History of GPA Video

During 2008 the Georgia Chapter of APA and Atlanta Regional Commission interviewed key persons who could outline events, stories and the planning history that shaped metro Atlanta and Georgia. The interviews and video were partially funded by the American Planning Association (APA).

Georgia history and in particular decisions that led to Georgia’s and metro Atlanta’s current infrastructure, patterns of growth and economic progress can offer important insights to current state and community leaders. Many persons who were influential or present during key historical growth and planning events in Georgia were selected for this project.  Key topics for the interviews included:

  1. Decline and rebirth of City of Atlanta and other cities
  2. Atlanta Regional Plans and Metropolitan River Protection Act (MRPA)
  3. Georgia Planning and Zoning laws and legislation.
  4. Growth Strategies Commission and Georgia Planning Act
  5. Key infrastructure development – MARTA, Hartsfield airport, Buford Dam, I-285, Downtown Connector.
  6. Key local government planning and zoning decisions
  7. Creation of the Georgia Chapter of APA and merging national organizations to become APA.
  8. Impact of race and Civil Rights movement in growth and planning

Person interviewed for the history include:

  • Paul Kelman
  • Jerry Griffin
  • William Allison
  • Harry West
  • David Kirk
  • Inga Kennedy
  • Leon Eplan
  • Tom Roberts
  • Tom Weyandt
  • Chick Krautler

The video project was assisted by Tim Crimmins of Georgia State University, who provided funds to transcribe the videos. Lance Lipman also served as the videographer and professional editor for the project.