Atlanta currently has a density of 630 people per square mile and is the 9th largest city population in the US. For Atlanta to implement sustainable living tactics, while also improving the quality of living will be a unique and continual struggle not experienced in other urban areas. Atlanta’s geography resembles the characteristics of lower density suburban areas (suburban sprawl post) yet is considered to be a higher density urban area due to its estimated population of 5.2 million. In other words, Atlanta has a lot of people that demand a big city’s benefits and services for living in a big city, yet, Atlanta’s geography is sprawling, and these city benefits and services are in many cases, fragmented, sparse and not available to the city as a whole entity. Atlanta’s challenges are those of both low and high-density areas.
Walkability to most describes the ability to walk from one point to another with ease. In Atlanta this means redeveloping the habit of looking both ways even when strolling down a sidewalk; if there even is a sidewalk.
As we wrote in our first post titled “Atlanta, Where Urbanism and Sub-burbism Collide”, Atlanta is an elongated, suburban version of a dense US city making it different amongst cities like New York, Boston and DC. Atlanta is less dense in areas, making parts seem more suburban than urban. There is a lack of cohesive connection from one part of Atlanta to another.