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How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning

How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning | green streets | Scoop.it
U.S. cities in the South have their own set of challenges to face in going green. But Atlanta, for one, is trying.

Atlanta often stands in as the model for how cities ought not to grow. The place is sprawling and congested and weirdly linear. Its skyline has, from afar, what looks like three disconnected focal points, which rise from the neighborhoods of Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, nearly eight miles apart. Just about all of the most important Interstates in the South converge on the city, bisecting many of its communities. And the local metro system – with four lines covering roughly two routes – looks on a map like the toenail clippings from the London Underground.

Today, leaders in the city are about as enthusiastic as their counterparts in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest to embrace sustainability. But they have all of this to contend with.

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The Atlanta BeltLine: The country's most ambitious smart growth project

The Atlanta BeltLine: The country's most ambitious smart growth project | green streets | Scoop.it
Enormous, multifaceted, ambitious, and potentially transformative, the Atlanta BeltLine shows some progress and much remaining potential.
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The Incredible Potential of the Atlanta Beltline

The Incredible Potential of the Atlanta Beltline | green streets | Scoop.it

The Atlanta Beltline is the city's ambitious plan to transform an old railroad loop around downtown into a showcase transit, trail and parks corridor, spurring revitalization and the construction of workforce housing along the way...

In spite of the economic slump, there has at least been significant progress on park and trail development around the corridor, and that progress coupled with the prospect for transit has already catalyzed some good revitalization of formerly distressed neighborhoods in Atlanta's core.

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