From South-West to North-East:
- The Metropolitan Shopping Center
- The Center Parc Credit Union Stadium
- The Mercedes Benz Stadium
- The Georgia World Congress Center
- The QTS Datacenter (Bâtiment le plus chaud de l’agglomération)
- Atlantic Center Mall
Atlanta grew up in the middle of the forest, but without completely destroying it. It has mastered the development of industrial and commercial zones by concentrating them on major arteries giving an organic aspect to urbanization. Metro lines and intra-urban highways follow these major arteries. One can imagine, however, a certain drawback which is the dependence on the automobile dear to Americans and very significant traffic congestion at rush hour on these major arteries.
Through this short analysis of the urban structure of these two twinned cities, we observe two very distinct modes of evolution.
The first, Toulouse, is a very classic example of European cities with a very condensed urban center, residential areas planted with greenery of gardens that are not very extensive and available to the wealthiest populations. Indeed, the superposition of the freshness points with the INSEE data of the highest average incomes is very telling. Industrial and commercial areas, on the other hand, are highly concentrated outside the city center.
On the contrary, the city of Atlanta has developed around arteries with a spread of populations and therefore residential areas throughout the territory, this is what has been called the development of suburban downtowns which are new urban nodes.
Highly vegetated residential areas are spread around these urban nodes. Seen from space, it is clear that the city of Atlanta seems to have a biomimetic urbanization with a reticular type organization while the city of Toulouse has a massive and asymmetrical development, with a poor distribution of pleasant places to live.
Further studies would be necessary to list the possible actions for each city to improve its resilience. Atlanta seems despite everything to be marking time in its structure, it remains to guarantee that the populations can work, eat and be entertained in the suburbs closest to their homes, thus limiting the use of the car and the inter- knots at the bare minimum.