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Atlanta Starts Planning For Big Population Boom

By 2050, the city of Atlanta’s population could triple to more than 1 million residents.
By 2050, the city of Atlanta’s population could triple to more than 1 million residents.
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By 2050, the city of Atlanta’s population could triple to more than 1 million residents. City leaders are already planning for what could be a rapid expansion. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, government officials are using the Atlanta City Design Project they say to make sure future intown residents are diverse racially, economically and by age.

“The City Design Project is going to be much more specific than a general plan,” said Tim Keane, the city’s planning and community development commissioner.

In fact, it’s going to look at specific challenges, such as how the city can better connect the very neighborhoods that make it unique. Keane cited the BeltLine, Underground Atlanta and the Turner Field redevelopment as three pivotal projects.

“The point of the City Design Project is we can control the conversation about the city’s growth rather than be reacting to it,” Keane said.

Atlanta has consulted with University of Arizona demographer Chris Nelson, who said 15 percent of the metro region’s projected 8 million people should live in the city by 2050.

Douglas Sams covers commercial real estate for Atlanta Business Chronicle. Amy Wenk covers hospitality, retail and restaurants for Atlanta Business Chronicle.