Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
Sang Pil Lee
Urban sprawl is an issue that many major cities in the United States are experiencing. The population rise in cities has contributed to their rapid growth, increased traffic, pollution, and the reliability on cars. These issues can slowly be tackled by addressing them in areas that are on their way to reaching the height of urban sprawl. An example of such an area is Gwinnett County located northeast of Atlanta. Gwinnett County is on its way to becoming one of Georgia’s most populated counties, according to MARTA Transit System. MARTA did such studies on Gwinnett because in 2018, MARTA along with county officials proposed to merge Gwinnett County Transit with MARTA to make transit more convenient for people who live in or visit Gwinnett. Citizens of Gwinnett voted in the 2019 elections. However, the Connect Gwinnett Transit Plan did not gain enough votes to be placed into action. For this reason, a new multimodal transit hub is the proposed solution to minimize the urban sprawl that is growing in Gwinnett County. This multimodal hub will be placed at the proposed site by MARTA and will plan to connect as an extension to MARTA’s golden rail line. The proposed multimodal hub will focus on catering to the site’s existing conditions and make itself accessible via foot, bikes, scooters, etc. Connection to the rest of the county will be created with the use of focal points, that will be referred to as follies. These follies will have direct connection to the site as they well serve as pathways for pedestrians, bikers, or people on scooters. The follies’ connection pathways will also leave opportunity for future multimodal hubs that could be built in Gwinnett. The hub’s main goal is to give citizens of Gwinnett alternatives to move in and out the city ultimately eliminating the reliance of a car that has been created in cities all over the United States.
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