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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


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Now in View: Progress on Atlanta's Peachtree Bridges

Week-by-week progress is being made on the two Peachtree Bridges that bookend Midtown Atlanta. Read More »

Tags: Urban Design, Gateways, Bridges, Peachtree Street, Midtown Alliance

Posted: September 12, 2016


Georgia Tech Students Envision “Eco Living Room” Model for Midtown’s Open Spaces

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 »

Tags: Midtown Alliance, Innovation, EcoDistrict, Urban Design, Sustainability, Creativity, Georgia Tech

Posted: July 5, 2016


Take A Tour of University House in Midtown

Tech Square continues to burnish its reputation in Midtown as the hot spot for startups and established companies interested in operating near Georgia Tech. Now, residents are also converging on the area, drawn to the energy surrounding next-gen thinkers and early-adopters. The combination of executives, entrepreneurs, students, professors and locals in this tech neighborhood makes for an interesting mix of partnerships and parties. Strategically nestled within walking distance of Tech Square are two new residential developments offering out-of-this world amenities for students and locals. Read More »

Tags: Development, Urban Design, Georgia Tech

Posted: August 26, 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


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


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


Atlanta, See It - Ponce City Market Tour


Last week we got a chance to tour the site of Ponce City Market, which will restore 1.1 million square feet of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Company building. Located right along the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, PCM is the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta to date: the site will soon feature 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 450,000 square feet of office space and 260 residential units. Check out the slideshow for some sights we saw while there. Learn more about this fascinating development project. 

Tags: Development, History, Preservation, Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine, Restaurants, Urban Design, Retail, Community

Posted: August 2, 2013


Revitalizing Atlanta's Unloved Buildings

Photo by: Batterman Photography

We love this article featured on HGTV's FrontDoor.com 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


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


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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


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 photos@midtownatl.com

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

Posted: June 14, 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