City of Atlanta
3.6 sqmi
Design Team
The Downtown Atlanta Master Plan is comprehensive, addressing a range of topics that will help the Downtown community, led by the City of Atlanta in collaboration with Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and their many partners, navigate and advocate for land use changes and transportation improvements, investments in open space and the public realm, and a range of policies and programs that together will unlock Downtown's real estate and economic development potential in support of a more vibrant, livable, and equitable Downtown for all to enjoy. Through participatory public engagement events, Stoss led the team in designing a framework for restoring the forest in the center of the city to improve air and water quality, create shade, and add beauty downtown

Building the urban forest through a combination of strategies that amplify current under-performing open spaces, integrate green infrastructure and storm-water management into streets and parks, create places to play and provide a sense of continuity of open space that welcomes people to a downtown that is as green and lush as it is active and economically thriving can play a vital role in re-making Downtown. Smaller underused concrete plazas and MARTA stations become vibrant and fun backyards for new residents and serve destinations for visitors while their larger counterparts become destinations for visitors to enjoy sports or large city-wide events. Blank swaths of land along and between highways as well as one-way lanes of traffic that go un-used will be re-inhabited with vegetation to handle local and regional stormwater and ultimately contribute to the holistic vision of Downtown Atlanta as the 'City in the Forest.'

The approach of multiple small strategies repeated and adapted to local conditions in numerous locations is combined with a larger green network through downtown that provides safe circulation and connects to Atlanta's iconic BeltLine and adjacent forested neighborhoods. Gateways into downtown from surrounding areas re-appropriate unwelcoming intersections with vegetated and illuminated overpasses, green street connectors, bridge overlooks, and a multi-use bridge that serves as a grand entrance into Downtown that demonstrates the city's commitment to new innovative public space strategies, technology, and sustainability.