Georgia Tech awards professor Mike Dobbins for his students’ work with Atlanta’s blighted communities

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Mike Dobbins is the first non-scientist to win Georgia Tech’s Innovation and Excellence in Laboratory Instruction Award, which recognizes his work with the CityLabs program in the School of City and Regional Planning.

Dobbins is best known these days for the reports and proposals his students have produced on sweeping urban redevelopments. Recent topics include Memorial Drive; Fort McPherson; West End; and Northside Drive (which influenced the debate over Atlanta’s provision of $200 million in bonds to build the Falcons stadium).

Reports produced under Dobbins’ guidance traditionally cite the benefits of bringing all stakeholders into discussions – residents, community organizations, governmental entitites, and developers. The reports also emphasize opportunities to create jobs for nearby residents; to provide affordable housing; and to enable current residents to keep their homes after the neighborhood is improved.

“Professor of Practice Mike Dobbins is a master of project selection, client relations, planning vision and student mentoring who not only consistently achieves the promise of experiential learning, but whose students leave Georgia Tech ready to overcome the most demanding professional challenges,” Bruce Stiftel, chair of Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, said in a statement.

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