Strategic Plans and Feasibility Studies
Established in 1887 as a railroad town, East Point, GA experienced most of its growth between 1920 and 1970. Like many other urban areas, the city suffered through a major period of out-migration to the suburbs and disinvestment during the 1970's and 80's. Recently, this trend has started to reverse, as people see the value of traditional neighborhoods for the convenience and better quality of life. This, along with being in close proximity to the world's busiest airport and to downtown Atlanta, gives East Point the potential for enormous growth.
Recognizing this potential, the City started a master planning process that will determine directions for future growth and revitalization. The goal for this process is to improve the quality of life for its citizens by using traditional town planning principles to help build on its strengths such as the neighborhoods, location (close proximity to downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and access points), history (historic character), accessibility (highways and MARTA), and diverse communities.
The guiding principles in this process include:
- Pedestrian activity promotes community interaction
- Land use, density and aesthetics are controlled through guidelines and regulations
- Architectural and landscaping guidelines lead to beautification
- Environmental impacts are minimized by encouraging pedestrian activity
- "Eyes On The Street" lead to safer neighborhoods
- Locating businesses near residences creates jobs within walking distances
- Owner-occupied housing protects property values and creates stronger neighborhood alliances
- Pedestrian Oriented Neighborhoods (POD) are more affordable for residents
These principles are meant to create sustainable communities - stable and healthy environments that endure over time.
(Excerpts from the MasterTown Plan, 2001