5. Work hand-in-hand with the City of Atlanta and downtown civic groups (such as Central Atlanta Progress) to incorporate the university’s streetscape standards within the district and to influence mutually advantageous transportation programs.
- • As evidenced by the two streetscape projects currently underway, the university is pursuing this strategy. These efforts leverage federal dollars and have been orchestrated in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the City of Atlanta.
- • The Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue streetscapes project designs may be reflected in guidelines the university can formulate and follow in future streetscape projects based on the street hierarchy described in Section V. These guidelines should be adopted by the City of Atlanta as standards for street design in the campus district.
- • The Master Plan outlines two street redesign projects on Gilmer Street, one abutting Hurt Park and one in the next block abutting the Student Center and Alumni Hall. These projects are too small to benefit from the delays inherent in federal transportation enhancement funding, although LCI funding might be an option. A strategy to advance these projects would be to initiate them with university funds while quality of life funds from the City of Atlanta or funds from similar resources were sought.
- • The Courtland Street bridge is scheduled for reconstruction in 2008. The university has engaged the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation in discussing a design promoting pedestrian circulation for a positive effect on the coherence of on-campus public spaces.