this year’s program. To complete an application, you must:

  • Fill out the information form
  • Complete the project description
  • Attach at least three (3) letters of community support
  • Include several photos of the site.
  • Develop a preliminary site plan that illustrates your vision
  • Submit all documents in one PDF file via email to OfficeOfMobPlanning@atlantaga.gov limited to 10 MB file size, or hand deliver (DO NOT MAIL) your printed package to our office at 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 1450, Atlanta, GA 30303

Pilot Projects
In 2017, prior to the launch of the Placemaking Program, DCP initiated two pilot projects to jumpstart excitement citywide around the idea of placemaking and to provide lessons learned for implementing projects of this kind. Below are links to the original project concepts and before-and-after photos of each project.

  • Cascade Heights Bus Shelter – Cascade Rd SW & Boulevard Granada SW
    This bus stop serves the popular and frequent MARTA Route 71, providing critical access between Cascade Heights and West End MARTA station.  DCP, along with the adjacent Atlanta City Studio team, engaged community members who desired a safer and attractive space to wait for the bus that also spoke to the strong community identity.
  • Virginia-Highland Placemaking – Amsterdam Ave NE & N. Highland Ave NE
    This commercial area is popular with residents and visitors for its businesses and restaurants. In meetings with residents, they noted speeding and lack of visibility for pedestrians as major issues in this intersection. The project includes a decorative crosswalk for pedestrian visibility, lane striping to better define car movement, and a parklet to provide an attractive outdoor seating space for restaurant patrons and indirect traffic calming for drivers.

Additional Resources
For further inspiration and to spur your thought process, use the following resources:

  • Atlanta City Design
    An aspirational framework document that aligns the plans, projects and policies of the City and articulates a vision for a future Atlanta that all its citizens and visitors can love.
  • The Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking
    Written by Matthew Clarke, The Trust for Public Land’s Director of Creative Placemaking, this is a key resource that deepens the understanding of the power of placemaking to help make communities stronger.

Questions?
Email us at mobility@atlantaga.gov with “Placemaking” in the subject line. We look forward to working with you! 

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