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Saturday, Mar 02, 2002

zoned in

"Atlanta is at the forefront of a widespread movement to update zoning codes. The theories that propelled some of the codes stem from before the Eisenhower administration, at a time when the advent of the car became the single most important factor influencing land-use policy.

"The postwar planning initiatives had a real blossoming of the notion of separation of land uses and were responding to the car, which was the new thing that everyone was really excited by," Dobbins said.

"The tried and true, centuries-old sets of relations between people and their buildings were ignored," Dobbins said. "Zoning ordinances actually encouraged and induced this phenomenum of a building sitting in a sea of asphalt, accessible by car."

Times have changed."