Residents help Atlanta shape its resilience strategy

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Atlanta exemplifies how citizen engagement into local policy making can look like. Image source: Shutterstock (#403687450).

In a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, Atlanta has released a resilience strategy. The city held 40 public events, during which 7,000 residents helped develop the plan that is now being deployed.

Under the headlines of four visions, “Preserve and Celebrate Who We Are,” “Enable All Metro Atlantans to Prosper,” “Build Our Future City Today,” and “Design Our Systems to Reflect Our Values,” Atlanta is examining economic and racial inequalities to improve education and health coverage, and fight poverty as well as teen birth rates.

In the long run, the chances for flooding, heat waves and infrastructure failures are to be reduced as well.


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