Pedestrian advocacy nonprofit PEDS presented the 16th annual Golden Shoe Awards on Jan. 23 to honor walk-friendly people and places. This year’s event took place at 5 Church restaurant at Colony Square.

The winners of the 2018 Golden Shoe Awards:

Walk-friendly Education: Good Urbanism 101: Ten Lessons for Designing Cities
A  joint project of the Georgia Conservancy and Professor Richard Dagenhart of the Georgia Tech College of Design, classes have been provided to more than 1,700 people throughout Georgia during the past seven years. Topics include street design, land use and architecture.

Walk-friendly Advocacy: Marian Liou
Liou, the Founder and Executive Director of We Love BuHi,  has helped complete the Buford Highway Master Plan, and developed numerous events that celebrate diversity, introduce new people to the community and encourage exploration.

Walk-friendly Journalism: Darin Givens
Givens is co-founder of ThreadAtl and writes about urban issues, including land use, affordable housing, and transportation.

Walk-friendly Redevelopment: Walgreens
The award was given to the drug store on Peachtree Street in the heart of Downtown for its restoration of the historic Olympia Building. The new Walgreens creates a sense of place and is a walk-friendly destination that serves downtown residents.

Walk-friendly Suburban Retrofit: City of Sandy Springs
The city received the award for developing the Next 10 Comprehensive Plan, the new Development Code, and the City Springs mixed-use development project. Together the Next 10 Plan and Development Code are resulting in an urban street grid, high density development, and a true city center and sense of place.

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