Urban Evolution: The Past, Present, and Future of Summerhill

  • May 4, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 40 Georgia Ave SE

    40 Georgia Avenue Southeast
    Atlanta, Georgia 30312
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This Jane’s Walk, taking place in Summerhill, focuses on themes of advocacy, history, and culture.

Join Darin Givens — the writer behind ATL Urbanist — for a walk focused on Atlanta's first Bus Rapid Transit line, which is being built in an area south of Downtown that has experienced huge changes over the last 100 years. 

Once, it was a leafy, walkable neighborhood centered on Washington Street, but it was entirely razed in the 1960s to make way for the interstates (20, 75, 85) and the Atlanta Fulton Stadium.

Today, the street now known as Capitol Avenue/Hank Aaron Drive is not only host to an exciting new BRT line — it's the center of an amazing amount of development, as a new neighborhood emerges where an old one was lost. Plus it's a neighborhood that will be served by a type of transit that's well known in cities across the world, but is new to Atlanta!


The Details

  • Distance of Walk: 1.5 miles
  • Getting There: We’ll meet in the parking lot across from Hot Dog Pete’s. If you are driving, paid parking is available in this lot. If you are taking MARTA, head to the West End Station, then transfer to the 832 bus towards Woodland Avenue. Get off at Ralph D Abernathy Blvd & Hank Aaron Dr and walk 400 feet to 40 Georgia Ave SE.
  • Accessibility: This walk is covers paved terrain and is wheelchair accessible.
  • What to wear and bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and protection from the sun. Consider bringing a bottle of water!


About Jane's Walk

Jane’s Walk is an annual global festival honoring the legacy of urbanist, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs with free, citizen-led walking tours through the neighborhoods that lend so much character to our cities.

The festival promotes civic engagement and encourages leaders and participants to share stories about their communities and use walking as a means of connecting with their neighbors.


About the Leader of This Walk

Darin Givens is a former journalist and freelance writer who posts about urbanism in Atlanta. He's the co-founder of an advocacy organization called ThreadATL.

Creative Loafing named Darin the Best Blogger in Atlanta in 2015 for ATL Urbanist, and he was included in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta for 2013 for blogging.

PEDS, the non-profit for pedestrian advocacy in the Atlanta region, gave him a Golden Shoe Award in 2018 for “walk-friendly journalism.”


Cancellation Policy

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

If you need to cancel your plans for any reason, we kindly request that you notify us 48 hours prior to the event start.

By doing so, we can release your seat to another individual interested in joining us for this Jane’s Walk!


Any Questions?

Email Mary, MODA's Programs Manager, at maryk@museumofdesign.org.

Date & Time

Sat, May 4, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Venue Details

40 Georgia Ave SE

40 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30312 40 Georgia Ave SE
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