Watkinsville Brings Art Downtown
The city of Watkinsville, known as the “Artland of Georgia,” recently installed several sculptures in its downtown. The sculptures and a series of art panels represent two pop-up exhibitions designed to enhance public spaces in the city and encourage conversations on the importance of art in this community of 2,800.
Chamblee’s Downtown Renaissance Plan Adds Energy to the City
In the summer of 2015, the city of Chamblee was invited to participate in the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a partnership of GMA, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the College of Environment and Design. City staff and the Chamblee Downtown Development Authority (DDA) worked with senior UGA landscape architecture student Juan da Silva to create design options for Chamblee’s historic commercial business district Peachtree Road.
Sandy Springs Creates Its Center Point
The 35 years that preceded the incorporation of Sandy Springs in 2005 saw the area transform from a predominately rural area to the second most populated community in Metro Atlanta.
Duluth Saves Legacy to Build Legacy
Every Georgia downtown has a building or set of buildings that the community deems cannot be lost under any circumstance. These legacy buildings have survived time and fate to become etched in the collective memories of each citizen and visitor as “sacred” ground.
Ball Ground Leaders Breathe Life into Their Downtown
Ball Ground city officials recently adopted a new slogan: “We Roll Out the Red Carpet—Not the Red Tape,” which symbolizes their philosophy on dealing with the Ball Ground business community and the way they took action to restore a declining downtown.
Cities Rebound and Rebuild After Natural Disasters
Natural disasters are a common occurrence throughout the state. Tornadoes, hurricanes, severe storms, floods and wildfires wreak havoc on communities. Some cities are learning that preparation is key to dealing with the forces of nature. This preparation combined with resolve, strong leadership and a unified community are credited with helping communities bounce back from devastation.
Hub Cities Enhance Downtowns to Increase Cities’ Marketability
Formed out of a collaborative meet-and-greet of mayors during GMA’s 2013 annual Mayor’s Day Conference, the GMA Hub Cities Initiative is described by GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton as an effort used to “harness and leverage the state’s full economic potential.”
Cedartown Neighborhoods Say ‘Bye’ to Blight
The city of Cedartown is making notable advancements in its effort to clean up neighborhoods marred by blight, property that is structurally unsafe or displays unsanitary conditions. The city demolished two structures at the end of 2015 and is starting 2016 off with affordable housing projects.
Thomasville and Rome Stand Out in Affordable Housing and Project Innovation
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program recently recognized eight cities with awards for their efforts to increase affordable housing and to revitalize their communities. Located on opposite corners of the west side of the state, the cities of Thomasville and Rome were two of the honorees. But their awards were just a glimpse into what it truly takes to be a successful GICH community.
Valdosta’s Work Camp Illustrates Southern Hospitality
During the week of June 26, youth will gather for Valdosta’s 10th annual Southern Hospitality Work Camp. This camp is a part of Group Mission Trips, a Loveland, Colorado-based organization. The campers will perform minor repairs including painting, skirting, and constructing handrails, porches and decks for approximately 20 elderly or disabled homeowners within Valdosta’s Designated Revitalization Area (DRA) at no cost to homeowners.
New Police Technology Drives Policy Issues
As more and more police departments turn to technology—particularly cameras—to document encounters with the public, more questions than answers are arising in how to set policy around the new technology.