I remember being up late in my cousin Chris’s open area ranch home living room off Columbia Drive in October of 1996 watching the Atlanta Braves lose the World Series to the New York Yankees despite having a commanding 2-0 lead. My younger brother, my cousin and I were in utter disbelief at what we had just witnessed.
By Guest Columnist MIKE DOBBINS, aprofessor of the practice of planning at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture who has overseen several Tech studios that examined Northside Drive and its neighborhoods
We often view buildings, architecture, as symbols of the times and the cultures in which they are built. The implosion of the Georgia Dome juxtaposed against the Mercedes Benz Stadium call on us to reflect on what they both mean. They have in common the destruction and obliteration of significant African American history and culture.
From the first time I saw the design for the then-unnamed new Falcons stadium in October 2013, I was smitten.
Architect Bill Johnson poetically described how the first-of-its-kind retractable roof would open with eight panels traveling along octagonal tracks to create the opening by saying: “The heavens will open up.”
By Lyle V. Harris In addition to the gleaming new stadium downtown bearing its famous logo, Mercedes-Benz is seeking to impact nearby neighborhoods by funding more than a dozen Atlanta-based non-profit groups that teach young people the power of playing with a purpose.
Once the Georgia Dome is demolished and the site converted to parking for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it will be a 13-acre greenspace named the Home Depot Backyard. The park will be open for everyday access and host special events on game days and throughout the year, civic officials announced Friday.
Atlanta, host of the 2019 Super Bowl, can take heart in a report issued Thursday by Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s predicted that the Super Bowl in Houston will raise tax revenues that are pledged to repay bonds issued to build NRG Stadium.
Renewed efforts by Atlanta’s civic leaders to increase the supply of affordable housing, especially in areas around the Atlanta BeltLine and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, could run into a brick wall established by housing lenders, according to research detailed in a new report by the Federal Reserve.