How do we achieve this?
By combining our talents in design, management, marketing, and web development, The Pillyr Foundation will deliver its own community projects while creating impactful web tools to facilitate other creators as they strive to realize their own good urbanism projects in the Greater Atlanta area.
Operation Pit Stop, our debut tactical urbanism project
Delivered for Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside in June 2017. It is a 50ft long series of customized wood pallets that formed a continuous deck in the middle of Marietta St NW. The project introduced the public to our Pillyr Bike Bar (served by King of Pops), provided visitors with a temporary crosswalk, plenty of temporary seating, live spoken word/music performances, bike repair/storage amenities, and a collection of plants that gave the build some natural vibrancy.
According to forecasts from the Atlanta Regional Commission, the entire 20-county Atlanta region is predicted to grow by 2.5 million people over the next 20-30 years. Commuting by car should not be seen as the default choice for Atlantans. It is in the city’s best interests to support alternative mobility that encourages cycling and usage of public transit services. Our role is to provide small “amenities” to these networks that will improve the experience and safety for all users.
With the city looking to improve food security, its 2020 goal to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75 percent of all residents is critical. We also recognize the value of applying horticulture to create garden walls that add beauty to our city. Beyond community gardens, urban farms, and farmers markets, we propose adding vertical wall gardens to the mix for development across Atlanta's neighborhoods.
We love small moments that create a sense of “place”. These include benches, sheltered bus stops, public outdoor pavilions, parks, plazas, Streets Alive and other tactical urbanism projects. We exist to help Atlanta become a more vibrant, walkable city and counter car centric attitudes that plague many American communities.
Very few things do a better job to create a sense of identity and culture than public art. The local artist community is perpetually searching for opportunities and funding to get their art in public spaces. With recent concerns that federal funding for the arts may be abandoned, it is vital that supporters champion artistic expression. We can mobilize residents to fund local projects that deserve a place in their neighborhoods.