Tech planning students’ vision for Memorial Drive gains political boost from Atlanta councilmembers

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Reducing the speed limit on Memorial Drive from 35 mph to 25 mph could improve safety, cut tailpipe emissions, boost the roadway’s capacity, and even reduce trip times because traffic would flow more smoothly. Another startling discovery associated with the analysis of Memorial Drive, being conducted this autumn by Georgia Tech city and regional planning graduate students, is the high degree of buy-in from Atlanta city councilmembers who represent the area. Councilmember Natalyn Archibong initiated the project and encouraged Tech to allocate a graduate design studio to conduct the analysis. Archibong provided about $13,000 from her council account to help fund Tech’s analysis. She also propelled the project through the city’s planning department, an effort that ended with Tom Weyandt, deputy chief operating officer for Mayor Kasim Reed, agreeing to authorize the department to provide Tech with an additional $7,500 for the studio.

Archibong arranged to open the atrium of Atlanta City Hall to the students on Monday evening, where they presented the results of their first 10 weeks of work on the Memorial Drive corridor. Archibong likely will be the sponsor of any amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan, or proposals to retool the roadway and its intersections, that emanate from the analysis by the Tech students. By the end of the year, the students expect to finalize a number of conclusions and recommendations.

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