The public will have a chance next week to offer opinions on the long-awaited plan to improve east-west connectivity in Midtown by extending 15th Street from West Peachtree Street to Williams Street. Bike lanes and easy access to MARTA’s Arts Center Station, and other destinations, are cornerstones of the plan.
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.
By Lyle V. Harris
Once an ugly duckling, MARTA is getting a much-needed artistic makeover for its rail stations and other humdrum infrastructure in hopes of becoming more inviting to its customers and the community it serves.
Atlanta plans to rebuild 19 acres at the Civic Center as a mixed-use, mixed income-development. Some folks who came to a city meeting about it are saying they’re looking for walkability, connections to the rest of the city, and preserving the buildings that are on the site.
By Guest Columnist KLAUS VAN DEN BERG, a consultant with CITYperformance
The Atlanta Civic Center, a mega-venue that sports a 4,600-seat auditorium and a separate exhibition hall on a 19-acre site in the Old Fourth Ward, was sold to the Atlanta Housing Authority in late 2017. Former Mayor Kasim Reed, who had already sold significant land parcels to developers, closed the Civic Center deal without requiring the development of a new vision for the site that does justice to its historic significance. The sale itself proceeded mostly outside of public view after the collapse of a deal with a private developer.
Update: The Urban Design Commission, at its Jan. 24 meeting, deferred action on this designation until its meeting on Feb. 14 at the request of the owner. The protections will remain in place during this period.
An Atlanta landmark built to serve the dead will soon get a new lease on life.
The City of Atlanta is seeking to give the H.M. Patterson Funeral Home on Spring Street near 10th Street landmark status – a move that will protect the unique building from being demolished for new development.
Atlanta’s development agency took the first step to selling a piece of prime Midtown Beltline-front property that a developer is eyeing as part of a big mixed-use build. But acknowledging the alarm from some neighbors, Invest Atlanta did impose conditions, including community engagement, for closing the deal.
Atlantans from parts of Lindbergh to Virginia Highlands will get a new City Council member in a November vote. Folks running for the office have a lot to say about transportation. Jennifer Ide and Kirk Rich are both angling to become an Atlanta City Council freshman in this year’s election. Incumbent Alex Wan is running […]
Atlanta and Midtown Alliance are collaborating on an effort to make the northern stretch of Spring Street more inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists. The city issued a request for engineering proposals Monday and Midtown Alliance released it Tuesday.
The American Planning Association on Monday declared Midtown Atlanta as one of five neighborhoods to make the APA’s 2016 list of Great Places in the country.
The City of Atlanta and the Midtown community held a pop-up celebration on this designation on Tuesday at the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree streets.
APA’s Great Places list celebrates places that demonstrate exceptional character, composition, and planning—attributes that foster community ties, spur economic growth, and raise the bar for quality of life. Recognition is given for best practices in community planning, execution, facility design, public safety, infrastructure, cultural identity, innovation and environmental sustainability.
Left-to-right: Joe Bankoff, chairman of the Midtown Alliance; Corey Hull, president of APA (American Planning Association) – Georgia Chapter; Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall; and Midtown Alliance COO Shannon Powell (Photo by Maria Saporta)