The Urban Agriculture Plan seeks
to create a healthy, sustainable Los Angeles River neighborhood through the lens of urban agriculture. It identifies specific strategies, locates potential interventions, and suggests means of project implementation.
In 2010 and 2011, the Buckhead CID funded a study to identify pedestrian connectivity opportunities within a specific 45-acre block of Buckhead bounded by GA 400, Peachtree Road and the Lenox Road/Buckhead Loop. While still developing, this block is already home to more than 14,000 residents and employees. The area has a mix of uses within walking distance of each other, including office, residential, retail and hotel. It also is within only a 10-minute walk of MARTA’s Buckhead transit station, making it a legitimate transit option for pedestrians. However, the area’s “super block” structure and lack of connectivity impedes these qualities, hampering access to transit and discouraging walking as a viable option for even small trips.
The study created a long-term vision and identified specific short-, medium- and long-term opportunities for adding and strengthening pedestrian circulation within this block and to surrounding destinations. The study’s recommendations are currently being implemented. Further, MARTA constructed a new entrance for the Buckhead station to better accommodate pedestrians in this area.
While Buckhead proudly boasts many world-class buildings, retailers and residences, it is woefully lacking in greenspace. This issue was noted in the City of Atlanta’s Project Greenspace, the City’s 2009 master plan. This study identified Buckhead’s City Council District 7 as having less greenspace than any other district in the city.
The Buckhead CID funded the development of a Greenspace Action Plan to provide:
• An understanding of realistic funding, operations, management and maintenance opportunities;
• A clear definition of the needs and desires of Buckhead residents, workers, business owners and key stakeholders;
• A detailed, realistic greenspace vision, dubbed “The Buckhead Collection,” based on community needs, existing conditions, appropriate standards and sound greenspace system planning principles from the best greenspace systems around the world and
• An action-oriented implementation strategy that identifies estimated costs, priorities, potential partnerships, alternative funding sources, phasing strategies and the specific actions – and responsibilities – to implement the vision.
What emerged was a truly collaborative public, private and nonprofit agency strategy for the implementation of the greenspace plan. Livable Buckhead is charged with the implementation of the plan. The Buckhead CID will provide further funding as appropriate.