Book Compiled for CNU 18 Presents Atlanta as a Showcase for Great Neighborhoods and Urbanist Solutions

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A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the congress. To make sure you get one, order now at ($50/hardcopy or $10/PDF download).

Despite its caricature as the poster child for sprawl, metropolitan Atlanta is rich with livable historic neighborhoods, and a showcase for successful, problem-solving new urbanist developments. There are, in fact, enough of them to write a book about – which is just what CNU’s Atlanta chapter has done. Building Metropolitan Atlanta: Past, Present & Future is a comprehensive look at the region’s evolution, its current challenges, and the many recent and planned efforts to address them. For anyone attending CNU 18, it’s an essential reference and guide to this complex and fast-changing metropolis.

Essays in the book’s opening Perspectives section address overarching themes such as Atlanta as a mega-region; calculating health impacts of a major infrastructure project; agricultural urbanism; lifelong communities; and reviving the center city. Perspectives authors include Dr. Howard Frumkin, special assistant to the CDC director for climate change and health; Catherine Ross, director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development; Lawrence Frank, formerly at Georgia Tech and now holder of the Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation Systems at the University of British Columbia; and Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution.
The book then goes on to profile several dozen historic and still (or once again) thriving towns and neighborhoods, and to describe more than 40 recent and planned Atlanta area projects that embody the principles of sustainability and new urbanism. You can read a selection of these right now:
  • Atlanta, Public Health, and New Urbanism? Introductory essay by Ellen Dunham-Jones, Chair CNU of 18
  • Learning from the Beltline: Tangible Vision Leads to Transformation by Ryan Gravel
  • Downtown Duluth Town Green: A visionary plan was developed for recreating a town center with a central Town Green to revitalize the historic downtown of Duluth.
  • Serenbe: 1,000-acre greenfield development of forests and former farmlands focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations.
  • Downtown Woodstock: A successful integration of higher density mixed-use development into a historically lower density town center.
  • Technology Square: A four-block, mixed-use redevelopment project that connects the historic Georgia Tech campus across the interstate highway to Midtown Atlanta.
A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the congress. To make sure you get one, order now. The hardcopy version is $50, and a high-resolution PDF download is $10. Go to to purchase yours.