Council Communications

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Atlanta, GA  30303



Dexter M. Chambers

Council Communications Director

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January 15, 2014


Georgia Tech Urban Design Workshop and Study to focus on Cascade Heights Commercial District


ATLANTA - Over the next four months a group of Georgia Tech students will focus on the commercial development along the Cascade Heights Commercial District (CHCD) in southwest Atlanta. The students are currently taking a workshop course offered by the School of Architecture titled, “Urban Form and Community: identity, place + development.”


The students will research, analyze and interpret the issues facing the CHCD and develop study proposals and recommendations for the community and the district’s future development.

The initiative is being funded partially by the Office of City Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and C.T. Martin.


“This initiative was the brainchild of leaders in the Adams Park community,” Councilmember Bottoms said.  “Through collaboration with our offices, resources were identified to help fund this study.  This is a great example of the positive impact that can be made in our neighborhoods when we all work together toward a common goal.  The Atlanta Beltline became reality following a similar initiative, and I am excited about the possibilities that are on the horizon for the Cascade Heights Commercial District.”   

The course asks students, “What are the relevant issues driving a community’s identity, its growth and development?, and “How can changes in the urban form of a community support a sense of place and serve as a catalyst for commercial development?”. 


The course will engage an approach that prioritizes the community perspective. Led by faculty advisor, Jihan Sherman, the workshop emerged through a partnership between the School of Architecture and a group of neighbors served by the historic district with the vision of helping to propel its growth and vitality.  During the semester, the students will have several important interactions with the surrounding communities. The first will include an open, community workshop seeking to capture input from residents, community leaders, commercial property owners and business owners.  Another event will be hosted in April, where the students will present proposals and recommendations for the CHCD to the community for dialogue and conversation.


The Georgia Tech students involved include Allison Buker, Michael Delinsky, William Fryer, Jennifer Ingram, Kaitlyn Pahel, Sean Sims, Steven Victor, Heather Waite and Gloria Woods.


For more information contact:

Danita M. Brown, AIA





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