A rendering of the proposed Fuqua mixed-use development project at Piedmont Park was presented at the Dec. 21 Invest Atlanta meeting. (Courtesy WSB-TV)

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.


The City of Atlanta has launched the TravelSafely app to be used along the North Avenue Smart Corridor, the 2.3 mile stretch of North Avenue from Ponce City Market to Georgia Tech. The new app, powered by Applied Information, uses smart technology to connect users to city infrastructure, school beacon systems, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, traffic light changes, and emergency vehicles. The app provides audible warnings to alert users of potentially dangerous traffic situations such as runners and cyclists, and when users are speeding toward a curve or school zone, all while keeping their eyes on the road. To become a beta tester of the TravelSafely app, visit www.travelsafelyapp.com.

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.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

One reply on “News Briefs: Piedmont Park development; TravelSafely app; City Design class”

  1. The way Atlanta leadership approves development is a clear sign that leadership in Atlanta could care less about historical and neighborhood dynamics. Our politicians are all out to make a buck… including the new mayor. The development approved for Old Fourth Ward looks like its off the covers of some community in suburban-land USA. Clearly NO ONE cares about the King Center and the quality of neighborhood. No cares for keeping the park part of an actual neighborhood. As I say, Sherman burned Atlanta down at the end of the Civil War and our Atlanta leadership — along with the developers — do it every 10-15 years!

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