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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. 

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) aims to empower communities to transform underused streets into safer, active and vibrant places. 

Each year, DCP invites 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

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

  • Please see our Program Guide to understand how the program works, what sites are eligible for the program, and the application process.     

  • 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 atlcitystudio@atlantaga.gov with “Placemaking” in the subject line. We look forward to working with you! 

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