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After four decades of leading the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Alicia Philipp is stepping down with a call for innovative, systemic, and drastic change.
Across the country, deaths of pedestrians are nearing historic highs, and Georgia and metro Atlanta are no different. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the 20-county metro region has risen sharply, from nearly 1,700 in 2006 to more than 2,500 in 2015—a 53 percent increase.
What Atlanta could have been?
One steamy July morning, in the dining room of a spacious Inman Park home, a group of longtime neighborhood residents strategized over muffins and coffee about how to combat the unpleasant problem of root-busted sidewalks. And how to address the fact that Inman Park is home to nearly 4,300 people and a multitude of pricey luxury apartments but not a single residence classified as senior housing.
The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Nursing Home Transitions Program helps ease the transition by coordinating rides, arranging for help with bathing or grocery shopping, or even aiding in the search for new housing if necessary.
Residents will undoubtedly be heard, but whether they’re actually listened to will likely continue to be a concern.
Beginning next week, the residents of Capitol View, Sylvan Hills, Lakewood Heights, and other Southeast Atlanta neighborhoods will get a chance to review the latest proposal to fix a long-neglected part of town.
Thanks to a recommendation from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Boulevard could see $1.25 million in pedestrian safety investment.
One possible solution to Atlanta's lack of regional transit governance may have become less viable after a legal review found that the Atlanta Regional Commission may not own transportation capital assets.
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