The City of Atlanta’s has launched the new Bigbelly recycling program, which will transform a core city service by embracing smart technology for waste and recycling collections. The new program places smart, double-station waste and recycling bins in 160 locations in Downtown Atlanta, the Westside and Little Five Points. Bigbelly units are solar-powered and compact waste to hold five times as much waste as a traditional trash bin. Through smart sensors, the units communicate to a centralized dashboard to alert crews when stations are ready for waste and recycling collection. The City of Atlanta plans to expand the Bigbelly program to more neighborhoods over the next year.

A rendering of The Mark.

The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) recently saw a follow-up presentation for a student housing project proposed by CityLife Development Partners and Landmark Development. The Mark at Atlanta was presented previously in October and the committee requested more information related to the retail layout on 10th Street and the vehicular access and loading on Peachtree Place. They also recommended that the developer meet with residents of the adjacent condo tower, Aqua, to discuss concerns related to access and quality of life issues such as noise and site lines into the parking structure. The DRC was not supportive of a variation to allow a curb cut on 10th Street due to the negative impact it would have on traffic flow along this corridor and the potential for traffic and pedestrian conflicts given its proximity to an existing curb cut on the adjacent property. Read more about the project at Midtown Atlanta.

MARTA will feature live music from local musicians at eight rail stations through the end of 2017.  The music represents different genres and will be performed live, daily from 4 to 7 p.m. at Five Points, Hamilton E. Holmes, Kensington, Lindbergh, North Springs, and West End Stations and on Falcons game days and New Year’s Eve at Dome and Peachtree Center Stations.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.