Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative Study


Client: City of Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Completed in 2013


  • Framework for guiding film industry growth at the historic Lakewood Fairgrounds and redevelopment in surrounding neighborhood nodes
  • Extensive public participation process that include a kick-off meeting, open house, business forum, and stakeholder interviews


The Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) was a joint effort by the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta to prepare a community-based, economic development-focused plan for the area in and around the Lakewood Fairgrounds. The plan builds on film industry growth and other area assets to develop an implementation- oriented plan to transform the area into an economically thriving, historic community that provides economic opportunity and high quality of life.Specific recommendations to achieve this include economic development strategies for small and large businesses, identification of catalytic development sites, transportation and access improvements, sustainability best practices and more. Recommendations are divided into short-, medium- and long-term time horizons, and include projects that can be implemented by a variety of area stakeholders. Working closely with the City, Invest Atlanta, and local neighborhoods, TSW managed the LCI planning process to ensure a realistic and implementable plan.