(August 31, 2012) Student crafting vision for Northside Drive

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Georgia Tech professor Michael Dobbins describes Atlanta’s Northside Drive corridor as “ragtag.”

But the area stretching from Interstate 75 to I-20 along the city’s west side has enough potential that Dobbins has 17 of his civil engineering and urban planning students trying to figure out this semester how to transform it into a “grand boulevard.”

“Northside Drive is a very important corridor that has been treated like an orphan,” said Dobbins, who teaches at Tech’s College of Architecture. “It really should be a signature street.”

This won’t be the first time Georgia Tech students have brought their lessons to bear on development issues facing Atlanta. It was a Georgia Tech graduate student who in 1999 hatched the idea of the Beltline, a proposed 22-mile ring of parks, paths and transit around the city.

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