Continuous Improvement: North Fulton County CIDs focus on residents’ quality of life
This article was published by Georgia Trend Magazine on February 29, 2020.
Putting in a sidewalk. Replacing lampposts. Planting new flowers. All small things that community improvement districts (CIDs) do as a matter of course. And they’re all important – they do a lot to affect the daily quality of life in their areas – but that’s not all CIDs do.
Extending a currently dead-end road in the middle of Midtown so it connects with a major artery. Partnering with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to upgrade (so extensively that’s it’s practically like a rebuild) one of the most heavily trafficked metro intersections at I-285 and Ga. 400. Building a park on top of a highway in the heart of Atlanta’s retail district. Those are just some of the projects that the CIDs in North Fulton County are working on.
A CID is composed of commercial and industrial property owners who agree to tax themselves to pay for improvements within a defined area that help drive local economic development. The projects benefit property owners and also people who work in the area. And in the case of the North Fulton CIDs – which include the Perimeter CIDs, Midtown Improvement District, Upper Westside CID, Buckhead CID and North Fulton CID – they increasingly benefit the growing number of people who live there.
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