May 2017
The week ahead provides terrific opportunities to honor visionaries, celebrate progress, learn about Vision Zero and demand increased funding for sidewalk repairs. 

Today is the 101st birthday of Jane Jacobs, whose landmark book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, had a tremendous impact on the urban planning profession. Honor her legacy by participating in Jane's Walk on May 7 and by watching Citizen Jane, an inspiring documentary that opens in Atlanta on May 12.

Please join us and make your voice heard.

In This Issue
Jane's Walk Atlanta
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
The Story and Promise of Vision Zero
Public Hearing: Proposed Atlanta budget
Fuqua Fun Walk
May 7: Jane's Walk
Join CNU Atlanta, PEDS and others on Sunday, May 7 for a fun walk celebrating Jane Jacobs, a feisty urban activist who spoke truth to power.
Life and Death of Great American Cities - book cover

Published over a half-century ago, The Death and Life of Great American Cities is a direct attack on the principles of 1950s top-down urban planning policy, which she held responsible for the decline of many neighborhoods in cities  throughout the United States. Her ideas are still relevant today.

While walking, we'll experience the evolution of Midtown and the benefits of mixed use development and good street design.

Candler Vinson of CNU Atlanta will lead the walk, with Bakari Height of the MARTA Army, Ian Sansom of Alta Planning, and Kemberli Sargent of PEDS all sharing insights.
May 12 screening: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 
On May 12th, Matt Tyrnauner will release  his new film,  Citizen Jane a David and Goliath story about Jane Jacobs taking on the tyrannical master builder Robert Moses in 1950s and 60s New York City.
Citizen Jane Movie Date & location  
Join activists at PEDS, CNU Atlanta and others to enjoy the film and talk about ways we can build upon her legacy.

Fri, May 12, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Midtown Art Cinemas 8

Citizen Jane is an inspiring and historic example of successful grassroots mobilization and social activism.  Jacobs stood up to seemingly indomitable city planners and was a galvanizing force in saving cherished New York neighborhoods such as SoHo and Greenwich Village.  

Midtown Art Cinemas 8 will show the movie for just one week: May 12 - 18.  

Watch the trailer,  and you'll agree: this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.
May 7 lecture: The Story and Promise of Vision Zero
Vision Zero, based on the philosophy that one death is too many, emerged in 1997 when Claes Tingvall, the director of road safety in Sweden, sparked a new approach to road safety. Rather th an trying to changehuman behavior, he led Sweden to adapt road design to the way people really behave.  During the two decades that followed, traffic fatalities in Sweden dropped by 60 percent.

Tingvall, who is traveling to Atlanta to receive an honoring award from Emory University, will give a special lecture on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM.

The Story and Promise of Vision Zero
Special lecture by Claes Tingvall
May 7, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Emory University, White Hall,  Room 208

Sweden's success at cutting traffic fatalities is inspiring cities throughout the United States to adopt Vision Zero programs Sunday's lecture provides a terrific opportunity for you to learn how to lead cities in the Atlanta region to do the same.

May 11 Public Hearing: Proposed City of Atlanta budget
The Atlanta City Council has begun deliberations on the city budget proposed by Mayor Kasim ReedThe budget applies to Fiscal Year 2018, which begins July 1, 2017. 

An upcoming public hearing gives Atlanta residents and others an opportunity to ask questions about the budget and recommend changes. 

Public Hearing and Interactive Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, May 11, 6:15 PM
City Council Chambers

Bag of money
In 2010, the Public Works Department estimated the annual cost of the ongoing breakdown of sidewalks at $15 million. Despite that, the proposed budget does not include a line item for sidewalk repairs. 

At the hearing, we will ask City Officials to amend the proposed budget by allocating at least $15 million to sidewalk maintenance.  We encourage you to do the same. 

It's past time for city officials to stop kicking the can down the road. The more times elected officials hear this - and the more people they hear it from - the more likely we are to see change happen.
May 13: Fuqua Fun Walk
On May 13, ThreadATL and CNU Atlanta, organizations committed to good urban design, are leading a one-mile walk to look at the proposed Fuqua retail development at 17th Street and Northside Drive.

Sat, May 13, 2:00 PM
Meet at Starbucks on 17th Street

The developer's history of auto-oriented design raises serious concerns. Will people who live in Loring Heights, Atlantic Station, Home Park and other nearby areas have safe and convenient access on foot?

Event organizer will bring copies of proposed plans for us to look over as we look at the location. Walk, talk, conspire and have fun.

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