How Fairburn is Rethinking its Public Spaces to Build Community and Boost Economy
By Junior Knox
On a recent summer day in Fairburn, the sound of freight trains rumbling by echoes through an empty plaza sandwiched between storefronts on the city’s main drag.
Things may be a bit quiet now, but Fairburn’s Planning Director, Tarika Peeks, hopes to see the downtown area come to life around a vibrant arts and culture scene. A narrow alleyway could come alive as a new place to gather and see art. A crumbling underpass could be transformed into a city centerpiece with music and colorful murals. And the city’s courtyard could activate the downtown as a staging area for music, shows, and more.
It’s all part of the south Fulton city’s Creative Placemaking Plan, which is now moving from study phase to implementation, thanks to support from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Community Development Assistance Program, or CDAP for short.
Read on to learn more about the plan, and to learn a little more about what creative placemaking’s all about.