Create a Website Account - Manage notification subscriptions, save form progress and more.
The original item was published from November 5, 2020 3:37 PM to November 5, 2020 3:46 PM
The Highway 78 Corridor is a timeline. The imprint of changes in community development trends for the last 200 years have been stamped along the corridor. Many tangible reminders of that history are embodied in the physical infrastructure and built environment that we largely take for granted today. But these changes have created the framework of our modern moment. And before we advance to the next phase in corridor development, we may benefit by looking at what has gotten us to this place.
The milestones in this timeline are categorized into six drivers of change.
After around 1990, new development and redevelopment slowed along Highway 78. The footprint of development reflects the height of first generation suburban development. To contrast with later trends, the advantages to this area include human-scaled, pedestrian-oriented development in proximity to a modified street grid. Smaller residential houses typical of their era lend themselves to more affordable housing, and shopping, schools and civic institutions are in close proximity to residential areas. However, if not understood in its proper context, some may see disadvantages from these very same elements. Traffic patterns may move at a more mid-century pace. People may expect residential and commercial buildings to have larger square footage and excess parking more typical of late 20th century land development patterns. The balance of these trends will determine the future of this area.
“Douglas County Georgia from Indian Trail to Interstate 20” by Fannie Mae Davis (1997) was a valuable resource for providing this information, and it is available for purchase at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art.