|dc.description.abstract||Brookwood is located on the periphery of the core of Atlanta. The neighborhood sits between the major urban growth poles of Buckhead to the north and Midtown to the south. The Brookwood Alliance is comprised of the four neighborhoods of Ardmore Park, Brookwood Hills, Collier Hills and Collier Hills North combined with the commercial corridor of Peachtree Road. Peachtree Road serves as the spine of the community and acts as the major north-south point of access. On either side of this spine, the Alliance neighborhoods consist predominantly of single-family detached homes along with low-rise multifamily developments. Peachtree is characterized by low to high rise office buildings interspersed with single story retail. The neighborhood experiences a large volume of vehicular traffic throughout the day, driven by large visitor and employment attractors and a lack of access infrastructure in the area. With few roads capable of distributing traffic, it ends up funneling down quiet residential streets.
Land values in both Midtown and Buckhead have risen substantially over the last decade, putting serious development pressure on the Brookwood neighborhood. The recent economic downturn is seen as an opportunity to better define the future of the neighborhood. The Georgia Institute of Technology Urban Design Studio was charged with engaging the community in their pursuit of a coherent vision of the future of their neighborhood. The intent is to take this vision and arm the community with a set of design strategies that can be used in implementing this vision.
This report will begin with a brief overview of the existing conditions in Brookwood, followed by a detailed explanation of each of three design strategies relating to: the Peachtree Street Design, Peachtree corridor Development and transportation Accessibility. Through multiple public meetings, this organizing scheme emerged as a means of focusing on the core problems facing the neighborhood.||en_US