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How 10 Communities are Planning to Get More Walkable, Connected, and ‘Livable’

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How 10 Communities are Planning to Get More Walkable, Connected, and ‘Livable’

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By Paul Donsky

Expanded trail networks. Lively town centers. Roads designed for walkers and bicyclists, not just cars.

These are just some of the transformative ideas that 10 communities across metro Atlanta will be studying, thanks to $1.6 million in grants from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative.

Think of LCI grants as a way for cities, counties, and other places to think outside the box about what changes they can make to become more livable. Of course, “livable” means different things to different people, and that’s reflected in the wide variety of studies being funded through this year’s grants.

Here’s how ARC Executive Director Doug Hooker put it in a recent news release about the 2019 LCI planning grants: “So many of us today want to live and work in dynamic, lively places where you can walk or bike to get your errands done, grab a meal, or visit with friends. These investments will help foster these kinds of spaces throughout metro Atlanta.”

Read on for a closer look at some of the 2019 LCI grant recipients.

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