In 1999, Governor Roy Barnes created the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, a major step forward in helping the Atlanta region address its traffic woes and grow differently. But the challenges that confront the region are not only those of relieving traffic congestion and improving air quality, but also of remedying the factors that produce explosive growth in some parts of the region and very little growth in others.
This report documents these growth patterns and argues that if Atlanta is to move beyond sprawl, it must connect the consequences of too much growth on the northern side of the region and too little growth on the southern portions and embrace a wide range of solutions that address the problems faced by both sides of the region.
Bruce Katz, of the Brookings Institution, said [land mapping] is not just about "real estate," but about access "to a talent pool." "Automobiles are essentially computers on wheels," said Katz, who focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. "The broader Detroit area is one of the greatest hubs of technological innovation around manufacturing."
"There is enormous opportunity for a smarter use of public assets in the cores of cities around anchors like waterfronts and research institutions."
"In today’s challenging fiscal, political, and economic environment, mayors can play a series of roles to advance the potential of their cities to grow quality jobs, create new economic opportunities for disadvantaged citizens, and generate much needed fiscal revenues."