To accommodate population boom, Atlanta must learn to use space smarter
Atlanta has all the tools it needs to be a dense, world-class metropolis, but the city’s leaders aren’t properly utilizing them in a way that could one day accommodate the ongoing population boom and boost housing affordability. As housing experts and city officials will tell you, Atlanta today has plenty of construction-ready land, dilapidated and abandoned houses desperately in need of rehabilitation and homes that, some might say, are far too large for their inhabitants.
So where do we go from here? In short, the city begs for density, and efforts to create such compactness abound. But we won’t get there without considerable changes to municipal regulations and a drastic shift in the way developers operate.