Complete Streets

ARC has released an application for Fulton County municipalities that are interested in implementing existing plans, policies, or regulations related to complete streets. Successful applicants will receive technical assistance to help them engage residents, gather data on existing pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and assess existing policy. There is no match requirement. Applications are due Friday, June 12.


Livable Centers Initiative Awards

ARC’s Community Development and Aging & Health Resources divisions partnered this year to offer funding to organizations or jurisdictions who would use tactical urbanism to create places that work for all residents regardless of their age or ability. The two successful recipients of the Livable Centers Initiative awards were the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign for its Atlanta Streets Alive event in Atlanta’s Historic West End and the City of Snellville. To learn more about these events please visit and

Live Beyond Expectations

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Age-friendly Atlanta from Atlanta Regional Commission on Vimeo.



Avondale Estates 100-Day Walkability Challenge

In March 2013, renowned walkability expert Dan Burden lead a Walkability Assessment in Avondale Estates, GA.  Community leaders, stakeholders, residents and children came together to understand the importance of walkability and livability for the City. Included in the Avondale Estates Active Living Report below, is a 100-day challenge for improving conditions for pedestrians of all ages and abilities. Click on the image below to read the report (PDF) in full.  

Click to open the Avondale Estates Walkability report and Timeline


Measuring a Community's Lifelong Assets

Click on the image below to read this report on the results of the Lifelong Citizens Assessment Survey in Avondale Estates 



Avondale Estates


Avondale Estates, a city in Dekalb County, Georgia, was founded in 1924.  It is known for its close-knit community, beautiful setting and diverse architectural styles.  In 2012, Avondale Estates passed a resolution affirming its commitment to become a Lifelong Community. With a population close to 3,000, almost one-third of whom are over the age of 65, Avondale Estates recognizes the importance of aging in place. Read the City of Avondale Estates Resolution here (PDF) and take a moment to visit the City of Avondale Estates website.

Community Progress

Program implementation for Lifelong Community work funded by the Community AGEnda, began in January 2013 with the distribution of the Lifelong Communities Citizen Assessment Survey. The response was outstanding, with over 400 surveys returned! Read more about the survey results and community plans here (PDF).

In March, 2013 the City of Avondale Estates hosted a very successful walkability charrette with community members and stakeholders at City Hall. The focus was on raising awareness of issues facing pedestrians in Avondale Estates, and establishing a 100 Day Action Plan to address the issues. Four new crosswalks and ramps have been added along North Clarendon Avenue, North Avondale Road, and East College Avenue as a result of these efforts.

ARC has also hosted health and wellness programs throughout the spring and summer to connect community members with needed services, including the Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).

Stay tuned here for regular updates!

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