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Chantelle Rytter

Chantelle Rytter

Five hundred people showed up for the first Art on the Atlanta BeltLine lantern parade in 2010. Carrying homemade lights, they tromped up the dirt path between the dumpsters and hills of kudzu that, not long ago, dotted the Eastside Trail.
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Georgia State’s Planning Atlanta

At first glance, Georgia State University’s Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making, 1930s–1990s may appear a purely academic project, but the website is a treasure trove for neighborhood activists.
SCADpad

SCADpad

Can you live—and live well—in a home the size of a parking space? That question was posed to faculty, staff, and students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, not as an intellectual thought experiment but as a living laboratory known as SCADpad.
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Micro urban farming

Turning vacant lots into urban farms is nothing new, but a few innovators are taking intown agriculture to another level. Micro­enterprises such as Widdernshins Urban Farmstead in East Point operate on just a fifth of an acre.
Emory University's WaterHub

Emory University’s WaterHub

Emory University’s WaterHub diverts wastewater from the sewage system and cleans it as it flows through “ecochambers.”
Avalon

Avalon

The $600 million project, which will eventually consume 86 acres off Georgia 400 in Alpharetta, has been flashy from the start (the grand-opening gala last October lasted four days). And Toro’s mission—to break the mold of traditional suburban cul-de-sacs and strip malls in favor of a dense, walkable “urbanburb”—has clearly struck a chord.
Keith Parker

MARTA CEO Keith Parker

When Keith T. Parker became CEO and general manager of MARTA in 2012, he was faced with not only a bigger agency than those he’d previously managed in Charlotte and San Antonio, but one with a $33 million budget deficit and a public relations problem.
Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards

Vote for the 2015 Groundbreaker of the Year

Who should be our 2015 Groundbreaker of the Year? We want to hear what you have to say.
Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards

Call for Nominations! Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards 2015

Now in its fourth year, the Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards honor innovative people and projects. For 2015, our theme is “Building (and Rebuilding) a Better Place to Live.” The 2015 awards will focus on work in development, preservation, parks, public art, and environmental stewardship.

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