Four years after the city’s digital release of a book presenting a long-term vision of Atlanta’s urban planning, a beautiful paper version is now available in a bookstore and a discussion with its authors is to come on September 16.
“The Atlanta City Design: Aspiring to the Beloved Community” was the product of the Atlanta City Planning Department under the direction of Commissioner Tim Keane and Ryan Gravel, a city planner who envisioned the Atlanta BeltLine. Audience input was part of the process through pop-up “studios” around the city. Extensively illustrated with photos and a personalized watercolor map of a future Atlanta, the 386-page book presents a vision of how the city can absorb hundreds of thousands of additional residents while improving green spaces and transportation and focusing on racial and economic equity.
The digital version was released on September 6, 2017 and has already proven influential on fronts such as the city’s proposed zoning changes related to housing density and affordability and the creation of the forest green space. South River and the related debate on a public safety training center.
The print version of the book was a longer job, involving the purchase of a printer and the passing of a 2019 city council resolution allowing sales on condition that the city does not make a profit.
The hardcover version is now available at Posman Books at the city market of Ponce at 675, avenue Ponce de Leon. (The complex was among the design studio’s sites in the planning process.) A spokesperson for town planning said it was the only bookstore selling the book. A cover price was not announced and Posman did not respond to a request for comment. City Planning also sent free copies to attendees of this year’s Design Awards.
Gravel said in an email that “this is the first time it’s been on sale in a bookstore. I know a lot of people who want a copy haven’t been able to get one, but now they can. . “
The Ponce City Market will also host the September 16 book chat, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the open-air amphitheater with a mask requirement. The discussion will include Gravel, Keane and Terri Lee, the COO and Housing Manager at Atlanta Housing. Tickets cost $ 50. For more details see an EventBrite list here.