Planning

Tiny Houses, a Festival and the Homeless

Tiny houses or a tiny house community may be coming to your area sooner than you think.… Read more

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What 2015 Trade Conferences Will You Attend?

RTAblog_2013_0925_ConferencePlease leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to share conferences you’re planning to attend!… Read more

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Decatur, GA Mandates High-Performance Building Certification for Homes

RTAblog_2014_1118_DecaturLogoDecatur, GA’s City Commission approved an overhaul of its zoning ordinance last night. The updated ordinance includes mandates for high-performance building certifications for residential and commercial construction: new construction and renovations.… Read more

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Adoption of New Zoning Regulations Should Include Time for Transition

Changing a zoning ordinance often takes months of process and public meetings yet it’s the effective date that may cause the most disruption for property owners. Addressing this simple issue can significantly improve the process.… Read more

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A Residential Architecture Firm’s Perspective on (New) Stadiums

Why would an architecture firm focused on single-family residential projects have an opinion on stadium projects for professional sports teams?… Read more

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Must Read: “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

RTAblog_2013_0903_DevilInWhiteCityErik Larson’s best-selling story of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition details Chicago’s world’s fair – an event that was truly a fair of the world. The exposition had an incredible impact on American culture. It also had its own serial … Read more

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Obama’s Appointment Signals Change to National Memorial

RTAblog_2013_0904_NationalMallIn March, we offered comments about a prominent architect’s struggle with a commission for a Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Obama’s recent appointment of Bruce Cole may signal an end to the embattled design.… Read more

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Will American Cities Protect Neighborhoods from Abandoned Foreclosures?

RTAblog_2013_0624_BlightPropertyThe American economy is slowly recovering from the housing bubble yet many neighborhoods are still struggling with abandoned foreclosures. Blighted property ordinances are common though identifying properties and enforcing the ordinances can be significant challenges.… Read more

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High-Speed Rail from Atlanta? Transit Projects Offer Planning Opportunities

RTAblog_2013_0610_HighSpeedTrainThe Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is studying six possible routes for high-speed rail between Atlanta and Charlotte, NC. The routes are make-or-break for towns along the way. In addition to encouraging land speculation, the potential routes are a great … Read more

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Why Didn’t Zoning Regulations Protect More Citizens from the West, Texas Explosion?

Reports of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas indicate significant loss of life and property damage. Why didn’t the zoning regulations protect more people?… Read more

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Interactive Map: Are You Spending More Time in Your Car Than Other Americans?

TrafficAtlanta is well-known for its challenging commute though most large metro areas suffer from traffic congestion. WNYC New’s John Keefe has built an interactive map (see below) to help us see our challenges.… Read more

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Driving Our Cars Will Soon Cost More and Further Punish Lower-Income Workers

RTAblog_2013_0131_hybridWhen Georgia voters rejected a sales tax to fund transportation projects like roads and bridges in July 2012, we were left with few alternatives. Robert Poole’s recent presentation has us thinking that the alternatives will hurt lower-income workers more than … Read more

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Georgia’s 2013 Legislative Priorities Summarized Over Breakfast

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held its annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast this morning. The event is typically held in the first week of Georgia’s forty-day legislative session. It’s an opportunity to review the priorities for the coming year.… Read more

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2012 Was Terrible for Transportation in Georgia! What’s on the Road Ahead?

Transportation was on the mind of Georgians in 2012 – mostly because we couldn’t escape the advertising, events and media coverage of the 2012 Regional Transportation Referendum vote held on July 31st, 2012. Though we’d like to never hear the … Read more

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What’s on the Atlanta Falcons’ Christmas Wish List? A New Stadium!

Atlanta’s NFL franchise, the Falcons, need a new stadium. Why? to keep up with the other markets. That’s the reason delivered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month as a keynote guest of the Atlanta Rotary Club.… Read more

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