PLACES: By the People: Designing A Better America

New CDC Museum Exhibit Points Way to Healthier Communities

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 19, 2018
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


The place-focused By the People: Designing A Better Americaexternal icon exhibition shows how urban, suburban, and rural design is addressing social, health, economic, and environmental challenges faced by communities in the United States.

The exhibition invites visitors to explore over 50 collaborative designs from across the nation that motivate people to revitalize their communities and improve opportunities.

The places in which people live, learn, work, and play have strong and lasting health effects. The exhibition suggests ways in which homes, schools, public spaces, and work sites can be transformed to support wellbeing and make healthy choices easy and affordable.

The exhibition features design approaches to create more vibrant communities, including:

  • The Beltline Atlanta Concept, a grassroots effort to save and transform four existing rail lines into a 22-mile green loop to connect 40 diverse neighborhoods with light rail, street cars, walking trails, bike paths, and parks.
  • A mobile market that brings fresh produce to a “food desert” in Chicago to reduce diet-related health risks.

Healthy and safe community environments are those with clean air and water, affordable and secure housing, and sustainable and economically vital neighborhoods. They include efficient transportation, good schools, violence-free places to be active, access to affordable healthy foods, and streetscapes designed to prevent injury.


October 29, 2018 – April 26, 2019


David J. Sencer CDC Museum
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Special Note
Admission and parking are free, although parking may be limited. Visitors need a valid, U.S. government or state-issued photo ID. Vehicle inspection is required. The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on all federal holidays. For more information, visit the museum website at


Page last reviewed: October 19, 2018