The Revitalization of Underground Atlanta: A transit-oriented, mixed-used development
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Revitalization of downtowns and central business districts has been an ongoing discussion and challenge for a number of cities, both domestically and internationally. As urban planners and local governments seek to develop methods to rejuvenate the urban core, some older approaches can be revisited, but they must consider the culture and demand of modern residents. This literature review will highlight some contemporary research that defines transit-oriented development along with mixed-use development based upon the purpose they serve and the opportunities they afford to the cities implementing them. Despite the large amount of research conducted that supports these development types, there are challenges with implementing them and negative socio-political consequences to be considered. In an attempt to revitalize the downtown and the historic landmark district of Underground Atlanta specifically, the traditional mixed-use and transit-oriented development approaches will be assessed for viability as options to leverage. The challenges and the potential negative consequences presented by both of these development types can and must be addressed early in the development process as projects are structured for long-term success and sustainability.