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City of South Fulton: Creating a sense of place on a blank slate

When it comes to creating a sense of place, the three-year-old City of South Fulton started with a blank slate – for starters, the name doesn’t refer to a previously known community. Now it has Wolf Creek Amphitheater, a 200-acre development planned along the Chattahoochee River, and a detailed economic development plan that offers a vision of a Town Center.

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Future of placemaking: Engaging places need affordable homes, mobility, authenticity

By Guest Columnists BILL TUNNELL, JERRY SPANGLER and TOM WALSH, leaders of TSW, a planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm

Recently we had the pleasure of celebrating our firm’s 30th anniversary. It was both gratifying and humbling to look back on three decades of designing buildings, communities and green spaces, and reflect on how fortunate we have been to participate in what has arguably been a revolutionary time period in building design and placemaking.

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Nipsey Hussle, new developers Ryan Gravel, Donray Von and transforming The Mall West End

By King Williams “When we speak of place-making, we assume that the place being made was devoid of life, culture and context. Place-making indicates that nothing exists. It is inherently colonialist. Place-keeping uplifts an area’s culture, provides resources and enriches.” – Miranda Kyle, Atlanta Beltline Arts and Culture Program Manager On the afternoon of Sunday, […]

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How Would You Make Atlanta a More Inviting Place? Tell Us—And We Just Might Help You Do It!

By George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for Trust for Public Land, and  Timothy J. Keane, Commissioner, Department of City Planning, City of Atlanta Have you taken in the view of Atlanta from the Jackson Street Bridge? It is undeniably one of the most incredible spots in Atlanta to take a photo. The sweeping skyline view […]

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Soul Food Cypher, a Force for Creative Placemaking in Atlanta’s Little Five Points

Photo above by Anthony “Truth” Gary – SFC’s “One Hundred” cypher gathered over 70 people in the Little Five Points Community Center this past June By Vincent Mitchell By now there is little question of the value of the notion of “creative placemaking:” that cultivation of a community’s arts and its culture can spark socially […]

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What is Creative Placemaking?

By Brandon Jones, WonderRoot There’s never a shortage of new buzz words circulating the community development sector that energize Grantmakers, provide marketing wins for capital developers, and force administrators to re-strategize programmatic efforts. The recent decade has given way to terms such as placemaking, creative placemaking, place-keeper, etc. All of which, providing significant contributions to […]