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Art On The Atlanta Beltline 2017 Open Call for Artists

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. seeks to bring new artistic experiences to trail and park users

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has published an open call seeking artists for the 2017 exhibition. Over the past eight years, the linear gallery space surrounding the Atlanta BeltLine has grown in scope to become the largest temporary outdoor art exhibition in the south. In 2016, nearly 150 visual and performing art installations graced the Eastside Trail, Atlanta BeltLine parks, and the interim hiking trails near Piedmont Park and through Reynoldstown. Last year, more than 1.7 million people visited the Eastside Trail, a two-mile multi-use trail lined with art installations.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Major Funding Commitments to Proctor Creek Watershed

Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the City of Atlanta will allocate $3 million in TSPLOST revenue this year to build the first segment of the Proctor Creek Greenway. The Proctor Creek Greenway will be a seven-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail spanning from Maddox Park to the Chattahoochee River.  “Today’s financial commitment is yet another example of our dedication to revitalize the communities close to Proctor Creek and the future greenway,” said Mayor Reed. “My Administration is committed to enhancing quality of life by creating and expanding greenspace which will allow all City of Atlanta residents to be in walking distance of a park. The mobilization of this natural asset will get us closer to this goal and serve as a catalyst for growth and economic opportunity for years to come.”

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Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission Recognized Nationally for Making the City of Atlanta Cleaner and Greener

The City of Atlanta announced that the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission, a division of the Department of Public Works and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, received the President’s Circle Award at the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes certified Keep America Beautiful affiliates committed to ending littering, improving recycling and beautifying their local community. In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission met Keep America Beautiful’ s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, an index which visually assesses overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage. In addition, the Commission conducted a cost/benefit analysis which measured the organization’s ability to leverage community resources to beautify Atlanta. The Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission also formed a coalition of community organization committed to the mission, conducted community cleanups and hosted scrap tire drives.

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Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Planning and Community Development Launch Comprehensive Transportation Planning Initiative

The Department of Planning and Community Development announced that it will launch a comprehensive transportation planning initiative. The initiative will update the city’s existing Comprehensive Transportation Plan, serve as a critical element of the Atlanta City Design Project, reframe transportation policies and identify recommendations for future transportation investment. The Comprehensive Transportation Plan kickoff community meeting took place on Thursday, February 16 at Atlanta City Hall. At the meeting, Mayor Reed and Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane will invite residents to provide ideas.

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Atlanta to allocate $4.5 million to improve Proctor Creek, build trails

This beaver dam across Proctor Creek, at a site downstream of the bridge at James Jackson Parkway, exemplifies the type of habitat to be restored File/Credit: Alan Cressler via FlickrThe City of Atlanta will allocate $3 million of a $4.5 million Proctor Creek fund to build a seven-mile bicycle and pedestrian and bicycle trail, according to an announcement by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, the city’s chief resilience officer at a Climate & Health meeting being held at the Carter Center Thursday, said the additional $1.5 million will be invested in a study to improve water quality in the Proctor Creek Corridor.

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Climate & Health meeting takes place at Carter Center after canceled by the CDC

Vice President Al Gore and Laura Turner Seydel speak at the end of the Climate & Health meeting (Photo by Maria Saporta)Nearly 350 people attended the Climate & Health Meeting at the Carter Center – led by former Vice President Al Gore – to learn of the public health impacts of climate change.

Originally, the meeting was supposed to have been a three-day session held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the CDC canceled the event on the eve of Donald Trump being inaugurated into office, likely for pre-emptive political reasons.

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