Georgia Tech Masters’ Studios:
Designing the Moreland Avenue Corridor for the Little 5 Points Alliance
“The Little 5 Points Alliance (L5PA) is asking the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization (CPNO) to contribute $2,000 (two thousand dollars), as part of a five organization ask, to fund a Georgia Tech Masters Studio doing planning work titled, Designing the Moreland Avenue Corridor.”
This opportunity is being offered to the community for a total of $10,000 which represents 20% of the typical $50,000 fee. The organizations being asked to contribute $2,000 are: CPNO, IPNA, L5PA, L5P Business Association, and the L5P CID. The studio will operate under the oversight of the L5PA which has CPNO representation, including the L5PA Mobility committee co-chair Joseph F. Hacker. The work will involve some community outreach and updates can be provided to CPNO as needed.
How did this idea come about?
Georgia Tech Professor Mike Dobbins is interested in working with a team of 6-8 Masters-level planning students, drawing from the disciplines of city and regional planning, urban design, civil engineering, and architecture to conduct a “Studio” along Moreland Avenue with a focus on Little 5Points
Where will the Studio be conducted?
The studio will focus on the Moreland Avenue corridor from Dekalb Ave. to Ponce De Leon Ave.
What will the students be studying?
- Studio will address issues impacting L5P, including assessments/projections of demographics, development economics futures, multimodal transportation plans and futures, settlement and development patterns, urban design quality, and environmental/health factors. The students appreciate that L5P has unique challenges and strong, organized citizen activism.
- Priority issues will include transportation elements, focus on right-of-way design that includes relevant travel modes, property access, traffic control, travel speeds, and streetscape improvement measures, like pedestrian desirability, lighting, landscaping, and signage.
What will be the result of the work?
The Studio will create concepts that the neighborhoods, the Alliance, GDOT, and the city can pursue to highlight Moreland’s transformation from bleak, auto-dominated throughput to community-serving access. The study will propose measures supporting the Alliance’s commitment to lift the area’s quality of life, to draw in supportive investment, and to become more desirable for current and future citizens and businesses.
- A student working as an ARC intern will assemble prior studies, reports, mapping and other base data
- Mid-August: studio begins;
- End of August: students complete review of the advance work, and begin conducting preliminary interviews with stakeholders, made up of the Alliance membership and such others as they identify
- Early September: a kick-off listening session with stakeholders including review of preliminary findings
- Early October: review of analyses to date for stakeholder feedback
- Early to mid-November: presentation of draft report to stakeholder group
- Early to mid-December: delivery and presentation of the final draft report
- End of January: delivery of final report, incorporating stakeholders’ comments and directions