Atlanta striving to restore our natural amenities – our trees and our waterways

East Lake. Lake Claire. Vine City. Parkway Drive. Lakeview  Avenue. Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Atlanta is full of streets and neighborhoods with names that hark back to a different time – when the city’s natural environment defined communities before they became built up, paved over or tunneled under.

Now a comprehensive effort is underway to bring back Atlanta’s natural amenities and make them part of our city’s future.

Atlanta City Design watercolor

Atlanta City Design 2017: A grand vision for people, nature and people in nature

In a  City Hall conference room, Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane gently unrolled a mega-watercolor that Christian Sottile, an urban designer from Savannah, had painted of the new Atlanta City Design.

The watercolor captured the significance of the design process and its potential for Atlanta by using a graphic style that dates back to the early 1900s – depicting a desire fort this design tol become part of city’s landscape and identity for decades to come.