25 episodes

What’s Next ATL is the podcast about the big issues facing all of us in metro Atlanta (and around the country), and stories of the people taking them on. Powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

What’s Next ATL is the podcast about the big issues facing all of us in metro Atlanta (and around the country), and stories of the people taking them on. Powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

    The Work-from-Home Revolution

    The Work-from-Home Revolution

    The pandemic has changed a lot — including, for many of us, work. In this episode, how we got here and how the telework revolution is impacting everything from how we work, to what our workplaces look like, to our attitudes about how we spend those 40+ hours.

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    • 18 min
    COVID & evictions: Can we avoid a crisis?

    COVID & evictions: Can we avoid a crisis?

    In this episode: the story of someone who’s done everything she was supposed to and is still facing eviction. It’s the kind of story that’s becoming alarmingly common in our region — and experts say it’s likely about to get much worse following the end of a national moratorium on evictions in August. Today, we hear about this crisis’s likely dramatic ripple effects, and what can be done. 

    • 17 min
    Our River, Reimagined

    Our River, Reimagined

    How could 125 miles of trail along the Chattahoochee River transform our relationship with Atlanta’s natural landscape and while really and truly serving the underinvested communities in its path? This ep, we discuss the Chattahoochee Riverlands project with Kate Orff and Na'Taki Osbourne Jelks. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast. 

    • 18 min
    What if Peachtree Were More Than a Street?

    What if Peachtree Were More Than a Street?

    We spend a morning at the Peachtree Street Demonstration Project, which is testing how a three-block span of shared space for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists works for all those groups. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

    • 9 min
    How We Talk About Affordable Housing with Dr. Tiffany Manuel

    How We Talk About Affordable Housing with Dr. Tiffany Manuel

    The language we use to talk about a topic influences how we think about it. And with an entrenched issue like housing affordability, it also impacts the solutions we imagine are possible. This episode, we talk with Dr. Tiffany Manuel, an expert in social justice movements and the narratives around them — about how the narratives and language we use around housing affordability may be hindering our progress — and how we can do better. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

    • 15 min
    How to Be an “Old Person in Training” with Ashton Applewhite

    How to Be an “Old Person in Training” with Ashton Applewhite

    How do we build communities that work for people of all ages when many of us don’t want to think about aging at all — especially not our own? This episode, we talk with Ashton Applewhite, TED Talk speaker and author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Jennie Lynn ,

Highlights the real opportunities, issues, and conversations Atlanta is experiencing as a region

What’s Next ATL brings the conversations that are happening right now in our Atlanta Metro straight to residents who wish they had more time to spend on regional stories, planning, design, and growth...but don’t know where to start. Kate Sweeney will guide you! I’ve recommended this podcast to at least a dozen friends. I think everyone who lives in/near or is interested in Atlanta should tune in.

AppLib ,

Great big-picture perspective!!

Thanks for putting together this series that helps me feel less silo-ed in this big city I live in!

AlisonLHarney ,

Terrific

Wonderful! Kate Sweeney is at it again!

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