Atlanta University Center: Neighborhood Study
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The following report was produced as a part of Georgia Tech’s Red Line Corridor planning studio. Initially, the goal of this studio was to explore the possibility of transit-oriented development (TOD) in underserved communities along the southern portion of MARTA’s Red Line. However, the scope of the studio was expanded to include communities on Atlanta’s Westside that have also been subject to severe disinvestment. At the end of a selection process, four areas were selected for in-depth study and planning: English Avenue, Atlanta University Center, Fort McPherson / Lee Street, and East Point, GA. While each of these areas has a unique history and set of needs, they also share common challenges. These challenges include a lack of connectivity, and low levels of both private and public investment. But these challenges are only a part of the story. The goal of this studio isn’t to simply point out what’s wrong with the studied communities --it’s to point out what’s right, and to leverage these strengths to overcome any weaknesses that may exist.