The future strength and equity of Atlanta’s economy depends on several key factors, one of which is how we can effectively invest in our city’s emerging commercial corridors.
As the City of Atlanta’s population is expected to double in the coming years—from 465,000 today to an estimated 1.3 million by 2050—a large percentage of these new residents will be living and working along our city’s major corridors. Therefore we must invest in these to ensure they connect neighborhoods and accommodate growth in a way that benefits all Atlantans.
To support this type of strategy, the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta are intently focused on making targeted investments along corridors in Atlanta that are in development—streets like Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Hollowell Parkway on the Westside, and Campbellton Road and Metropolitan Road in Southwest Atlanta.
Currently, all these major avenues share similar characteristics. They are all wide, multiple-lane roads filled with high-speed vehicular traffic. Commercial properties are often small, narrow and separated over long distances by parking lots and underutilized properties. In addition, these corridors lack certain amenities, such as greenspace and grocery stores.
Invest Atlanta and our partners are working to address these issues. Working on multiple fronts, we will remain centered around redeveloping our city’s most important commercial corridors to ensure they are vibrant and attractive connectors between neighborhoods. By doing so, we’ll strengthen the city’s core neighborhoods, address equity and support increased resiliency.
Be on the lookout for a piece I’m writing in partnership with the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Atlanta where I will lay out our vision for these corridors in more detail.