How Zoning (Don’t Yawn!) is Helping Atlanta Deal with Population Boom
From granny flats to duplexes, the city of Atlanta may soon see a wider variety of housing options — allowing for more diversity within neighborhoods.
By Kate Sweeney
Have you counted the construction cranes dotting the skyline? Work crews are having a tough time building enough housing to handle Atlanta’s booming population. The city added about 10,000 residents last year, the biggest jump since the recession ended.
And it’s not a one-time challenge. Atlanta is expected to grow significantly in the decades to come. Its response? Some fascinating updates to the zoning codes that will allow more density in ways that mesh with the city’s traditional look and feel.