“The reason our cities are the places you want to live is because of design standards,” Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist said opposing the bill. He said aesthetics are part of what make a city interesting and attractive to new residents.
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It’s 2018, and the massive amounts of large-scale developments in Atlanta astound both long-time residents as well as newcomers.
The current pace of development rivals any of the other construction booms that Atlanta has had at any time in the modern era.
The danger is that we are replicating the suburban aesthetic and cultural environment of decades past by focusing on parking, car-oriented retail and a suburban design ethos with little regard for how these design choices work within the city.
Atlanta has never been bashful about allowing old buildings to be razed and replaced by new ones, sometimes with little consideration of the aesthetics of the new structure. That era is over, at least for the moment, and the outcome of Atlanta’s new emphasis on beauty is to be built along Peachtree Street in Midtown.
As Downtown Atlanta continues its gradual expansion westward, beyond the new Falcons stadium, an iconic skyscraper near the CNN Center is being renamed and is to undergo its first renovation in 18 years.