Transforming Transit: Catching Up With TransFormation Alliance’s Odetta MacLeish-White

Communities
In October 2017, Odetta MacLeish-White was appointed the first managing director of The TransFormation Alliance (TFA), a collaboration of metro Atlanta organizations that promotes the development of thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit. On April 6, she will moderate Southface’s monthly policy forum, the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART). April’s SART focuses on building equity in transit-oriented development, …

Step Up For Atlanta: The Living Transit Fund And A Path To A New Atlanta Way

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Policy
Atlanta has long struggled to provide sustainable infrastructure and transit options to all residents, businesses and commuters, particularly its most vulnerable communities on the west and south sides of the city. Historically, underinvestment in public transportation has left communities cut off from centers of commerce, employment, entertainment and recreation – essentially requiring reliance on single-occupant …

SART Recap: Starting from the Bottom

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Don’t simply get lost in the presidential election—we have a once-in-a-generation chance to impact our city’s infrastructure and communities, particularly the most vulnerable. This November, start from the bottom (of the ballot).

Igniting Change in the Region

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Policy
Policymakers, community advocates and private enterprise are poised to act at a critical juncture in Atlanta’s history. We face a choice to deepen divides between neighborhoods and people with further disinvestment in some communities or find a way to connect economic development strategies with all our community assets to enable Atlanta to become a truly world class region and city.

Atlanta Press Club Tackles the State of Regional Transit

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Panelists agreed that the region has improved its infrastructure and the public perception of transit, but that the area has a lot of room to grow with regards to connectivity and serving the majority of residents. In the coming weeks, Southface will focus coverage on animportant upcoming vote that could address infrastructure expansion and operational funding for transit projects throughout the city.

The Atlanta BeltLine: Then and Now

Communities
The Atlanta BeltLine is well underway, and in some neighborhoods, particularly those along the Eastside Trail, it has transformed local perspectives on alternative transportation.

Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station Charrette

Communities
Green Building
Southface and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) facilitated a four-day Transit Oriented Development (TOD) charrette in October of 2013, focused on the redevelopment of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station parking lots.

Meet a Southfacer: Shan Arora

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Shan Arora is a project manager with Southface’s Sustainable Communities Team. An environmental advocate since an early age, he transitioned into sustainable community development after working in the international trade and tax fields for a decade.