Memorial Drive planners hosting public design studios, seeking input
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Beginning tomorrow, Sept. 27, the planners and designers behind the Imagine Memorial LCI development program will host a series of meetings called “public design studios” to allow community members to help plan the future of the Memorial Drive corridor.
Imagine Memorial is a study of the Memorial Drive corridor that’s been ongoing for since 2014. Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong commissioned the initial study. According to the project website, the Atlanta Regional Commission began the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program to improve crucial city centers and corridors.
Greg Giuffrida, the Memorial Drive Corridor Executive, said the meetings are part of a process to update the comprehensive plan for the corridor, which is out of date.
“This whole thing started as a Georgia Tech study, but it has not been formally adopted by the ARC and by the city,” he said. “This is getting an official stamp on what we’ve been working on for the past few years.”
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At the upcoming meetings, a team of planners and urban designers will be available the entire time to listen to people’s ideas and help attendees sketch out their designs in real-time.
“We hope [the studio is] a more interactive and creative approach to planning that reflects the unique character of our part of the city,” an event press release said.
The public studios will last for three consecutive days, offering more options for community members to participate. The three studios will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each studio session will take place at the Media Center at Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School, 256 Clifton St SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30317.
Participants may drop by any time, but the planners are also seeking groups to schedule specific blocks of time to focus on certain areas. For example, leaders from the East Lake neighborhood may schedule a time to visit together for a work session to focus on their specific concerns.
Any group can schedule a time by contacting Eboni Brown at 470-234-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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