Last September the Denver Post reported on the growing need to find solutions to prevent wildfires that have become increasingly devastating. Not only are the fires causing huge economic losses for homeowners […]
Are Urban Farms Headed to Athens?
Tonight the ACC Planning Commission was presented with a proposal to rezone three parcels of land to make way for an urban farm (see site plan). The Athens Land Trust, owners of […]
With Selig Gone, What Do We Really Want in Downtown Athens and How Do We Get It?
The Selig development’s enormous scale, bland appearance and corporate use ignored many people’s goals and desires for downtown Athens. The inability of city officials to slow or prevent approval of the plan […]
As More Urbanization Occurs, Suburban Atlanta Should Take Notes From Other Regions
Last Saturday Tom Sabulis of the AJC had a great piece on the growth of mixed-use, urban style developments that cater to walking over driving. He points out that most of these […]
Jekyll Island's Pristine Character is in Jeopardy; How Will the Georgia Legislature Respond?
Several months ago the Athens-Banner Herald reported on an issue brought up in an Associated Press article involving the amount of developable land on Jekyll Island. The current state law, created in […]
Government-Mandated Minimum Parking Requirements Hurt Economic Growth and Walkability
Featured in Flagpole Magazine This past July, Kroger presented to the ACC Planning Commission a plan to move their College Station Road location next door to the vacant Kmart space. Kroger wants to […]
Tybee Island Provides Useful, Transferable Examples of Good Urban Design
The City of Tybee Island lies about 15 miles east of Savannah and serves as the easternmost point in the State of Georgia. Its population of about 3,000 residents swells in the […]
The Athens Planning Commission Proves Home Occupancy Ordinances Are More Interesting Than You May Think
Last Thursday the Athens Planning Commission debated the proposed changes to the Home Occupation Ordinance. This is the ordinance that allows certain businesses to be operated out of homes in residential areas. […]