Building For Livability
the Sandy Springs Revitalization Milestone newsletter and web
site -- April
[This graphic was the
opening page for a special section on the Livable Centers Initiative
on the Sandy Springs web site. The places in the insets, while not
found in Sandy Springs today, represent the vision
outlined in the Sandy Springs LCI plan completed in July of 2001.]
Springs is blessed with many advantages – a central location in the
heart of north metro Atlanta, an excellent climate, beautiful
neighborhoods, a well-educated population, an abundance of job
opportunities, and above average household incomes. Real estate
experts rate Sandy Springs as one of the top ten business and
merchandising markets in the country.
these advantages, some parts of Sandy Springs just do not work.
Everything about our urban design says this is a place for cars, not
for people. The community’s main street is cluttered with signs,
poles and poorly maintained commercial structures. Affordable
residential options close to the commercial district are limited. And
where are the parks, fountains, benches, cafes, and arts and cultural
activities that make a community interesting?
Stakeholders’ sessions in March, participants discussed their
concerns, and listed what they liked and what was missing in Sandy
Springs. They learned that a successful community is one whose
physical form reflects the core values of the people who live there --
when our community reflects what is important to us, we experience
quality of life. And when the things we hold important are not there,
it detracts from our quality of life, and can contribute to the
eventual decline of the community.
It is the
goal of the Livable Sandy Springs Plan to reclaim the heart of Sandy
Springs for its people. Let us know what is important to you? What
do you value? What is missing? What should our town center be like?
“Walkability Survey” on page 6, or contact us in writing with your
ideas and input by May 1st. More information including an interactive
“Visual Preference Survey” will be available in April on the Sandy
Springs Community Web Site at
What works in successful communities? Studies show that communities
that survive and thrive over time are those that (1) encourage public
transportation, and (2) a mixture of residential, commercial and
industrial development; (3) have high enough density to nourish
pedestrian life; and most important, (4) have maintained a sense of
place. These conditions occur only where there has been farsighted
planning and a long-term commitment to implementation.