‘Atlanta City Design’ book goes on sale in handsome, hefty print form; author discussion comingThe print version of "The Atlanta City Design: Aspiring to the Beloved Community," as seen in a photo on the website of the Department of City Planning.
Update: The Sept. 16 discussion has been postponed due to weather, with a new date to be announced.
Four years after the City’s digital release of a book laying out a long-term vision for Atlanta’s urban planning, a handsome hard-copy version is now available at a bookstore and a discussion with its authors is coming Sept. 16.
“The Atlanta City Design: Aspiring to the Beloved Community” was the product of the Atlanta Department of City Planning under Commissioner Tim Keane and Ryan Gravel, an urban planner who envisioned the Atlanta BeltLine. Public input was part of the process through pop-up “studios” around town. Lavishly illustrated with photos and a custom watercolor map of a future Atlanta, the 386-page book lays out a vision of how the city can absorb hundreds of thousands of more residents while improving green space and transportation and focusing on racial and economic equity.
The digital version was released Sept. 6, 2017, and has already proven influential on such fronts as the City’s proposed zoning changes related to housing density and affordability and the creation of the South River Forest green space and the related debate over a public safety training center.
The print version of the book was a longer job, involving the procurement of a printer and the passage of a 2019 City Council resolution permitting sales on the condition that the City not make a profit.
The hefty hardcover version is now available at Posman Books in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. (The complex was of the sites of the design studio in the planning process.) A City Planning spokesperson said it’s the only bookstore selling the book. Posman said the price is $49.99, and they’ll ship it to you for $12. City Planning also mailed free copies to attendees of this year’s Design Awards ceremony.
Gravel said in an email that “this is the first time it has been for sale at a bookstore. I know a lot of people who want a copy have not been able to get one — but now they can.”
Ponce City Market also will host the Sept. 16 book discussion, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater with a mask requirement. The discussion will include Gravel, Keane and Terri Lee, the chief operating officer and chief housing officer at Atlanta Housing. Tickets are $50 for the book and free for just attending. For more details, see an EventBrite listing here.
Update: This story has been updated with sales information from Posman Books.