Building a More Sustainable Atlanta: An urban design review of multi-family development along the Atlanta Beltline
Smith, C. Cole
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The Atlanta BeltLine is a significant infrastructure project designed to enhance sustainable development within the City of Atlanta. Based on goals established by City Council in the enabling legislation, the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee developed a decision support tool to evaluate the Atlanta BeltLineﾒs progress in meeting these goals, with a particular focus on public investments. At the same time, while the Atlanta BeltLine has catalyzed considerable private development, it is unclear as to whether the sustainability goals that motivated the BeltLineﾒs development have effectively been incorporated into private development patterns. To clarify the impact of private development, the following study evaluates the urban design features of multi-family residential development along the Atlanta BeltLine based on the criteria set by the community, regulated by the government, but implemented by private development. It seeks to determine the extent to which private development efforts have capitalized on and reinforced the sustainability of the neighborhoods adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine.