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Dynamic Districts: Midtown + Downtown Moving on All Cylinders 

The real estate community convened on Wednesday, June 19th for insights into what’s ahead for two of Atlanta’s most dynamic districts. The takeaway? “Downtown and Midtown are where you can already see our City’s dynamic future taking root,” explained Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “These districts are moving on all cylinders.”

City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Following a rousing intro by the Mayor, Midtown Alliance’s Kevin Green and Central Atlanta Progress’ AJ Robinson sat down to discuss the leading projects and priorities in their business districts.

“We’re a city that’s growing population, growing jobs, growing investment, at an unprecedented level,” said Green. “The fiscal house is in order, and we got money to invest in infrastructure. That is a wonderful place to be.”

"Fireside Chat" discussion with Midtown Alliance's Kevin Green and Central Atlanta Progress' AJ Robinson

Green also hit on some major projects in the works in Midtown that will reinforce the district’s assets and reputation as a livable, multimodal environment, including the one-mile Juniper Street “green” streetscape, complete streets improvements to the paired Spring and West Peachtree Streets, and a unique pedestrian-focused experience along the Art Walk, a pedestrian-friendly promenade connecting MARTA’s Arts Center Station to Midtown Station via Peachtree Walk and extend in a future phase to the North Avenue Station.

Concept Rendering of The Art Walk

Robinson talked about on the shared goals of both Community Improvement Districts to make these core areas of Atlanta more livable and encourage the “rediscovery” of urban experiences, touching on game-changing future projects like The Stitch, which will deliver more greenspace to the area and reconnect the urban fabric where Downtown and Midtown meet.

“Covering that part of the highway which was split in the 1950s will create a dynamic environment between Midtown and Downtown that doesn’t exist today,” said Robinson. 

Robinson and Green ended on a discussion of the possibilities for the SONO (South of North Avenue) District--an overlap area between Midtown and Downtown--now that the Peachtree-Pine Shelter is closing. Future investments to catalyze the area’s transformation include the redevelopment of the 18-acre Civic Center site, enhancements to the Civic Center MARTA Station, and the future Stitch project.

Concept Rendering of The Stitch 

We're excited to share more details about these projects as they develop. To learn more, check out Midtown Alliance's projects and initiatives here

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Posted: July 18, 2017

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