These quarterly meetings showcase Atlanta-focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city. We will provide a few snacks. Buy your own drinks.
This meetup will focus on the development of the Memorial Corridor. Our speakers:
Greg Giuffrida is the Memorial Drive Corridor Executive, a new role that grew out of a 2014 studio project performed by graduate students in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. It is funded by a range of stakeholders on Memorial Drive and hosted by Central Atlanta Progress. Greg’s job is to work with neighborhoods, public agencies, and property owners to make Memorial Drive a safer, more efficient, and more inviting connection for Southeast Atlanta. He will discuss the following: how an academic project evolved into an applied role; the many political and bureaucratic layers that shape the physical condition of Memorial Drive; and real-time planning in a rapidly changing urban environment.
Chris Appleton is co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot. As a Reynoldstown homeowner, Director of a Memorial Drive-based organization, and member of the Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League Board of Directors, Chris has been actively engaged in the visioning for and development of Memorial Drive. Chris’ presentation will focus on the role arts & culture have played in the Memorial Drive communities and how WonderRoot is seeking to leverage the power of the arts to create a sense of place and mitigate the negative effects of gentrification.
7:00 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you)
7:15 – Presentations and Q&A
8:30 – Networking, chit chatting, order another drink