Design Guidelines for Emory University’s Clifton Community Partnership

Recognizing that traffic from Atlanta’s regional growth was strangling quality of life, a major university convened a collaborative partnership (“the Partnership”) as a platform where the university, residents, civic and business leaders, and local governments could explore ways to work together to improve the area within three miles of the university’s core campus. The Partnership focuses on four key concepts: Live Locally; Walk Anywhere; Alternative Transportation; Enhance Vibrant Neighborhoods.
Olmsted‘s office laid out a plan for Druid Hills, the neighborhoods south and west of campus, that evoked the spirit of the City Beautiful movement. Graced by a network of parks that line streets whose curves celebrate the area’s hills and streams, the heavily wooded residential neighborhoods are highly sought addresses. Over the years, however, intersections of arterial streets have become strip shopping centers, and the narrow winding streets are today choked with heavy traffic. Moreover, the metropolitan region is expected to add another million people by 2025, roughly one-fifth of who are expected to settle in this quadrant. The number of cars on local roads and the number of hours lost to congestion have grown even faster than the population.

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