Vision

new experiences

Over the last 3 years, collaborative Aerotropolis plans have taken off, attracting new development and redevelopment in the Atlanta airport area. What if we integrated the Flint into that vision? What if this area was defined not only by the airport, but also by its natural assets?

Finding the Flint illustrates what that could look like on several sites where the river and Aerotropolis come together. The goal is to create new experiences at the water's edge, reveal these hidden headwaters, and to connect communities as we restore the river. The headwaters can provide the centerpiece for public spaces and connected trails. Meanwhile, green infrastructure can address flooding while protecting Atlanta’s most valuable infrastructure investment, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

With these initial concepts, we started a conversation with local stakeholders about what's possible in several key areas...

 
 

HEADWATERS DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES

Finding the Flint is a big vision for a healthier river and better quality of life in the airport area, comprised of project concepts that meaningfully incorporate the urban headwaters into the plans and identity of the Aerotropolis. During our first three meetings, the Finding the Flint Working Group defined our vision for the area in these terms:

 
 
 Improve the health of the river.

Improve the health of the river.

 Provide solutions to the airport.

Provide solutions to the airport.

 Connect people to the river.

Connect people to the river.

 Benefit the community equitably.

Benefit the community equitably.

 Add beauty and soul to any development

Add beauty and soul to any development

 Inspire the next generation of river advocates.

Inspire the next generation of river advocates.