Recent Entries

Hospitality Rising: Touring Midtown's Hotel Development

$1M of Signal Improvements Underway in Year Four of Midtown Traffic Operations Program

Midtown Alliance to Kick Off Season 2 of "The Porch" at MARTA's Arts Center Station

“TECHnology Tour” Offers Inside Look at Midtown’s Startup Scene

Inside the Numbers: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s Impact on Midtown ATL

Going Vertical: A Visual Construction Tour

New Arrivals Add to Retail, Dining Scene in Midtown

Warmer Weather Beckons More Bike Sharing in Midtown

Rockspinner: A Rockumentary

App-Driven Field Work Produces Valuable Data Key to Maintaining Midtown's Walkability, Accessibility



Midtown Beams and Bustles for the Holidays

All is bright in Midtown Atlanta this winter. Literally.

Midtown Alliance is lighting up open spaces throughout Midtown for the fifth year in a row, stringing around 100,000 LED lights in many of the district’s parks and plazas. Read More »

Tags: Events, Midtown ATL, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Holidays, Colony Square

Posted: November 30, 2016

Now on View: Struth's "Nature & Politics" Debuts at The High

Kicking off a tour of the United States, The High Museum opened an exhibit of photographs by Thomas Struth, entitled Nature & Politics, on October 16. Read More »

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art

Posted: October 17, 2016

Woohoo! High Museum to Launch Reduced Admission Pricing on Oct. 1

PHOTO: High Museum of Art Atlanta/Gannon

Great news, Midtown! Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, Midtown Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will introduce a reduced admission price. Now all visitors ages 6 and above to enjoy the museum for the single price of $14.50. Admission for children 5 and under will remain free. Read More »

Tag: Midtown ATL

Posted: September 21, 2016

Take a book. Give a book. Little Free Libraries at Arts Center's Porch

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 »

Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Midtown ATL, Community, Placemaking, MARTA, Transit

Posted: September 19, 2016

Trick or Treat...or Tours: Fox Theatre Hosts Its 4th Annual Ghost Tours this October

The Fox Theatre invites patrons for a howling good time as it will host its fourth annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours this Halloween season starring a motley crew of historical spirits and specters. Beginning Oct. 9, Guests will walk the haunted halls of one of the city’s most treasured landmarks to learn about ghastly sightings or unexplained bumps in the night. Read More »

Tags: History, Events, Midtown ATL, Fox Theatre

Posted: September 18, 2016

Uptown Rhodes Race 5K Moves to Halloween Weekend

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Uptown Rhodes Race 5K is moving to Halloween weekend and being renamed the Uptown Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle. The dog- and stroller-friendly event will take place at Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. Costumes are welcome. Read More »

Tags: History, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Special Deals

Posted: September 13, 2016

In the News: "How Tech Square is Conquering Midtown"


"Today Georgia Tech’s Tech Square is the heart of the local technology community and a thriving part of Midtown. It’s hard to believe that just 15 years ago, the land it stands on was one of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods. Read More »

Tags: Development, Innovation, Ecosystem, Midtown ATL, Georgia Tech

Posted: August 5, 2016

A 'Sneaker' Peek: Museum Exhibit Celebrates Nearly Two Centuries of Cool Kicks

Calling all sneakerheads, lace up your kicks and head to the High Museum to see a sneaker collection that's cooler than yours. "The Rise of Sneaker Culture," the first exhibit of its kind in the United States, features more than 150 pairs of sneakers that display the social implications and design evolution of the industry.Read More »

Tags: Arts, Midtown ATL, Creativity, High Museum of Art

Posted: June 15, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day in Midtown this April

Earth Day is April 22, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to get involved and start celebrating our planet. Read More »

Tags: EcoDistrict, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green, Community

Posted: April 7, 2016

Tonight: Dashboard presents immersive art experience 'JACK' at Midtown Atlanta's Colony Square

Dashboard brings yet another amazing arts experience to Midtown Atlanta with pop-up dance performance 'JACK.' Tonight artists will temporarily transform an available space at Colony Square Midtown into a mesmeric nightclub filled with incredibly composed dance performances. We got to chat with Courtney Hammond and Beth Malone of Atlanta-based arts organization Dashboard about the immersive art experience taking place tonight at Colony Square Midtown. Read our Q&A below to learn more about this unique event and other upcoming arts experiences dashboard is producing.
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Tags: Arts, Events, Midtown ATL, Pop-Up Shops, Placemaking, Creativity

Posted: March 11, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Photo Tour inside SCAD’s Digital Media Center

Innovation happens all over Midtown. And Savannah College of Art Design’s (SCAD) Midtown Atlanta campus also helps lead the charge as a talent and innovation hub for arts and entertainment. Join us for a photo tour of the newly renovated building where students use state of the art equipment to hone their craft—ranging from animation to game development to television production. Read More »

Tags: Innovation, Midtown ATL, Creativity

Posted: March 3, 2016

Discover Midtown: SCADshow

Did you know Midtown is home to the largest concentration of arts and cultural institutions in the Southeast? This scenefull of unforgettable experiences—is the perfect addition to a district where 14,000+ people live, 65,000 people work, and nearly 6 million people visit annually. Each month, we'll spotlight one of Midtown's must-see museums and attractions. First up: SCADshow.Read More »

Tag: Midtown ATL

Posted: November 30, 2015

Inside the Worlds Puppetry Museum at Center for Puppetry Arts

When the Center for Puppetry Arts opened its doors for the first time in 1978, founder Vincent Anthony and community members celebrated the moment with a ceremony unlike any other. Filmmaker, artist and puppet master Jim Henson and his most famous puppet creation, Kermit the Frog, had the honor of cutting the ribbon, signaling the start of an influential non-profit that has brought a unique arts and cultural experience to Midtown Atlanta. 

Earlier this month, the Center—which has hosted unforgettable performances, workshops and other programming featuring hand-made characters over the last 36 years—completed a renovation and expansion of its campus, the former site of Spring Street Elementary School located on Spring Street between 17th Street and 18th Street. The Center's transformation marks a full circle moment for the non-profit as they bring the one-of-a-kind Worlds of Puppetry Museum to Midtown Atlanta and the world of puppetry. Read More »

Tag: Midtown ATL

Posted: November 17, 2015

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

(Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is bringing back their annual "electrical extravaganza," Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, beginning on Saturday, November 14, 2015 - January 9, 2016. Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: November 12, 2015

Midtown Atlanta: Georgia Tech’s College Town

Are you ready for some college football on a national stage in Midtown? The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets square off against the Virginia Tech Hokies this Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm in a nationally televised game from Bobby Dodd Stadium. From Tech Square to Peachtree Street , Midtown has grown in recent years into Georgia Tech’s college town, connected to the campus via the 5th Street bridge, among other access points. Read More »

Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Georgia Tech

Posted: November 8, 2015

Midtown-Based Non-Profit Celebrates More than a Century of Transformative Community Work in Atlanta

This year the Georgia Federation of Women’s Club’s Atlanta Woman’s Club is celebrating 120 years at their Midtown home, the Wimbish House on Peachtree Street. We had the opportunity to talk with the club’s president, Judine B. Heard, and learned about this historic organization and their contributions to Midtown and Atlanta’s historic landscape. Read More »

Tags: History, Midtown ATL, Community

Posted: November 3, 2015

‘Atlanta Streets Alive’ Turns Peachtree Street into ‘People Street’

When Peachtree Street in Midtown and Downtown Atlanta closed to car traffic for less than half a day on Sunday, October 25, thousands of peopleequipped with bikes, skateboards, roller skates, or even a simple pair of walking shoesfilled 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 »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Bike, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Placemaking, Walkability, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: October 27, 2015

Experience Habsburg Splendor at the High

If you've ever wondered how royalty truly lived - what they wore and the way in which they traveled in style - you can finally get an upclose and personal glimpse of one of Europe's greatest royal families: the HabsburgsRead More »

Tags: Arts, Midtown ATL, High Museum of Art

Posted: October 26, 2015

And Midtown: Alliance Theatre Teen Troupe Brings 'Beowulf' and Blondie to the High

Remember that time when your high school Brit Lit teacher assigned you to read Beowulf? You know, the one where the titular hero seeks to defeat the grimacing monster Grendel. Remember that story? Well, this past weekend the Alliance Theatre’s Teen Summer Camp took some creative liberty with the classic tale—reimagining the hero as a young teen girl with an all-girl ensemble and narrating the story to the tune of 80s pop music from the likes of Janet Jackson and Blondie—making for quite an epic performance. Read More »

Locations: Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, #WeLoveMidtown, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center

Posted: July 13, 2015

Don't Miss It: Sustainable, Hi-Tech Design Transforms Open Space in Tech Square

How can outdoor spaces creatively offer daytime shade and nighttime lighting while fostering social interactions? Read More »

Tags: Arts, Innovation, Collaboration, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Community, Placemaking

Posted: June 17, 2015

MAX's Wine Dive -- Special Meal Deals

MAX's Wine Dive is offering special meal deals throughout the summer! Stop by before July 31, 2015, and enjoy a great dining experience either after work or on the weekends for brunch:Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Restaurants, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: June 9, 2015

Faces of Transit Commuter Spotlight: Yulia

As a Midtown resident and employee at a digital marketing agency, Yulia utilizes MARTA as her main mode of transportation. Read on to see how riding transit works for Yulia, as well as tips and tricks she has learned along the way.Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Community, MARTA, Try Transit, Transit, Train

Posted: June 1, 2015

New in Midtown: Princi | Italia

By: Mia Jones

12th Street in Midtown is unpretentiously decorated with great restaurants and bars offering varying types of flavors, food, and a plethora of drink items to suit your after work happy-hour needs. A newcomer has shown its face amongst the original OG’s, though, and sits on the corner of 77 12th releasing rich, cheesy Italian aromas. If your mouth is already watering for a Lemoncello or an authentic Caprese salad, then come on down to Princi | Italia and welcome them to the neighborhood the right way.Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Restaurants, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: May 14, 2015

"What Do You Want to Eat Today?"

By: Mia Jones 

My tummy has become my lunch-time alarm clock. Usually somewhere between 11:45-12:30 I am consistently reminded--like a reliable snooze button--that I need to get up from my desk and go find sustenance. As much as I enjoy the break to eat, walk around Midtown, and commune with co-workers, the thought of choosing a place has become a predictable, mundane experience. I have grown tired of the soup/sandwich combination and the over-priced salads that leave me hungry and grabbing KitKats by 2:00pm.Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Community, Peachtree Street, Walkability

Posted: April 8, 2015

Take A "Walk There" With Midtown Transportation

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 »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Events, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Community, Walkability

Posted: March 31, 2015

Laughing Skull's 6th Annual Comedy Festival is An Intimate, Laugh Out Loud Event

By: Mia Jones

If you're looking for Laughing Skull Lounge, then you should head on over to The Vortex. Make your way through the tight squeeze of a waiting area, a pretty friendly bouncer who holds the door for you, hand the hostess your ID so she can make sure you're actually 21+, and then say "excuse me" numerous times as you pass by table after table of people devouring mega burgers, fries, and the poison of their choice. You'll think to yourself, "After the show I'm coming here to eat." And The Vortex will still be open, so you won't have to worry about missing your chance. Read More »

Tags: Events, Midtown ATL, Peachtree Street, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: March 27, 2015

Take a Look: Ivy Hall tour by SCAD Atlanta

Check out this breathtaking video of a memorable house tour of Midtown Atlanta's Ivy Hall by Paula Wallace, Founder and President of the College of Art and Design (SCAD). The historic house is set in an urban location at 179 Ponce de Leon Avenue at Piedmont Road in Atlanta and underwent renovations by SCAD's historic preservation and design teams in 2007 and 2008. 

Tags: Arts, History, Preservation, Atlanta, Midtown ATL

Posted: March 6, 2015

Luxury Residential Building Groundbreaking: Yoo on the Park

The Trillist Companies, Inc. will officially break ground next week, Wednesday, February 18, on the highly anticipated YOO on the Park. The tower will be the first in a platform of branded luxury residential rental buildings developed in partnership with world-renowned YOO Studio, a global partnership of property entrepreneur, John Hitchcox, and ubiquitous designer, Philippe Starck (of Miami Delano, London Sanderson). Read More »

Tags: Development, Events, Midtown ATL

Posted: February 12, 2015

ABBC 2014 Annual Recognition Event: Midtown Recipients

On December 3, Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge held their 2014 Annual Recognition Event at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Awards were given to top performers on behalf of their efforts to increase sustainability in their work environments. Many Midtown-based companies/organizations were standouts, to no surprise, and a few Midtown Alliance members received Outstanding Achievement Awards. The list of top performers and notables are listed below. To view the full photo gallery, click hereRead More »

Tags: Events, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: December 18, 2014

2014 Children's Christmas Parade

The 2015 Children’s Christmas Parade kicked off the holidays in a big way on Saturday, December 6. Read More »

Tag: Midtown ATL

Posted: December 10, 2014

Midtown "Lights Up" For The Holidays

This winter season Midtown Alliance staff has worked diligently to provide holiday cheer to the District. Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Community, Midtown Alliance, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: December 9, 2014

GA Tech's Rivalry Sports Weekend


Two huge Georgia Tech rivalry games will take place the weekend of November 14. Men's basketball and the Yellow Jackets Football team will be busy as they prepare to take on the Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers! Tickets can be purchased here.

The Georgia Tech Men's Basketball home opener on Friday, November 14, at McCamish Pavilion, is a gold out! Game time is 7:00 p.m. 

  • Game highlights will include:

    • Jackets look to go 4-0 vs. Georgia in past four seasons

    • Miss Georgia to perform the National Anthem 

    • Customize your very own gameday by securing behind-the-scenes experiences with new Buzz Memories program

The exciting ACC-rivalry football matchup between the Yellow Jackets and Clemson Tigers will take place on Saturday, November 15. Kickoff at 12 noon. 

  • Game highlights will include:

    • ​Joe Hamilton College Football Hall of Fame Recognition 

    • Pre-game Senior Salute for graduating players in their last game at Bobby Dodd Stadium

    • WreckFest is highlighted by photo ops with 220-0 Cumberland Game ball, and a free concert on-stage by Nine Time Blue

Tags: Events, Midtown ATL, Georgia Tech, Sports & Recreation

Posted: November 6, 2014

Our COO Was Bitten By the Biking-Bug

By: Shannon Powell 


I am a convert.Read More »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Bike, Midtown ATL, Transportation

Posted: November 4, 2014

Museum Day Live! Center for Puppetry Arts

(Hey, there's me, standing by a Puppet)

By Mia Jones

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Smithsonian Magazine hosted its 10th Annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ event. Over 1,000 museums nationwide participated and gave the opportunity for individuals to visit [one] of their favorite local museums for free. I partook and decided to visit the Center for Puppetry Arts because (1) why not and (2) I hadn’t been since I was a child and was feeling nostalgic.Read More »

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Creativity, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: September 30, 2014

By Lauren Bohn | Programs Intern, Midtown Alliance

My bike makes clicky noises, seems to have a perpetual flat tire, and I can only ride it with both hands on the handle bars.  So, while I’d like to one day join Atlanta’s growing cycling community, we’re just not there yet.  In honor of this year’s Bike Challenge, I’ll be taking on the hurdles to bike riding.  This year’s Bike Challenge is all about giving biking a try, perfect for those of us, shall we say, less proficient riders.  Read More »

Tags: Bike, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Sustainability, Bike Challenge, The Almost Cyclist

Posted: September 16, 2014

1315 Peachtree Street Recognized as a Living Model for Small Urban Sites

The Midtown Atlanta office building of design firm Perkins+Will has been certified as one the top sustainable landscapes in the country. The Perkins+Will building is the only site in Georgia to ever gain this designation, with just 34 certified in the United States since 2009. Read More »

Tags: Development, EcoDistrict, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green

Posted: September 8, 2014

Exclusive offer for Midtown Alliance Members from the Alliance Theatre

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 »

Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Midtown ATL, Alliance Theatre, Special Deals, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: August 29, 2014

Celebrate College Colors Day on Friday, August 29

The 2014 college football season is here! Celebrate with your fellow Midtown Alliance members by participating in College Colors Day on Friday, August 29. Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Georgia Tech, Sports & Recreation, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: August 26, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Celebrates the last 25 Years of its History

Through essays, photos, and videos, explore the last quarter century of Atlanta Fed history. Join us in reflecting on a period marked by dramatic changes and significant milestones as the Atlanta Fed entered the modern era. Read More »

Tags: History, Midtown ATL, Peachtree Street, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Posted: July 2, 2014

Midtown Dialogues panel on 'urban experience' inspires

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 »

Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Community, Midtown Alliance Events, Community Building, Midtown Alliance Members

Posted: June 12, 2014

How I Broke Up with My Car

By Emily Haar, Midtown Transportation

About two years ago, I moved to a new house closer to transit and started commuting on MARTA full time. Making the commitment was daunting at first, but I started to realize how much I don’t need to use my car during the workday. My car is very old (1993) and has had its fair share of problems that needed to be addressed within the next 15,000 miles. Since taking MARTA, I have not met that threshold yet.  The best way to address a problem is to drag it out, right? Read More »

Tags: Midtown ATL, Transportation, MARTA, Try Transit, Transit, Bus, Train

Posted: June 2, 2014

Meet Workplace Bike Champion Autumn Sikorowski

When Autumn Sikorowski’s office moved to Midtown this year, bike commuting from her home in Cabbagetown was too convenient to ignore. Read More »

Tags: Bike, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Transportation

Posted: May 16, 2014

Atlanta Moon Ride is Back and Set for Friday the 13th!

Nighttime Bike Ride Through City on June 13 will Benefit Bert’s Big Adventure

Atlanta Moon Ride returns for its second year of after-dark antics!  Bicycle enthusiasts and bike-curious Atlantans of all skill levels and ages are invited to hit the streets at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 13 for a safe, fun, 6.5-mile ride through the coolest neighborhoods in the city.  Participants are encouraged to ride with flair – dressing in costume, gearing up bikes with headlamps, glow sticks, bullhorns, unicorn horns – anything goes. Read More »

Tags: Bike, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Atlanta BeltLine, Community, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: May 15, 2014

BB&T Atlanta Open: World Class Tennis in the Heart of Midtown

By: Beth Carter, Marketing Inspirations

For the past two years, Midtown has been Atlanta’s epicenter of world-class professional tennis with the BB&T Atlanta Open tournament.  Players including former UGA Bulldog and reigning champion John Isner, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish have thrilled attendees with 130+ MPH serves in the shadows of Midtown’s skyline.  Almost all of the main draw players are in the Top 100 in the world and will represent the United States along with about a dozen countries across the globe. Read More »

Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, #WeLoveMidtown, Atlantic Station

Posted: May 13, 2014

Bike Racks, Improvements on the way for 2014

Midtown Alliance is hard at work creating safer, more enticing infrastructure for cyclists. Check out some of our latest projects. Read More »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Bike, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Atlanta BeltLine, Bike Racks, Sustainability, Peachtree Street

Posted: May 9, 2014

"McTell Street" : Magical Moments in Midtown ATL

Photos by Ashley-Grace Ramocan

In the spirit of “Blind” Willie McTell and the vibrant street performance culture that once thrived in Atlanta, Flux Projects is presenting 21st century buskers throughout April. “McTell Street” will run along Peachtree Street on Thursdays between 11am-2pm; you will find these performers at the corners of 10th, 12th, and 14th Streets. Check out our photos from last week's street performances.

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Tags: Arts, History, Preservation, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: April 7, 2014

Let's Talk: Cities of Purpose & Atlanta Dinner Parties

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 »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Collaboration, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community

Posted: April 2, 2014

A Party Among Southern Stars, Past and Present

Photos and blog post by Ashley-Grace Ramocan

On Wednesday, March 26th, Atlantans gathered at Midtown Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell House for cold beer, burgers and some free history. Atlanta History Center unveiled a new Margaret Mitchell House exhibit called "Stars Fall on Atlanta," reviewing the world premiere of the film Gone with the Wind, by hosting an event series called "Party with the Past." The event is a new program designed to introduce Atlanta's young movers and shakers to the history of Atlanta. Take a look at our photos from the event!

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Tags: History, Atlanta History Center, Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: March 28, 2014

Red Bull Illume at Piedmont Park

Post and Photography by Lauren Bohn

Hey Midtown, you have until March 30th to check out Red Bull Illume in Piedmont Park.  What is it?  Glad you asked.  Illume is an international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports shots.  28,257 photographs were submitted by photographers from 124 countries.  The top 50 have been chosen and are on show now in light boxes at Piedmont Park.  They are illuminated at sunset, creating the perfect nighttime photography stroll.  Go and see—it’s free!—but you’d better get a move on: Atlanta is the fourth stop of this world tour which is only here through next weekend.  Take a look at some shots we took of Thursday’s Kickoff Event. Read More »

Location: Piedmont Park

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Sports & Recreation, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: March 21, 2014

Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade Brings Luck to All in Midtown

Post and Photography by Lauren Bohn

‘Twas a bright day in Midtown, and all had come out,
Donning bright green attire, at the parade route.
Each found a spot along Peachtree with care,
For standing or sitting in a folding chair. Read More »

Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: March 18, 2014

Midtown Alliance named ABC Partner of the Year at 2014 Blinkie Awards

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 »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, EcoDistrict, Bike, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Bike Racks, Sustainability, Green

Posted: February 18, 2014

Meet our Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker, Peter Kageyama

We are excited to announce that Peter Kageyama will be our 2014 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker. Read More »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Collaboration, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Events, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: January 15, 2014

Center for Puppetry Arts Announces Expansion

The Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest organization in the U.S. dedicated for puppetry--located here in Midtown, announced today plans for expansions that would accommodate the Jim Henson Collection. Read More »

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: January 14, 2014

Atlanta, let's recycle!

Tags: EcoDistrict, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green

Posted: January 9, 2014

Some of the Best Moments of the Year as 2013 turns into 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 »

Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Collaboration, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Bike Racks, Community, Creativity, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: December 19, 2013

When Peachtree Street in Midtown Turned into Santa Claus Lane

Here's a quick look at our top 10 favorite moments from the Children's Christmas Parade that happened earlier this month. Read More »

Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: December 19, 2013

An Uber Special Offer for Midtown Alliance Members

Thanks to one of our new Midtown Alliance members, Uber Atlanta, for this great deal! Take advantage of it today.

Tags: Midtown ATL, Transportation, Midtown Alliance

Posted: December 17, 2013

#WeLoveMidtown - Meet Chris Kayser

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.

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Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, #WeLoveMidtown, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center

Posted: December 16, 2013

ASO Midtown Takeover

Last week, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra kicked off their ASO Midtown Takeover, a series of pop-up holiday performances throughout Midtown Atlanta. The Peachtree String Quartet put bow to string at Emory Hospital Midtown and Tech Square, providing holiday cheer and entertainment for nearly an hour. You can catch the quartet later this week at 1075 Peachtree, 1180 Peachtree, and the MARTA Arts Center station. Check out this link for dates and times: Read More »

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, MARTA, Community Building, #WeLoveMidtown, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Woodruff Arts Center

Posted: December 9, 2013

#WeLoveMidtown: Meet Nadia Mara

Nadia Mara, originally from Uruguay, has come to call Midtown Atlanta home. Not only does she contribute to Midtown’s unique character as a resident, but she also plays a particularly special role in one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions: as an Atlanta Ballet dancer in Nutcracker at Fox Theatre.  In her 8th season with Atlanta Ballet, Nadia will be performing Sugar Plum Fairy, Meissen Doll and Spanish Dancer.  We thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Nadia about her upcoming roles and learning more about our unique Midtown neighbor: Read More »

Tags: Arts, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Walkability, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: December 5, 2013

Startup Stories: SpotShare

There’s no question that finding parking for guests in urban areas can be a big hassle. That is until SpotShare came onto the scene. SpotShare offers an online parking service, free to users, that lets residents of condos and other facilities easily donate and request parking spaces.​ 

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Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Midtown ATL, Startups

Posted: December 2, 2013

Midtown EcoDistrict: Sustainability Starts Here

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Tags: EcoDistrict, Bike, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Bike Racks, Sustainability, Green, MARTA, Midtown Alliance

Posted: November 22, 2013

#WeLoveMidtown - Meet Debra Brown

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.  

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Tags: Midtown Alliance, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green, Community, #WeLoveMidtown

Posted: November 21, 2013

#WeLoveMidtown - Spotlight on Atlantic Station

Midtown, meet the Atlantic Station team, pictured here at the opening of SkateAS, their new 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rin—the largest in the Southeast!  From shops and restaurants to events and attractions— not to mention a community full of choices for living and work space—Atlantic Station has become one of Midtown’s “Fun Hubs”… and with great success! Kick off the holiday season at Atlantic Station’s annual tree lighting celebration on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-9 PM.  The night will culminate with Santa’s arrival, a Holiday Jubilee performance, the tree lighting with more than 250,000 lights, a “snow show” and fireworks. 

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Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, #WeLoveMidtown, Atlantic Station

Posted: November 19, 2013

Celebrate America Recycles Day with Us

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.

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Tags: Midtown Alliance, EcoDistrict, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green

Posted: November 15, 2013

'Let's Talk' with Midtown Assistance Center

There's a lot to love about Midtown Atlanta, and we especially love the sense of community that continues to grow here. In light of this season of giving, we chatted with Midtown Assistance Center's Executive Director, Dorothy Chandler, to learn more about how her organization supports the Midtown community.

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Tags: Collaboration, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community, Midtown Alliance, Community Building

Posted: November 12, 2013

Take Your Selfies to the Street with #WeLoveMidtown

We're so excited to launch #WeLoveMidtown, a contest where you show us your Midtown experience. Learn more about our contest here and get camera-ready by following these contest tips:
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Tags: Midtown Alliance, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity

Posted: November 6, 2013

Uptown Rhodes Race 5K Celebrates 5th Year

By Bryn Chanudet

Fall in Atlanta is a beautiful time to get outdoors, enjoy cooler weather and the stunning changing foliage. What better way to enjoy the Fall than to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Uptown Rhodes Race 5K brought to you by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Headquartered at Rhodes Hall in the heart of Midtown, one of the few remaining original mansions left in Atlanta, The Trust will put on a spectacular 5K and after party at The Castle on Peachtree.

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Tags: History, Preservation, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Sports & Recreation

Posted: October 31, 2013

Let's Talk: Taste of Atlanta

From Oct. 25-27, you can enjoy culinary creations from the city’s finest restaurants in the heart of Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. We got to talk with Taste of Atlanta founder Dale Desena to learn more about what we can expect at this year's three-day foodie event.

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Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Restaurants, Community

Posted: October 16, 2013

Atlanta Startup Q&A: Kasim Reed

Great Q&A by Creative Loafing Atlanta with Mayor Kasim Reed on why he supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Atlanta: "[Startups are] Atlanta's next great generation of entrepreneurs. That's why I want them to stay here. ... We're trying to build a culture in Atlanta so that when people come here, they stay." Read more:

Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Ecosystem, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Startups

Posted: October 10, 2013

SCAD students participate in Midtown ATL Banner Design Challenge

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: 

Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Innovation, Collaboration, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Creativity

Posted: October 8, 2013

Let's Talk: Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and Energy Efficiency

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.

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Tags: Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green

Posted: October 7, 2013

Seen on the Street: Park(ing) Day

A couple of weeks ago, citizens worldwide participated in Park(ing) Day - an annual event where artists, activists, and citizens independently (but simultaneously) turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. A temporary park was set up by Georgia Tech's Student Planning Organization at Tech Square in Midtown ATL. The set-up included treats from King of Pops and a friendly bean bag toss competition.

Tags: Collaboration, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Placemaking, Creativity

Posted: October 4, 2013

The Magic of Hackathons

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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Tags: Midtown Alliance, Innovation, Collaboration, Hackathon, Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Startups, Community, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Events

Posted: September 30, 2013

Midtown ATL named Most Walkable Neighborhood by Creative Loafing Atlanta

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!:

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community, Walkability

Posted: September 19, 2013

Photos from Atlanta Streets Alive

An estimated 50,000 enjoyed a people-powered Peachtree Street yesterday -- the largest turnout yet -- for Atlanta Streets Alive, an open streets initiative by Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Here's some of our favorite pics from this weekend's event.

Tags: Bike, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Placemaking, Peachtree Street, Creativity

Posted: September 8, 2013

Midtown Restaurant Week Returns for 8th Year

Midtown Restaurant Week has returned for its eighth year. The week-long event will end on Sunday, September 15. Throughout this nine-day culinary event, you will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Midtown’s finest fare at exceptional prices. Recognized as one of Atlanta’s premiere culinary experiences, Midtown Restaurant Week allows diners to enjoy discounted menus from many of Midtown’s most celebrated establishments.

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Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Restaurants, Community

Posted: September 5, 2013

Celebrate 100 Years with Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets

This season marks the 100th anniversary for the Yellow Jackets on Grant Field – the oldest and most winning stadium in Division 1 collegiate football. Did you know that Georgia Tech’s all-time record at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is 447-187-21? Or that the Ramblin Wreck, a 1930 Ford Model A, has led the Georgia Tech Football team onto Grant Field for every home game since 1961? How about that no team has more rushing yards over the past five seasons than Georgia Tech?

You can celebrate all of this and more at the September 26 home game against Virginia Tech, a Thursday-night game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. To celebrate, Georgia Tech Athletics is offering Midtown Alliance members a special ticket price – save more than 60% with tickets as low as $15! Click here to purchase: or use promo code MIDTOWNATL13 at

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Tags: Atlanta, Events, Midtown ATL, Georgia Tech, Sports & Recreation

Posted: September 4, 2013

It's Georgia Telework Week


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

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Events, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Sustainability

Posted: August 19, 2013

Startup Stories: Lumense

What if you could improve your quality of life simply through the use of sensors? Impactful sensor technology—the power of which is compacted into a 1.4 cm by 2.8 cm strip of glass that can easily be held between your fingertips—has emerged from Georgia Tech’s research labs and is being used to help detect bio-chemical pathogens that may inhibit the quality of life. This is the genius of Lumense, a startup company based in Midtown Atlanta. The technology developed out of a grant-based commission by the federal government for detection of a broad mix of biological and chemical infiltrators in our food, water, and air supply. Through the Lumense sensors, we can gain an immediate sense of the quality of resources that are considered critical for human life.

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Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Ecosystem, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Economic Development, Startups

Posted: August 5, 2013

Atlanta BBC Salutes Top Midtown Performers

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.

Tags: Midtown Alliance, EcoDistrict, Collaboration, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Sustainability, Green

Posted: July 24, 2013

All the Buzz: GA Tech's VentureLab named #2 incubator worldwide

Congratulations to GA Tech startup incubator VentureLab for being named the second top University Business Incubator in the world. “This survey shows what Georgia Tech researchers and Atlanta entrepreneurs already know – that VentureLab is part of an innovation ecosystem that is spinning off startup companies to create exciting new ventures, jobs and economic value for the state of Georgia,” said Stephen Fleming, vice president at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. Read full article.

Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Ecosystem, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community

Posted: July 23, 2013

Business of Creativity: Q&A with Heather Alhadeff, founder of Center Forward

At our event this Thursday, July 25th, we will discuss the business of creativity. While it’s become a hot topic among notably big businesses such as Google and Apple, the concept is spreading. Organizations of all kinds, big and small, are beginning to realize the value of operationalizing creativity. Through our event, we’re hoping to take a little of the mystery out of it, and to create a conversation that gives our members a sense of what it means to be creative in their own businesses. 

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Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community, Placemaking, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Events

Posted: July 22, 2013

Revitalizing Atlanta's Unloved Buildings

Photo by: Batterman Photography

We love this article featured on HGTV's about local citizens and friends coming up with a plan to revitalize the city's abandoned buildings by putting them with talented artists. And our favorite part, is what they answered when asked what's unique about Atlanta: "Atlanta's syrupy and constantly changing; she's a really smart, edgy, kind-of moody teenager. We love it here. I sense this cosmopolitan almost-ness at every street corner. There is a strong, supportive entrepreneurial spirit in Atlanta." Check out the full article

Tags: Collaboration, History, Preservation, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Community, Placemaking, Creativity

Posted: July 19, 2013

The Business of Creativity: Interview with Tim Habeger, PushPush Theater

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. 

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Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Innovation, Collaboration, Events, Midtown ATL, Creativity, Midtown Alliance Events

Posted: July 17, 2013

On the Drawing Board: Connector Gateway Project

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.

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Collaboration, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Gateways, Bridges, Peachtree Street

Posted: July 8, 2013

On the Drawing Board: MARTA Transit Station Enhancement Plans

Created with flickr slideshow.

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.

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Tags: Arts, Midtown Alliance, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Urban Design, Community, Placemaking, MARTA

Posted: July 1, 2013

Best of Col. Wayne Mock

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: 

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Midtown ATL, Public Safety, Midtown Blue, Col. Wayne Mock

Posted: June 26, 2013

Did You Know?: The Atlanta Beltline almost didn't happen

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Tags: Development, Innovation, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Atlanta BeltLine, Urban Design, Economic Development, Sustainability, Green, Community, Placemaking

Posted: June 20, 2013

Seen On the Streets: Passing Time

"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

Tags: Midtown Alliance, History, Margaret Mitchell House, Midtown ATL, Urban Design, Community, Placemaking

Posted: June 14, 2013

Midtown Dialogue: Future of Work

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. 


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Tags: Midtown Alliance, Innovation, Hypepotamus, Collaboration, Ecosystem, Events, Midtown ATL

Posted: June 6, 2013

Midtown ATL - Did You Know?

Have you ever wondered what existed on the corner of Peachtree and Ponce prior to the Fox?

The last family to occupy the house that stood where the Fox Theatre is now located, was the Colonel Willis Eugene Ragan family. The Ragans took possession of the house in 1884 when the Greenbury Jonas Foreacre family left for Ohio. To learn more, read this post: 

Tags: History, Preservation, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Fox Theatre

Posted: May 23, 2013

Atlanta's Embracing Hackers

How data is transforming the City of Atlanta. Read on Creative Loafing Atlanta:

Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Hackathon, Ecosystem, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Community

Posted: May 22, 2013

Let's Talk: Atlanta Streets Alive

By Ashley-Grace Ramocan

Envision transforming Peachtree Street, for just a few hours, into a public park. The street—once filled with cars—is now swarming with people biking, walking, rollerblading, playing catch, popping cartwheels, or simply sitting back and people watching. It’s not a dream! Inspired by Ciclovia, an open streets event in Bogota, Colombia, Atlanta Streets Alive has become over the past four years a community favorite by placing a unique spin on the urban street experience.

On May 19th Peachtree Street will close to car traffic for 2.7 miles along Peachtree Street between Ellis Street in Downtown and Spring Street in Midtown from 2 to 6 pm as nearly 70,000 people hit the streets.  Streets Alive is a natural fit for Midtown Alliance and our goal to turn Midtown into a more exciting, sustainable and vibrant urban destination, and we’ll be hanging out at the corner of 10th and Peachtree in our new pocket park with lots of fun activities–but we’ll talk about that more at the end of this article.

In the meantime, we chatted with Atlanta Streets Alive event manager Matt Garbett of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition about why Streets Alive resonates so well with the Atlanta community.

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Tags: Bike, Events, Midtown ATL, Community, Placemaking

Posted: May 13, 2013

Startup Stories: Techturized

By Ashley-Grace Ramocan

I can certainly attest that a woman’s pride is in her hair. I cannot begin to tell you how many hours a week I spend on fixing my hair. I read through blogs that have answers to my questions about hair breakage. And I’ve definitely Googled “how to do a fishtail braid.” After almost 17 years of doing my hair without my mother’s help, I finally learned six months ago how to properly blow-dry my multi-ethnic hair by watching five DIY videos on YouTube. I have a basket on my dresser that’s overflowing with personal care products: hair spray, blow drying cream, shine serum, a curling iron and wand, two round brushes, three combs, over 250 bobby pins and counting, a dozen butterfly clips, and a range of leave-in conditioners that vary in height, color, and scent. To admit this is slightly embarrassing, but likely you have a similar scene somewhere in your home and may even have a Pinterest board that includes a couple of favorite hair styles you’re into (again, I secretly do).

With my apparent obsession for my hair, I’m sure you can understand my excitement and intrigue when I learned of a group of four young women turned entrepreneurs based out of Midtown Atlanta who were applying what they learned at Georgia Tech—computer science and chemical engineering—to the often tangled world of hair care, a $61 billion industry and major market in Atlanta. I got to meet up with Candace Mitchell, co-founder & CEO of Techturized—a startup exploring the endless possibilities of hair care technology—and chat about the company’s social network venture,

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Tags: Innovation, Collaboration, Midtown ATL, Startups

Posted: May 8, 2013

Fostering innovation and economic growth

By Shannon Powell

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.

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Tags: Development, Midtown Alliance, Innovation, Collaboration, Atlanta, Midtown ATL, Economic Development

Posted: April 19, 2013

Let's Talk: Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have been used in cities worldwide to create unique, flexible retail environments—a new model of development that provides an interesting compromise between temporary and permanent.  We chatted with plexus r+d President and architect Jordan Williams about how the planned shipping container for the Yumbii restaurant will be a special addition to Midtown’s retail landscape.

Jordan, tell us about the shipping container trend in retail environments and what makes them work so well?

Shipping containers are just now hitting the radar in Atlanta, but have been an increasingly popular component of architectural design and construction across the globe for the past two decades.  The use of containers in architectural design is growing because it strikes a chord with several of the dominant themes that frame design and development in contemporary culture. 

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Tags: Development, Midtown ATL, Restaurants, Urban Design, Pop-Up Shops, Retail

Posted: April 9, 2013

Midtown Gears Up for Change

By Dan Hourigan

There’s a movement, led in large part by Millennials, sweeping Atlanta and cities around the world that is changing the way we plan for cities.  No, I am not referring to smartphones, apps, or anything related to new technology.  In fact, this trend relies on technology that is nearly two hundred years old – the bicycle.

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Tags: Development, Bike, Midtown ATL, Transportation, Atlanta BeltLine, Bike Racks

Posted: March 27, 2013