A mixed-use development along the Atlanta BeltLine at Piedmont Park is drawing the ire of Midtown residents. According to WSB, Fuqua Development got the greenlight for the project from Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, on Dec. 21. The swath of land next, which is also next door to Park Tavern near 10th Street Monroe Drive, would feature apartments, and 11-story hotel, a grocery store and townhomes. The Atlanta City Council still has to rezone the property for the development to move forward.
Mayor Kasim Reed has announced a new partnership between the City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to write an interactive curriculum based on the Atlanta City Design. The inquiry-based curriculum will be implemented as a six-week exploration into urban planning and the history of Atlanta’s design as well as aspirations for the city’s future. Department of City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane worked with Janean Lewis, the Social Studies Coordinator for APS’ middle and high schools, to lead a team of teachers and the Atlanta City Studio staff in a collaborative writing camp, to design the curriculum. APS eighth graders will engage with the learning modules in the Spring semester; the modules will culminate with each student completing a capstone project. APS also plans to teach the curriculum to ninth graders starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The Atlanta City Design promotes sustainable design that incorporates the social, economic and environmental needs of the city.