The Chattahoochee River

Our River, Reimagined

Episode #19 | August 19, 2021 | 18 minutes

How could 125 miles of trail along the Chattahoochee River transform our relationship with Atlanta’s natural landscape and while really and truly serving the underinvested communities in its path? We talk about these questions and more as we discuss…

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The Peachtree Street Demonstration Project is testing how shared space for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists works for all those groups.

What if Peachtree Were More Than a Street?

Episode #18 | June 30, 2021 | 10 minutes

A quiet murmur ripples through the crowd when the paint rollers first hit ground – and begin to define the long, white stripes that will make up the brand-new crosswalk…

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How We Talk About Affordable Housing with Dr. Tiffany Manuel

Episode #17 | June 9, 2021 | 16 minutes

The language we use to talk about a topic influences how we think about it. And with an entrenched issue like housing affordability, it also impacts the solutions we imagine…

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How to Be an “Old Person in Training” with Ashton Applewhite

Episode #16 | May 18, 2021 | 15 minutes

Consider this: How do we build communities that work for everyone, including our fast-growing 65+ population, when many of us don’t particularly want to think about aging at all —…

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Young couple wearing face masks receiving key of their new home from real estate agent during COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Land Trusts: Boosting Housing Affordability and Fighting Gentrification

Episode #15 | May 5, 2021 | 16 minutes

If you’re a homeowner, much of your house’s value comes from the land it sits on. That’s the fact that drives community land trusts, a strategy to fight gentrification that’s…

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COVID and Inequity in Metro Atlanta

Episode #14 | November 10, 2020 | 10 minutes

  The COVID-19 pandemic is not affecting everyone equally. Consider the circumstances when the pandemic arrived in March 2020. The region was in a long period of economic growth —…

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Comfort Food: Feeding Older Refugees During COVID-19

Episode #13 | April 7, 2020 | 11 minutes

This is the story of how CPACS staff and partners came together quickly, to figure out how to continue to offer sustenance and care during this time of crisis.

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How to Telework While Social Distancing

Episode #12 | March 19, 2020 | 12 minutes

So, you’re working at home. And maybe you have everything you need to do it right: your ergonomic chair, your well-lit home office, and your robot nanny bringing you fresh…

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Podcast: Living Small Goes Big

Episode #11 | December 4, 2019 | 25 minutes

Photo Description: ATL ADU CO recently built Cottage Inman in Inman Park  Could that cute little backyard cottage solve housing affordability? Okay, so…no, not by itself. More and more, though,…

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Podcast: Will a Robot Take My Job??

Episode #10 | November 27, 2019 | 20 minutes

Workforce automation is growing around the nation and right here in metro Atlanta, and — whether you know it or not — likely has some major effects on your job,…

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 2

Episode #9 | November 20, 2019 | 22 minutes

 Whether you call it new urbanism, live-work-play or something else, a certain type of development is sweeping the country right now — and making a big splash right here…

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Podcast: How a Community Transforms, Part 1

Episode #8 | November 13, 2019 | 18 minutes

How did it come to be that a small city a full 30 miles north of the city of Atlanta set the precedent for so-called “urban” design — the sort…

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Kids’ postcards and letters to the distant year of 2020, penned in the late ‘90s

Podcast: Metro Atlanta Time Machine

Episode #7 | November 8, 2019 | 25 minutes

It’s good to be back! Two modest questions kick off Season 2: What will metro Atlanta look like in 2050? And what do we do now, to make it the…

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Season 2 of the What’s Next ATL podcast is almost here. Listen to the trailer.

Episode #1 | October 30, 2019 | 2 minutes

 Season 2 is almost here. This time around, we’re asking one simple question: How do we build the communities we want? From the big-picture prognostications for our next 30…

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Podcast Bonus Episode: Help Plan for Our Future

July 24, 2019

Happy summer, all. In this bonus episode, we talk about how you—yes, you—can get involved with a long-range planning effort for metro Atlanta that looks all the way out to…

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What’s Next ATL: Season 2 Preview

June 25, 2019 | 1 minutes

Hi, all. Get psyched, because this fall, we’re returning with the question: How do we build the community we want? From tiny houses in our backyards, to breweries in our…

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Metro Atlanta’s Top Issues in 2019—According to its Leaders

Episode #6 | December 13, 2018 | 13 minutes

For this bonus podcast episode, we asked leaders from around the region to tell us what they see as the biggest issues facing the Atlanta region for 2019. From affordable…

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Solitude and “Peace.” How Trucking Changed One “Super-Mom’s” Life.

Episode #5 | December 6, 2018 | 14 minutes

Close your eyes and think “tractor-trailer driver.” Who do you picture? If you said, “a tough older guy,” you wouldn’t be off the mark. Truckers have a hard job which…

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How the Driverless Car Revolution May (Really) Change Your Life

Episode #4 | November 29, 2018 | 27 minutes

Driverless cars and “connected technology” are making headlines across the country and right here in metro Atlanta. But why should any of this interest any but the tech-nerdiest among us?…

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The Golden Girls, Redux: Inside the Boomer Roommate Trend

Episode #3 | November 15, 2018 | 17 minutes

 Aging? Then this story’s for you. And, guess what? We’re all aging. In just 12 years, one in four of us will be 60 or older in metro Atlanta….

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Cost of Living: Taming the Housing Affordability Crunch

Episode #2 | November 8, 2018 | 22 minutes

 Whether we’re renters or homeowners, housing affordability is a problem for many of us—certainly around the entire country, but increasingly, right here at home in metro Atlanta. In this…

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The little-known (in metro Atlanta) Flint River is at the center of an effort to knit the communities around Atlanta’s airport together through greenspace. Credit: Stacey Funderburke

Finding the Flint: How ATL’s Overlooked Waterway Could Spark South Metro Revival

Episode #1 | November 2, 2018 | 15 minutes

Put your hand up if you knew that Georgia’s second longest river runs beneath Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – and that it runs in culverts and ditches through no fewer…

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