Studies & Reports

In addition to leading public meetings and workshops, the Livable Communities Coalition has access to, participates in, or sometimes commissions in-depth reports, plans, and studies. Recent examples include:

A New Public Realm for DeKalb: Created by renowned urban planner Alex Garvin after six months of public meetings with area residents and stakeholders, New Public Realm is a plan for the redevelopment of streets, parks, and other public spaces in an area that includes and surrounds the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff.

Survey and Analysis of Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) in Georgia: A Look at the First Eight Years: Commissioned by the Livable Communities Coalition and conducted by Atlanta-based Bleakly Advisory Group, Survey and Analysis is the first (and to date, only) in-depth look at the financial performance of TADs, including detailed summaries of the sometimes astonishing appreciation in land values inside TADs.

SMARTRAQ(Strategies for Metro Atlanta?s Transportation and Air Quality): An eight-year study conducted by Dr. Larry Frank, one of the pre-eminent authorities on the interconnection between land use, travel behavior, air quality, and health, SMARTRAQ concluded that metro Atlantans would drive less, generate less pollution, and be more physically active if metro communities were more walkable. The study, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kinds, was sponsored by 11 local, regional, and national organizations and agencies. The Executive Summary.

Further Reading

A New Public Realm for DeKalb:

Survey and Analysis of Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) in Georgia: A Look at the First Eight Years:

SMARTRAQ(Strategies for Metro Atlanta?s Transportation and Air Quality):The Executive Summary.