Atlantic Station is a vibrant mixed use community surrounded by Midtown, Atlanta's main interstate highway connector and Georgia Institute of Technology. tvsdesign planners tightly knitted the project into the urban fabric beyond Atlantic Station, connecting the neighborhoods with bridges on east and west borders, including new links to serve the arts center transit station. Three districts create a comfortable sense of community and maximize development potential. The "Commons" is the central residential neighborhood. "Tech Village" offers high-tech office space blended with residential and retail uses. And "The District" is a high-energy employment, residential and entertainment cluster designed to encourage economic and cultural vitality. The Environmental Protection Agency designated the rehabilitation and master planning of Atlantic Station "Project XL," a national "smart growth" model, in 1999.