In the heart of Midtown, Georgia Tech’s Technology Square teems with talent, companies, and big ideas. Why? The neighborhood has a royal flush of startup incubators and accelerators, coworking spaces, corporate innovation centers, research labs, convenient access to top research university Georgia Tech (and the list goes on)—all within eight square blocks.
In an effort to bring Midtown Alliance members inside the world of Tech Square startups, Midtown Alliance organized “The Startup Story” as the first tour in its Midtown TECHnology Tour event series. Held on May 17, the event offered more than 70 attendees a behind-the-scenes look at some of the personalities, projects, spaces and companies involved in Midtown’s bustling startup scene. Read More »
Posted: June 7, 2017
MARTA’s Arts Center Station is Midtown’s busiest MARTA rail stop, and has become a destination in its own right for the nearly 7,000 people who pass through the station on a daily basis.
To celebrate this station as a gateway into the District, Midtown Alliance partnered last year with MARTA, the High Museum of Art, and local artists to enhance the plaza-turned-“Porch” at Arts Center Station. Through this partnership, Midtown Alliance commissioned site-specific art from international artist and High Museum’s Artist-in Residence Jaime Hayon. Building on The Porch’s success in 2016, a new round of activations is headed for The Porch this summer. Read More »
Posted: June 7, 2017
As spring temperatures rise, so do the number of people out-and-about on the streets of Midtown. If you are looking for a fun way to get around the District, might we suggest taking Relay Bike Share out for a spin? Since its introduction to Midtown in December, more than 1,100 people have taken advantage of Relay’s bright blue bikes.Read More »
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Posted: April 6, 2017
The time has come to say farewell to our beloved Rockspinner. The 22,000 pound boulder was leased to Midtown Alliance by Atlanta Artist Zachary Coffin in 2013, but now it's time to say goodbye. Get in your last spins by April 3rd, as construction for its removal will begin early next week.
But don't worry! We have a new and intriguing art piece coming this summer to the corner of Peachtree Street and 10th Street. Stay tuned for updates.
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Posted: March 30, 2017
Boasting a WalkScore® of 88 (read ”Very Walkable”), Midtown has been consistently named one of the most walkable and accessible neighborhoods in Atlanta. And this makes sense considering the district’s tight, 120-block street grid that serve tens of thousands of pedestrians daily. To further support this accessibility, Midtown has built-out 15 linear miles of new streetscapes in Midtown since 2000. And we continue to make key investments in sidewalks, curb ramps, and crosswalks throughout the district. Read More »
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Posted: February 28, 2017
Councilmember Kwanza Hall presents an achievement award from AIA Atlanta given in his name to Midtown Alliance COO Shannon Powell at a special event on November 17. Credit: Perfect Day Photos
Architectural passion lives in Midtown Atlanta, home to several firms that have designed stunning projects in cities worldwide, not to mention their own backyard. Within a short stretch of Peachtree Street are the Atlanta offices of nearly a dozen firms. And one Midtown Alliance leader has been instrumental throughout her career in creating the conditions for these firms to do great work. Read More »
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Posted: December 1, 2016
Looking for your next good read? Want to donate a few of your favorite books? We've added three colorful Little Free Library boxes, filled with a range of books for your reading pleasure, at The Porch at MARTA's Arts Center Station. Read More »
Posted: September 19, 2016
Atlanta Police Department (APD) Lieutenant Anthony Singh was recognized at the Atlanta Police Foundation’s 13th annual “Crime is Toast” event for his excellent work in the line of duty.
Lt. Singh (pictured here with Mayor Kasim Reed and Chief of Police George Turner) is based out of APD’s Zone 2 and has worked with the Midtown Blue team for 17 years. He was recognized as the “Sworn Supervisor of the Year” within APD, and, notably, this marks the second time in his career that Singh has won this award.
According to remarks shared by the Atlanta Police Foundation from the podium at the event, “Lt. Singh leads by example and demonstrates a superior work ethic on a daily basis.”
"We are grateful for Lt. Singh's longstanding involvement with the Midtown Blue program and his excellent work on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department to keep Midtown residents, workers and visitors safe," said Midtown Alliance Director of Public Safety Chris Leighty.
Learn more about the coordinated effort between Midtown Alliance and APD that has created one of the most complete and successful public safety programs of its kind in the southeast.
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Posted: September 1, 2016
Earlier today Midtown Alliance and Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District celebrated its partnership with the Atlanta Police Department with a donation of 10 Segways to the Zone 5 precinct to help further enhance communication and interaction between officers and the public. Read More »
Posted: August 9, 2016
THANK YOU and WELCOME to our new Midtown Alliance members who have joined us in our commitment to create an exceptional urban experience in Midtown Atlanta. The following businesses joined our organization earlier this month: Read More »
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Posted: July 20, 2016
Midtown Alliance and Georgia Tech charged a team of architecture students to explore the possibilities of sustainable design for a publicly accessible gathering space in Midtown. The outcome? A unique prototype for an “eco living room” at the Midtown MARTA station. Guided by the principles of Midtown Alliance’s community-driven Greenprint plan, their concept serves as a model for sustainable public spaces that contribute to advancing Midtown as an urban, innovative, and resource-efficient EcoDistrict. Read More »
Posted: July 5, 2016
Midtown Alliance has begun sorting and archiving our vast collection of digitized Midtown photos. Based on the amount of scrolling it took to flip through the images on our server, we had a hunch it was pretty big task: we’ve accumulated a whopping 10,500+ photos of Midtown through the years - and counting. We also found a wealth of images from decades back. In celebration of how far the district has come, we wanted to share a few interesting pics from Midtown’s pastRead More »
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Posted: June 8, 2016
Laura Troutt, the Program Administrator for public safety and landscaped maintenance (whew - what a title), has done what most consider to be taboo and unheard of in the southern city of Atlanta - she is living car-free. As you'll learn, Laura, who once lived outside the perimeter (OTP) recently moved to Midtown and ditched her car to heavily rely on public transit and her own two feet to get her from point A to point B. Read More »
Posted: November 16, 2015
When Peachtree Street in Midtown and Downtown Atlanta closed to car traffic for less than half a day on Sunday, October 25, thousands of people—equipped with bikes, skateboards, roller skates, or even a simple pair of walking shoes—filled Atlanta’s signature corridor eager to explore and play. And as they navigated Peachtree, the streets came to life: full of clanging bike bells, bursts of laughter, trotting feet, and the synchronized clicking of gears from hundreds of cruising cyclists. Read More »
Posted: October 27, 2015
Representatives from Midtown Alliance, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Planning & Community Development and Georgia Tech’s School of City & Regional Planning led a group of 30 students on a walking tour of Midtown development projects to explain how urban design influences the way we use open space.Read More »
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Posted: September 8, 2015
When I joined the Midtown Alliance staff years ago, I had no idea how much went into planting, maintaining, and replacing our street trees. I am proud to say that the Midtown Alliance has planted and/or replaced more than 900 of Midtown’s 2,200 trees.Read More »
Posted: April 23, 2015
If you like to take advantage of the walkability in Midtown, receive discounts and treats, solve clues, and be eligible for grand prizes, then I suggest you sign up for the Midtown "Walk There" Challenge (if you haven't already, that is). Read More »
Posted: March 31, 2015
By: Shannon Powell
I am a convert.Read More »
Posted: November 4, 2014
By Mia Jones
When you think of the word “industrious,” a slew of synonyms might come to mind—productive, hard-working, diligent—or if you’re anything like me, the Industrious Revolution (what can I say, I liked history). But after speaking with Justin Stewart, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Industrious Office in Chicago, that word now has new meaning.Read More »
Posted: September 30, 2014
Based on the motion picture, Bull Durham is a pitch perfect blend of comedy, baseball and steamy romance. Veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (Will Swenson) has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (John Behlmann), a hot rod pitcher with a “million dollar arm and a five cent head,” for the majors. Read More »
Posted: August 29, 2014
Midtown Dialogues Panel (from left to right): John Moores of Gensler (moderator); Anne Dennington of Flux Projects; Chris Martorella of Integral Group; District 2 Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall; and Steve Simon of Fifth Group Restaurants
At the end of May, Midtown Alliance hosted our first Midtown Dialogues event of 2014: “What Makes a Great Urban Experience?” Following in the footsteps of our 2014 Annual Meeting “The Art of Participation” the event sought to extend the conversation about how we, as a community, can make Midtown an even more dynamic urban district. Read More »
Posted: June 12, 2014
Midtown Alliance is hard at work creating safer, more enticing infrastructure for cyclists. Check out some of our latest projects. Read More »
Posted: May 9, 2014
Cities of Purpose is a grassroots dinner table movement. It’s a chance for Atlantans to gather, to discuss the purpose of our hometown and to work together to craft our city on purpose. We spoke with Dar Vanderbeck of the Cities of Purpose team to get the scoop on this new city-wide project. Read More »
Posted: April 2, 2014
Since its creation in 2000, the Midtown Improvement District (MID) has been a driving force behind the revitalization of Midtown. Guided by a visionary master plan--Blueprint Midtown--and a strong partnership with Midtown Alliance, the MID's investments in the district have created a national model for urban excellence. Today, Midtown is a truly exceptional commercial, cultural and residential community that is safe, clean, beautiful and walkable.
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Posted: March 10, 2014
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) celebrated the people and projects that contributed to Atlanta’s ongoing progress towards becoming a bicycle-friendly community on Friday, February 14, 2014. Read More »
Posted: February 18, 2014
We are excited to announce that Peter Kageyama will be our 2014 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker. Read More »
Posted: January 15, 2014
So much has happened over the year in Midtown ATL, and we thought we'd share with you some moments that caught our eye in 2013: Read More »
Posted: December 19, 2013
Courtesy Alliance Theatre
In his 20th season in A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre, Chris Kayser has uniquely contributed to a rich Midtown tradition—as the cranky and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. This year will be Kayser’s last as Scrooge, after a 16 year run without missing a single performance. Kayser gave us a little insight into what this experience has been like and introduced us to the native Atlantan behind the wig and long nightcap.
Posted: December 16, 2013
Midtown Alliance is proud to introduce you to Debra Brown, affectionately called by our team, “Debbie!” Debbie is our beloved Executive Assistant and has been with our team for over 8 years. We are especially proud to spotlight Debbie’s long-term commitment to using a clean commute option.
Posted: November 21, 2013
By Gloria Hardegree, Executive Director
Georgia Recycling Coalition
Recycling is the one simple thing everyone can do to conserve energy, water, and other natural resources, while helping to create and sustain green jobs in our state and region. Georgia has one of the largest infrastructures for recycling in the U.S with over 120 manufacturers using recycled content in production of new products in our state. They are dependent on quality volumes of clean recycled feed stocks to run their facilities.
Posted: November 15, 2013
Posted: November 6, 2013
Last week students from SCAD Atlanta participated in a 24-hour rapid design challenge called GENERATE. We're excited that we were invited to pitch a challenge to students in the Illustration and Advertising departments. We wanted to collaborate with these students on banners for our district that reflected the following themes: Holidays/Seasons and Innovation. The students had a chance at a $2500 grand prize for the winning set of designs. We're going to review the submissions later this week but loved reading this blog post from one of our participants about her experience working on our challenge. Read it here: http://bit.ly/1gn4gSk
Posted: October 8, 2013
Last year, the buildings in which we work and live used roughly 40% of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion. We can make these buildings more energy efficient through a variety of improvements and proven approaches— like new lighting, greater insulation, more efficient heating and cooling, clear information and energy efficiency investment criteria. This means better places to live and work all while creating jobs and building a stronger economy. As a part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative—a nation-wide challenge to make commercial buildings 20% more energy efficient by the year 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency--the City of Atlanta created the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC). In addition to an energy savings commitment of 20%, the ABBC requires a commitment to increase water efficiency by 20% as well.
Posted: October 7, 2013
By Rhonda Lowry
It was 6pm on Friday the 13th, but it was a lucky day for people from around Midtown - students, residents, the insatiably curious, and a few business types - who gathered in the shared workspace of Hypepotamus. Individually, they were there for different reasons, but collectively they shared the same goal: in just 24 hours, hack together mobile solutions to the Midtown Buzz challenges described by Midtown Alliance and Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology.
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Posted: September 30, 2013
What an honor! We're so pleased to have be included in Creative Loafing Atlanta's Best of Atlanta issue. We were named the best neighborhood to live car-free. Check us out!: http://bit.ly/16I8Fem
Posted: September 19, 2013
Want to make an impact the quality of life in Midtown Atlanta? Do you have an idea that would make it easier to find events, restaurants or parking spaces? How about a history or public art tour or a way to connect with fellow exercisers? There’s so much to discover in Midtown and we need your help!
Posted: September 9, 2013
Telework improves employee productivity by allowing them to skip the commute and get straight to work. Telework programs are saving employers thousands of dollars through facility costs and increased retention. Programs are also helping to improve our air quality, reduce traffic congestion and sparing employees the headaches of daily commutes. Georgia Telework Week recognizes and celebrates the employers in the region who support alternative work arrangements. Pledge your support and learn more about telework activities here.
Posted: August 19, 2013
Last week Midtown Alliance president Kevin Green, Mayor Kasim Reed and Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson joined others for the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge celebration of the impactful sustainability efforts of more than 20 buildings in Atlanta. Congratulations to #MidtownATL's Technology Square Research Building, 1180 Peachtree, and One Atlantic Center for their 20% reduction goal since 2009 in either energy or water consumption. Learn more.
Posted: July 24, 2013
On Thursday, July 25th, Midtown Alliance will present The Business of Creativity (RSVP here), an event all about the role of creativity in promoting innovation and progress in business. To create a unique discussion, we will bring together three presenters from very different walks of life to talk about what creativity means to them, and what you can learn from their experiences.
In anticipation of the event, one of our speakers, founder of PushPush Theater, Tim Habeger, answered a few questions for us.
Posted: July 17, 2013
By Rohan Chatterjee, Triage Consulting Group
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a key focus of The Triage Consulting Group, dating back to the company's inception in 1996 in San Francisco, CA. Our sustainability efforts include (but are not limited to) energy conservation, reduction of waste, and reuse of materials. Our founders had a focus on sustainability from the beginning, and we have continued to work hard to integrate green practices as much as possible into our everyday work.
Posted: July 15, 2013
Do you look at the bridges crossing the connector and see opportunity as you drive through downtown and Midtown? We do! As a key element of a new vision for Atlanta’s Downtown Connector, Midtown Alliance, working with Central Atlanta Progress, is directing a $5.3 million enhancement of Peachtree Street over I-75/85. This effort will celebrate the bridges on either end of Midtown as gateways to Atlanta’s urban core. Read more and see images of the new bridges celebrating our signature thoroughfare Peachtree Street.
Posted: July 8, 2013
With a transit station a block off Peachtree Street at each quarter mile interval between North Avenue and 15th Street, transit offers one of the most convenient modes of transportation in Midtown. Each day, more than 18,000 people access Midtown’s three main transit stations—Arts Center, Midtown, and North Ave—to ride MARTA rail, MARTA buses, or regional express buses. As major gateways into Midtown, these stations significantly impact a visitor’s first impression of our district and our city. Yet the convenience of transit in Midtown is undermined by lackluster conditions at the stations themselves.
Earlier this year, we received an $80,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to fund a planning effort to enhance the functional, operational and aesthetic aspects on the exterior of each station. The goal is to improve the experience in and around the stations, thereby increasing the appeal of transit to a broad range of users—young, old, residents, commuters, visitors, natives, newcomers and more.
Posted: July 1, 2013
Col. Wayne Mock, director of Midtown Blue and Midtown Alliance's maintenance team, retires at the end of this month after nearly 50 years of law enforcement and public safety service. Watch our Best of Col. Wayne Mock video:
Posted: June 26, 2013
"Passing Time," photo by instagrammer thelorso.
We love this photo of our pocket park in front of the Margaret Mitchell House. Have great, candid moments in Midtown ATL that you want to share with us and our fans? Send us your photos to email@example.com
Posted: June 14, 2013
Missed our Future of Work event? Check out this clip of Scott Henderson of Hypepotamus and Carie Davis, global director of innovation at Coca-Cola.
Posted: June 6, 2013
By Shelby Buso
“There was a tree, the prettiest tree that you ever did see. And that tree was in a hole and the hole was in the ground and the green grass grows all around, all around. And the green grass grows all around.”
The words of a song my son had to sing at school this week ring over and over in my head even now after Earth Day has passed. It was a long week of festivities and environmental education – from free energy efficient light bulbs at the 10 Tenth Earth Day event to electronics waste recycling at The Biltmore with Georgia Natural Gas. This week, full of information gathering and enlightening inspiration, was meant to remind us all to take care of the Earth.
Posted: April 29, 2013
Consider in the last 10 years, Facebook launched in 2004 and reached 1B active users in 2012, the first YouTube video played in 2005 and now users upload 72 hours of video each minute to the service. Twitter came on the scene and was a critical force in 2011 and 2012’s Arab Springs and double digit growth in the percentage of the US population over 14 that own smart-phones which are used more and more for everything but talking on the phone. They are now mini-computers, with high-resolution cameras, GPS locators, high-speed internet access, and millions of apps that fit every interest. If past history provides a window into the future, then the places that can innovate around technology growth areas will produce the jobs and companies of the future.
Today, the Midtown Alliance is embarking on a new initiative to strengthen Midtown’s burgeoning technology innovation district. The goal of this effort is to leverage the success that is already happening to further stimulate our economic development agenda.
Posted: April 19, 2013
I'm husband, father of an 11-year-old son, proud Nebraska native, and the executive director of Hypepotamus - an open gathering space for startups where you can work and have events for free on West Peachtree in the Biltmore.
After moving back to Atlanta from Boston, I asked my friend Scott Case, who runs Startup America Partnership, who I should know in the Atlanta startup community. He introduced me to Rob Kischuk of Bad.gy and we ended up having lunch one day. After lunch at Barrel House, Rob brought me over to meet the founders of Hypepotamus, Kevin Wallace and Heath Hyneman. We hit it off right away and after a few weeks of long conversations and idea sessions, I took on the role I serve in now.
Posted: March 14, 2013
By: Kevin Green
Hello and welcome to our new website and brand refresh! When Midtown Alliance started our rebranding process late last year, we were looking to not only consolidate our two websites - Midtownalliance.org and MidtownATL.com - and multiple logos, but also to create a new look and feel to reflect the sense of community and vitality of the Midtown area.
With so many stories to tell – from the fabled history of the district to the characters we meet every day on the street, to our historic neighborhoods and new hi-rises; Fortune 500 companies and start-ups -- Midtown’s story is being written every day. Midtown Alliance is proud to be a part of it.
In 2013, Midtown Alliance will continue to enhance Midtown’s livability with pocketparks, streetscapes, bridgescapes, bike lanes and projects to enhance Midtown’s MARTA stations. This year we’ll also introduce Midtown as the Southeast's first urban EcoDistrict, building upon the 2012 Midtown Greenprint plan.
Posted: February 13, 2013