Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Reimagining the Old Fourth Ward

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 3:01 AM

The Old Fourth Ward, which has coped with prostitutes, drug dealers and gentrification, is on tap for a facelift.

MOVIN’ ON UP: New plan for Old Fourth Ward promises tree-lined streets, walkability

The Atlanta City Council is set to adopt a master plan this month for the historic intown neighborhood, which includes Auburn Avenue and Boulevard. It served before desegregration as the business district for black Atlantans.

But city planners also are trying to fend off a potential traffic mess and other problems that could come with the renewed interest in intown living. The Bureau of Planning predicts the neighborhood’s population will rise over the next two decades from 6,000 to 20,000 — approximately the same number of people who lived there before the Civil Rights Movement. The redevelopment vision could create more walkable streets lined with energy-efficient buildings.

To view the plan, click here. (PDF file)

(Screenshot courtesy of City of Atlanta)

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