Atlanta Combats the Sprawl


Atlanta Sprawl

In the 60s and 70s, Atlanta became famous for its sprawl; Atlanta’s access the three major interstates allowed cities and neighborhoods to develop much farther from the city center than ever before. Most of the development since that time has further deepened Atlanta’s sprawl, even creating other centers of focus across the Metro area (Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Buford).

The current development cycle is looking to break Atlanta’s pattern of sprawl. The majority of development inside the perimeter is multi-family, which will create denser, revitalized neighborhoods. Walkability is rising in several in-town neighborhoods, and Atlanta has broken into the top ten in rankings of cities with the best walkability. In addition to modern multi-family infill developments and redevelopments, projects like the Beltline and Path400 are reducing sprawl by providing quick and convenient connections to some of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods.


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