Toward Revitalization at Human Scale in Atlanta

The city of Atlanta, a finalist in the second round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding better, more sustainable solutions through more effective public engagement.
by The City of Atlanta | March 18, 2015 AT 11:00 AM
(151 ratings)

This summary is a part of Atlanta’s application to a City Accelerator cohort on engagement. Your feedback on the videos will inform final selection of the cities. Give the videos a star rating and leave comments below!

What is Atlanta proposing?

The city of Atlanta, a finalist in the second round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding better, more sustainable solutions through more effective public engagement.

Atlanta’s Westside Future Fund, created in partnership with Mayor Kasim Reed, will help revitalize the area around a new football stadium. The city wants the Fund’s work to be shaped in consultation with city residents. Through the Fund, Atlanta will work to address two issues -- code enforcement and flooding -- already identified as priorities through past engagement efforts. City leaders are looking to the City Accelerator to help them think through how to structure their approach, and to make effective use of data and technology. Atlanta’s video, developed by Morehouse College, tells the story of looking to the community for better solutions.

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T Watson

On: 04-12-2017

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Informed

On: 10-19-2015

What a nice self-serving video - too bad the City of Atlanta didn't do this BEFORE the stadium messed up the neighborhood - only in ATL can you brag about doing the right thing AFTER you missed the boat doing it when you SHOULD HAVE.....

Roy

On: 09-16-2015

I think we are on a great path to progress in Atlanta. We still need the support of the citizens and leadership for mass transit.

Anonymous

On: 04-01-2015

Nice job Atlanta! There is a need to engage citizens in a new way, not through typical town hall meetings or not at all.

Robert

On: 03-31-2015

The mass exodus from cities left many financially devastated. Now the gentrification rally will devastate the individuals that stayed. Nathan McCall's book "Them" is so prophetic about what is transpiring in Atlanta and many other large cities. Collaboration will be instrumental to the redevelopment, as shown in the film.

Humberto.R

On: 03-31-2015

I believe that is a great Idea:)

Harold Jackson

On: 03-31-2015

engagemnt of the community is a good start, this should include all areas of the process from start to completion and not just for good PR. Perception is part of the componet that drives serious community engagement which will motivate the citizens of these effected communities to participate

Keisha G

On: 03-31-2015

What better idea to plan something toninvolve those living in the community

Jackie

On: 03-31-2015

great ideas!

S. Rosse

On: 03-30-2015

Great, community relations. It works!

sarfa

On: 03-30-2015

Atlanta is assmazing

P.Ferrell

On: 03-30-2015

This is great! A process of shared decision-making where all parties with a stake in the community can constructively explore solutions is a powerful alternative.

T. Lee

On: 03-30-2015

Excellent work! This is a great opportunity to use an economic development opportunity as the catlyst to drive responsible community transformation.

T. Lee

On: 03-30-2015

Excellent work! This is a great opportunity to use an economic development opportunity as the catlyst to drive responsible community transformation.

A. Edwards

On: 03-30-2015

Great Work!!

sharon

On: 03-30-2015

Great!

Orlando

On: 03-30-2015

Excellent video

LTC Kenneth B. Moore, U.S. Army (Retired)

On: 03-30-2015

An excellent presentation outlining how this type of planning should be done and who should be included at the onset!

Cynthia

On: 03-30-2015

Outstanding, when the community voices are heard it makes a difference.

Billy Lunsford

On: 03-30-2015

Don't stop at the new stadium, continue in all areas that needed. How can I play a part with the "City Accelerator."

Blanche

On: 03-30-2015

Great forsight in the future of the Hub of Georgia(atlanta metro) area. Continue to contact and connect with the person's impacted the most with any change. The ideas implemented in the short film teaches in several ways. It encouages pride and growth.

Travis M.

On: 03-30-2015

I that the video was great insight on changes that are needed in many of our communities. I love that the group comsider community involvement. I pray that all goals are met.

jennia howard

On: 03-30-2015

Amazing

Anonymous

On: 03-30-2015

Simply Beautiful...May God's hand be on this city with many blessings for all.

Anonymous

On: 03-30-2015

WONDERFUL.

Anonymous

On: 03-30-2015

Heartfelt and genuine. Collaboration between the city and citizen is what revitalization should be all about.

Andre Clay

On: 03-30-2015

Excellent idea for community input from citizens .

Oliver

On: 03-30-2015

Any revitalization would be a welcome change for all of the neighborhoods involved would be a welcome change, so long as the changes made do not push out the current residents.

Kimberlyn Carter

On: 03-29-2015

Hotlanta rules!

Mike Green

On: 03-28-2015

Awesome insight into Atlanta & its opportunity to engage a new model of equitable development!

James Tyson

On: 03-28-2015

great work Avery.....I would love to see how the residential home market fairs in this revitalization. Maybe partnering with the college in developing student and family housing.

Diana

On: 03-27-2015

There's been many revitalization programs in this area before. Lets not make the same mistakes.

Joseph Williams

On: 03-27-2015

Insightful video about civic engagement.

David

On: 03-27-2015

Glad to see the involvement of Morehouse in the crafting of this pitch. Just like most cities around the country Atlanta has many areas of neglect along racial and economic lines. Engaging the community to help revitalization efforts is critical. Thanks to the City Accelerator for stimulating change through this funding. I hope Atlanta is successful in their bid to get support for this endeavor.

Anonymous

On: 03-27-2015

This is an exceptional piece! It shows the power of civic engagement at the citizen level. This concept, if utlized effectively will GET THINGS DONE!!

Kevin Sipp

On: 03-27-2015

I would have toned the music down just a bit, but otherwise a good video dealing with the need and benefit of community inclusion on theplanning decisions that effect neighborhoods.

felecia Robinson

On: 03-27-2015

Let's make this happen it's outstanding definitely necessary.

Anonymous

On: 03-27-2015

The video was very well done! Now what do we do about the flooding and code enforcement?

John

On: 03-27-2015

Nice work. Great luck on this ambitious project.

Jon

On: 03-27-2015

Video caught my attention from the opening frame through its credits. Good job by those who produced it !!

Cicely

On: 03-27-2015

Love the fresh perspective and creativity from young men living in a community in which they working with others can bring about tremendous change.

Camomile

On: 03-27-2015

The video is spot on. The Atlanta Way is about working together.

Fred Stein

On: 03-27-2015

Atlanta all the way!

Sean

On: 03-26-2015

Atlanta!

Jo

On: 03-26-2015

I love how creative this was~!

Clif

On: 03-26-2015

Much needed and it make the city better

ASJ

On: 03-26-2015

I didn't think the video quickly and/or clearly articulated what this campaign is about, particularly when it comes to code enforcement and flooding.

TKF

On: 03-26-2015

Interesting. Would have liked to see more detail of the ideal solution. The description notes that the fund will address code enforcement & flooding -- however, the video portrays other splashier concerns (does code enforcement = zoning)?

G Clay

On: 03-26-2015

Great piece!

Anonymous

On: 03-26-2015

Very creative and thoughtful.

Tyler Blaine

On: 03-26-2015

I love this video!

E.M. Cala

On: 03-26-2015

Good video and project for the elected officials to follow. The elected officials need to get together with their constituents and listen. Atlanta has some great research institutions and motivated youth that can already help tackle these issues. Reaching out to all of the residents in an equal way and using the city's valuable social resources is the purpose of these officials.

Bruce H King

On: 03-26-2015

Enjoyed the presentation

Eliza

On: 03-25-2015

This is a great start working with Mayor Kasim Reed in promoting the developmental issue that is needed in this area. The video is wonder I like it.

ywigfall@newtech.garycsc.k12.in.us

On: 03-25-2015

Enjoyed 1. use of two generations 2. use of new teaching old 3. use of older character symbolizing history 4. use of younger character symbolizing current new-millenium 5. use of chess game in old and new form representing that the game never changes 6. use of how history repeats and grows via the older character--the history--shows that it still needs and will continue with involving the youth 7 his gray hair representing wisdom and how it plays out in the suggestion of teaching the children and wisdom in winning the game Well done

Kris

On: 03-25-2015

This is exactly how things should be and it is perfectly captured in this video I loved it! When the people are involved it lets everybody know that a city values their opinion and their people and progress can really be made. LOVE

Shari

On: 03-25-2015

This is an AMAZING project! I commend the creators for their ingenuity. Community collaboration is the key to the city's success. Way to go!

Charmela

On: 03-25-2015

This video captures community involvement at its finest. Not only is it needed but it is essential for progression. Amazing job!!

J Bailey

On: 03-25-2015

IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE!!! COMMUNITIES ARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE!!! Great job here...this video is awesome. Bravo on the forward thinking, inclusive approach to this video. I love it!

Wayne Martin

On: 03-25-2015

This video is awesome and it perfectly captures the essence of Atlanta's progressive spirit!!

Otis

On: 03-25-2015

Great video that outlined engaging the community in decisions that affect the city and its residents.

Sonya Herring

On: 03-25-2015

Awesome! It's my understanding that this video was produced by Morehouse Students. Go Atlanta!

Cynthia Vaughan

On: 03-23-2015

The presentation was well done. When the city actually solicits input from those persons directly affected by the changes and actually implements some of their suggestions you may have as close to a win win as you can get. Atlanta is a beautiful city, let's help make it even better!

Jay

On: 03-22-2015

I commend the mayor and city officials for creating opportunities to improve the city of Atlanta through various revitalization efforts. High quality of life standards are essential to a progressive metropolitan landscape. Again, continue to incorporate creative strategic planning.

Wanda Pierson

On: 03-22-2015

This video is exceptionally well done. It is innovative and gets the point across by emphasizing community involvement as a key for economic development and civic improvement. The video is compelling and once you start watching, you really get caught up in the message. The cast was also excellent. Kudos all around!

Cassandra Wells

On: 03-22-2015

I think the video captures the Atlanta's goal of inclusion of residents in the redefining of the area that they live in. There has been much discontent with the way the building of the new stadium was handled. The video shows we are trying to do the next step right.

Allen Johnston

On: 03-20-2015

Interesting direction to show REAL problems and solutions for the City of Atlanta. Very creative

MTK

On: 03-20-2015

Intergenerational and inclusive message. Truly shows the HEART of the SOLUTIONS

Melvinia T King

On: 03-20-2015

Outstanding presentation. Truly shows the heart of the "solutions"

Geoffrey D. Williams

On: 03-20-2015

Great presentation! Very heartfelt!

Harold

On: 03-19-2015

As a future student of Urban Planning I think this short video tells the story too often overlooked. We should plan for the people who live in an area not for the those who will move them out.

Mike G

On: 03-19-2015

video lets you know what is needed in Urban Planning and not just move out the poor but revitalizing.

Llewellyn Dixon

On: 03-19-2015

The message in this video is as close to the truth as one can give about city planning, urban development, gentrification, etc. It's a powerful message that, I believe, should serve as both advice and a wake up call to "the powers that be" when it comes to city planning.

Sherry

On: 03-19-2015

The video was very touching, and I enjoyed the older gentleman in the video. Very cute and well done!