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When it comes to greenspace and walkability, a speaker with the Urban Land Institute of Washington D.C. recently said Sandy Springs' proposed City Center could "set a new standard" for communities in the northern reaches of Atlanta. The mixed-use downtown model is further evidence of cities "tearing up the parking lot and putting up paradise," sustainable development expert Ed McMahon said. When City Center plans emerged, 27 percent of the area was surface parking. [Reporter Newspapers]