|TSW, in partnership with illustrator Addison Young, has been working to support the efforts of the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) in revitalizing and promoting economic growth along Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue. Our proposal for the area included a streetscape improvement program, which aims to create a dignified and welcoming gateway to Auburn Avenue from Courtland Avenue. The goal of this gateway is to encourage visitors to explore the area on foot, and it will be visible from Woodruff Park, serving as an inviting entry point to the neighborhood.
In addition to the proposed gateway, we also suggested the incorporation of small pocket parks and outdoor dining areas at key locations along Auburn Avenue. We believe that these elements will enhance the vibrancy of the area and reflect Auburn Avenue’s significance as Atlanta’s African-American business and entertainment center. Furthermore, we proposed the adaptive re-use of historic buildings in the district as a way to preserve its rich history while also promoting economic development.
Thanks to the design assistance provided by TSW and Addison Young, HDDC was able to secure funding for the streetscape improvements. The project is currently underway and is expected to bring new life to the area, preserving its rich history while also promoting economic development. The streetscape improvements will create a dignified and welcoming gateway, inviting visitors to explore the area on foot, and the incorporation of small pocket parks and outdoor dining areas will enhance the vibrancy of the area. The adaptive re-use of historic buildings will also preserve the district’s rich history while promoting economic development.