(Updated) Atlanta's aging population to be discussed on Wednesday
The Atlanta Regional Commission is keeping mum about exactly what'll be said, but representatives from Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company — as in Andres Duany, the man whose name is most often connected to any discussions about New Urbanism — are scheduled to address the planning organization on Wednesday at 1 p.m. about "aging."
UPDATE: Just spoke with someone at the Atlanta Regional Commission who says that neither Andres Duany nor any of his representatives will be in attendance tomorrow. At the moment, any kind of project with the famed New Urbanist is merely in the brainstorming phase. Something may happen, something may not happen. But the chair of the commission's Aging department will brief the board on the discussions. Sorry if we got any of the wonks out there excited. That being said, everything that follows below remains as is.
A hunch tells me it's about how Atlanta may not be prepared to handle the large demographic shift and emergence of over-60 residents in the coming decades. According to the ARC, one out of every five metro Atlanta residents will be over the age of 60 by the year 2030.
The event is open to the public and will be held at the ARC's offices downtown on Courtland Street at 1 p.m. If you enjoy hearing about administrative minutiae, you'll love these meetings. And I mean that in a good way.
Speaking as someone who's attended a lot of planning sessions and public workshops, senior citizens want to play a part in Atlanta's next phase. They want walkable streets, sufficient transit and easy access to health care and amenities. They deserve these things as well, as do we all. I'll attend and will report when it's over.