Public Space Improvements

Midtown Alliance, with the financial support of the Midtown Improvement District (MID), is working to ensure that Midtown is safe, connected, and desirable for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike.  Over the last 12 years, the MID has contributed over $20 million to leverage more than $400 million in public and private funding to:

  • Construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements
  • Enhance transit accessibility and traffic flow
  • Provide needed public park spaces, and
  • Carry out other special projects

These investments have transformed Midtown’s major corridors with new sidewalks and bicycle facilities, decorative lighting, street trees, landscaping, improved crosswalks, and traffic signal management - all of which reinforce the district’s strong urban identity. Midtown Alliance continues to implement capital improvements and sponsor special projects to maintain and enhance the district.

Learn the status of capital projects currently under construction, projects recently completed, or look ahead to future projects planned:

Pedestrian and Bicycle Corridor Project

Since 2001, Midtown Alliance has facilitated the design and construction of pedestrian and bicycle enhancements throughout the district.  Our improvement projects in 10 major corridors have resulted in:

  • Over 14 miles of new sidewalks;
  • Approximately 4 miles of new planned and constructed bicycle facilities;
  • More than 700 new street and pedestrian lights;
  • Over 720 shade trees planted within public right of ways; and
  • Three new public plazas along Atlanta’s signature corridor, Peachtree Street

Current Project Highlight:  10th Street Cycle Track
In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the PATH Foundation, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., a two-way separated bicycle facility was implemented on 10th Street from Piedmont Avenue to Monroe Drive. The improvement connects the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail to Piedmont Park, the Midtown Business District, MARTA’s Midtown rail station, and other area bicycle facilities.

Midtown Alliance continues to pursue an aggressive slate of short-term and long-term pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

Transportation

Midtown Alliance undertook its largest transportation study yet to examine districtwide mobility beginning in January 2016. Through this study, Midtown Alliance is seeking to ensure the area’s long-term vitality, reinforce transit investments, and manage vehicle traffic while continuing to offer a quality environment for walking and biking.   Over the last 9 months, with input from thousands of people in-person and online, we have assessed needs, evaluated and prioritized projects, and identified programs and strategies to create an action plan for implementation. We encourage you to learn more about the challenge this plan will address, view the planning process, read about existing plans and trends in mobility from across the country, and stay connected on plan updates.

Midtown Alliance has already been addressing many of these opportunities through existing programs, including:

  • the Midtown Transportation Operations Program,  in partnership with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), which is optimizing more than 100 traffic signals throughout the district
  • our public space improvement plans, which have led to more than 14 miles of new tree-lined sidewalks and 5 miles of connected bike lanes, with more on the way
  • Midtown Alliance’s dedicated Midtown Transportation team that works with employers and commuters to make commuting by transit, bike, carpool, vanpool or foot easier and more convenient

Parks and Plaza Projects 

Over the last eight years, Midtown Alliance has designed new parks and plazas including the Arts Center Plaza at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 15th, Ponce Triangle at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Peachtree Street, and refurbishment of the Athletes of the World monument and greenspace at the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree Streets, and a new "button park" in partnership with the Atlanta History Center at 10th and Peachtree St.  Midtown’s temporary and “pop-up” parks on vacant development sites include a new greenspace at the corner of 18th and West Peachtree Street across from the John Marshall Law School.

Current Project Highlight:  10th Street Temporary Pocket Park
Midtown Alliance and Dewberry Capital Corporation have partnered to create an infill green space at the corner of Peachtree Street and 10th Street.  This pocket park provides a community gathering place along Atlanta’s signature corridor and includes sustainable landscape plantings and interactive games.  A temporary public art installation enhances the park’s visibility.  This project is part of an ongoing Midtown Alliance strategy to take vacant land and make improvements to turn these properties in community amenities until such time as the property is ready for development.  

Special Projects & Enhancements

No capital improvements effort is complete without a maintenance strategy and continued efforts to enhance the environment.  Midtown Alliance regularly partners with the city, local businesses, institutions, and organizations to keep our urban district clean, green, and safe.  These special projects include:

  • Routine pavement maintenance, including sidewalk repairs, paver replacements, and driveway/ramp repairs.
  • Landscape management, from tree planting and replacement, to water-wise gardens, tree well adoption, flower pots, and median landscaping.
  • Multi-modal enhancements:  transit stop improvements and bicycle rack installations.
  • Management of trash and recycling, as well as placement of new receptacles.
  • Public art.
  • Amenities and urbanism initiatives including installation of Little Free Library locations.

Read about more of our future projects and enhancements making Midtown the heartbeat of Atlanta. Our monthly Capital Projects Update covers what's under construction in the neighborhood.