Built Environment Analysis Brainstorming


  • Little Five Points (Built Environment Description)
  • Inside MARTA train car (Everyday personal experience)
  • Woodruff Park (studied for a class last semester)


  • Inadequate access to public transportation for people without cars in car dominated areas (In more suburban areas people without cars have a lot of trouble reaching a grocery store)
  • History of the suburbs why people moved there (to keep themselves segregated from other races) (why they don’t want public transportation and have declined having it implemented and have poor public transportation today)
  • Few options for fixing the congestion issues on highways used by daily commuters during rush hour (HOT lanes are one of the few practical solutions available to change the highway to suit the needs of the increased number of people using it)
  • Atlanta BeltLine designed to give much greater access to people in high-income areas than people in low-income areas, although low-income people without cars could benefit much more from access than rich people who also own a car (no BeltLine access to a grocery store in lowest income area on the loop and much lower percentages of population in low income areas will have easy walking access)
  • Income inequality and low economic mobility are perpetuated by car-domination, class/race segregation into areas, and gentrification (growing up in a better vs worse area actually significantly impacts the chances of being economically successful)
  • Atlanta has highest income inequality ratio of all big cities in the united states (even greater than san francisco something they have in common is car-domination)
  • Little Five Points has people from every age/class/race/style/etc but despite the appearance not everyone is really included or wanted (gentrification and park benches deter homeless space is catered towards visitors and not people who live in the area same with public transportation)

Rough thesis: Microcosm’s of Atlanta, such as Little Five Points, illustrate the issue of income inequality. Atlanta has the highest income inequality ratio of any large city in the United States which is caused by a history of racial discrimination, white flight to the suburbs, car dominated transportation networks, and segregation by race and class. The same factors that have caused severe income inequality in Atlanta are continuing today and perpetuating the problem of income inequality.

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