Tactical Urbanism Coming to Atlanta’s Historic Auburn Avenue

Mark your calendars for the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, March 26, and join the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and your fellow Atlantans for a “Living Beyond Expectations” Visioning Workshop. The event will take place from 4:00-8:00 p.m at Operation Hope (inside the Ebenezer Community Resource Center), 2nd Floor, at 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

This workshop is part of a larger demonstration project that ARC is spearheading as part of its Lifelong Communities initiative, with assistance from noted planner, speaker, researcher and writer Mike Lydon from the Street Plans Collaborative. Inspired by local events such as Atlanta Streets Alive, ARC is taking a tactical urbanism approach to this project, using short-term and low-cost methods to temporarily transform two blocks of Auburn Avenue into a model Lifelong Community – a healthy, walkable place that provides a variety of housing, transportation and service options for persons of all ages to live through all stages of their lives. The model created through this project will serve as a tangible example of how any community can transform itself into a place for all ages. Over the course of three days, from Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, ARC will work with stakeholders and volunteers to temporarily transform Auburn Avenue between Fort Street NE and Jackson Street NE using inexpensive or donated materials and engaging programming.

The March 26 Visioning Workshop will engage stakeholders in helping shape the community vision for the street transformation. Visit the demonstration project’s Facebook page for more information on the March 26 event and the overall effort.

Mike Lydon will also be staying in Atlanta to speak at ARC’s Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC) meeting on the morning of Thursday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at ARC. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

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