Plannerisms, our series of audio shorts, gives you a clear explanation of planning terms related to things taking place in metro Atlanta today – in 90 seconds or less.

Today, we learn about…placemaking.

More on Placemaking

As you hear in the audio short above, placemaking can range in scale, from a city transforming an empty parking lot into a temporary park, to neighbors planting a permanent community garden, to residents placing a bench at a bus stop to make it more welcoming. Here are some examples of placemaking in metro Atlanta…

  • Public art in Hapeville highlights the city’s rich history while enlivening its revitalized downtown.
  • At its annual Chalktober Fest, Marietta’s town square becomes a colorful canvas decorated by artists from around the world.
  • MARTA has transformed its train stations into true community spaces with Stationsoccer, the world’s first transit soccer league with fields at two stations, as well as Fresh MARTA Markets, weekly farm stands which take place one day each week in five stations.
  • Atlanta-Fulton Library’s “Library on the Lawn” project brings the internet, laptops, and tables to downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park during the initial months of Central Library’s closure for renovations.

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