Created as a way to improve air quality, ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a grant program that incentivizes local jurisdictions to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places that increase mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide easy access to jobs and services.
Since 2000, the LCI program has invested $184 million in 112 communities throughout the Atlanta region, helping pay for planning studies and the construction of transportation projects, such as sidewalks and intersection improvements. The ARC board has allocated $314 million over the next 15 years for transportation projects resulting from completed LCI studies.
The LCI program is paying dividends. Since the program began in 2000, vehicle miles traveled per capita each day has dropped 13 percent, helping clean the region’s air. And the LCI program is also helping communities reimagine their public spaces. Public parks have been established in more than half of LCI areas, while public art has been installed in one-third of LCI areas.