Atlanta’s transit agency has broken ground on a new transit-oriented development (TOD) called Spoke. The developer will lease underused parking lots near a transit station and build apartments, retail and restaurant space, a park, and a performing arts center. TODs have been popular with transit agencies around the US– they create activity around stations and generate revenue via the sale of parking lots and increased ridership.
An urban scholar at a university in the UK has created a crowdsourced map of “city limits” from around the world. These aren’t the exact limits, however– users are asked to draw in their view what their city’s limits include. As of this writing, no one has drawn boundaries for Huntsville, but there are several interpretations for Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
A proposed park in the Buckhead district of Atlanta is the latest in a string of “freeway capping” projects, where the space above a highway is developed. In many cases, these freeway capping projects include parks that connect neighborhoods separated by the highway’s construction.
The Census Bureau has released one-year estimates from its 2015 American Community Survey, particularly on the subjects of poverty and income. The one-year estimates should be taken with a grain of salt; it has a high margin of error (only a small sample of the population is given the questionnaire every year). The more accurate 3- and 5-year estimates will come later.
This month, Calhoun Community College opened their new Math, Science and CIS Building at its Huntsville campus in Research Park. On a side note, the BIG Picture will place its Exhibition at Calhoun’s campus in late October– more details available here.
“The Well Tempered City” by Jonathan F.P. Rose. A new book about how cities can face and solve the issues of the 21st Century.