Atlanta Urbanist Book Group

A Better Atlanta, One Book at a Time

Our mission at the Atlanta Urbanist Book Group is to introduce new ideas to Urban Atlanta by reading recent books about cities, identifying the ideas we think would work in Atlanta, and offering civic leaders a guide to these ideas.

We define “urbanism” broadly. We are reading books about transportation, land use, housing, public safety, government reform, neighborhoods, social infrastructure, education, economic development, regionalism, diversity, politics, arts and culture, volunteerism, and more. 

Our aim isn’t to review books but to show how their ideas apply to Atlanta today and suggest ways of moving from good ideas to good actions. 

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Next Book: The Big Dig

Aug 7, 2024

We will discuss “The Big Dig,” a documentary podcast about one of the most ambitious—and vexed—public works projects in American history, the building of two tunnels and a bridge in Boston. This massive project transformed downtown Boston and solved many access problems, but at a huge cost in money and reputation. The documentary has suggestions about improving such “megaprojects.”

GBH, Boston’s public broadcasting system, produced this nine-part series. Ian Cross is its host.

We will look for lessons about how major public works projects could be managed in Urban Atlanta.