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Midtown Street Grid Helps Visually Impaired Navigate on Foot, But Challenges Remain
In celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act turning 30 this year, we’re talking with people about their experience using Midtown's transportation network. Meet Adam Hinchliffe, who is visually impaired and works in Midtown.
Selig Enterprises’ 1105 West Peachtree Already Transforming Midtown
We checked in with Steve Baile, President and Chairman of the Board, and Malloy Peterson, Senior Vice President of Development, about the project’s progress and how they have continued to stay on schedule during a difficult year for the construction industry.
As ADA Turns 30, Some Progress But Midtown Still Has Work to Do On Streets and Sidewalks
We recognize that some good work has been done, but many tenets of the ADA still have not been realized. That's why we are speaking with people whose experiences can help us improve the design of our transportation network.
The Fox Theatre Restoring Its ‘Heart and Soul’ During Shutdown
The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta has an energy of its own, standing at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue as a symbol of not only arts and culture but also public life. Due to COVID-19, that historic street corner has remained largely quiet since mid-March, with a silence that seems to permeate the district.
They’re Back: Shareable Scooters, Bikes, and e-Bikes Return to Atlanta
With the City’s updated regulations for scooter operators, a new-and-improved system for the shareable Relay bikeshare system, and new bike and scooter lanes coming online, summer 2020 is gearing up to be the summer of shared-use mobility.
LIT Lane Projects Present Opportunities to Reimagine Parking Spaces
Construction crews are currently hard at work transforming a section of Midtown’s fast-moving Spring Street to make way for a permanent new bicycle lane, with lane restriping that is scheduled to begin later this month. Work is planned to begin this fall on a similar project on West Peachtree Street, which runs parallel to Spring Street.
MARTA Doubles Down on Strategies to Bring Riders Back When Pandemic Subsides
MARTA stations are emptier than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but public transportation is still key to keeping the district accessible for all Atlantans. MARTA CEO and GM Jeffrey A. Parker spoke to us about how the agency is navigating these difficult times his thoughts on the future of the public transit industry.
Meet Midtown Green’s Andre Turner
By being out on the streets performing duties like trash and graffiti removal and landscaping, the Green team sees more of Midtown than the average person. For Green Team Member Andre “Dre” Turner, who has worked for Midtown Green since 2007, that means seeing the district transform into a denser, more urban place.
Construction on Midtown Hotel Continues During Industry-Wide Uncertainty
A hotel under construction on a historic corner of Midtown has stayed on schedule, despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy and hospitality industry. Noble Investment Group’s dual-branded hotel rises and will reach a height of 180 feet above the street level, or 14 stories, at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.
How Atlantic Yards Project Landed Microsoft Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Microsoft Corp. is making a major move into greater Midtown Atlanta while the economy is facing the worst economic fallout since the 1930’s due to COVID-19. But the promise of a robust talent pool from area universities, proximity to other tech giants like NCR Corp. and a history of successful public-private partnerships helped solidify Microsoft’s decision to put down roots in Midtown.
Midtown Restaurants Reopen for Dine-In Service With New Safety Protocols
We spoke with the owners of three Midtown restaurants — Steve Simon of Fifth Group Restaurants, including South City Kitchen, Ecco and Lure; Craig Richards of Lyla Lila; and Hugh Acheson of Empire State South— about these past few challenging months and their next chapters.
Meet Midtown Blue Public Safety Officer Terry Sadler
Although the public safety officers share the same job title, the public safety program allows each to focus on areas they are passionate about. Some PSOs have focused on homelessness and helping people with job placement. Terry Sadler, who has worked at Midtown Blue for four years, is particularly dedicated to helping at-risk youth.
High Museum of Art Welcomes Guests Back in July
Art provides entertainment, provokes thought, breaks down barriers and teaches people about different cultures. At a time when the world needs art more than ever, the High Museum is reopening its doors, and it’s ready to welcome people back in a safe and responsible way for everyone.
Midtown Receives $750K Grant From SRTA For 5th Street Complete Street Project
Proposed improvements include a two-way protected cycle track, mid-block pedestrian crossings, ADA compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, new and upgraded traffic, bike and pedestrian signals and enhanced protection and increased visibility of Light Individual Transportation (LIT) lanes.
June 2020 DRC Recap: Cousins, Portman Present Updates for Tower Projects
The Midtown Development Review Committee hosted their second virtual meeting on June 9 and saw follow-up presentations from two projects, which combined will bring more than a million square feet of new office space to Midtown.
Arts and Cultural Organizations Expand Reach by Going Virtual
The Center for Puppetry Arts and Whole World Improv Theatre are making the most of their time offstage to expand their virtual offerings. They're finding out an online platform provides endless possibilities and a reach far beyond the boundaries of Midtown.
Midtown Green Adds Daily Disinfecting Detail to Public Right-of-Way Cleaning
Midtown Alliance’s Midtown Green team is stepping up its disinfecting and sanitization efforts in preparation for everyone’s return to the district, whenever that might be. In the past several weeks, the maintenance and operations team started acquiring equipment and supplies to sanitize surfaces in the public right-of-way like trash cans, pedestrian beacon buttons and benches.
Getting Tested for COVID-19: Why You Should Do It, and What to Expect
The Georgia Department of Public Health is now encouraging everyone to get tested in order to assess the scope and breadth of the pandemic’s reach. There are numerous locations available to get tested in and around Midtown, with or without symptoms.
May DRC Recap: Portman Presents Plans for Historic Funeral Home
Portman on May 12 presented plans for the site of the historic H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel building. The funeral chapel building will serve as the centerpiece for a mixed-use project with a hotel, office, retail and residential space.
With City Under Lockdown, Crime in Midtown Drops Significantly
Without question, the circumstances are unique. But a recent snapshot shows how crime is shifting. Part 1 Crimes in the Midtown Improvement District are down 14 percent this year compared to the same point in time in 2019, according to statistics from APD.
Cafe Intermezzo Exceeds Food Drive Goal By Providing 28K Meals
After helping to promote Cafe Intermezzo's event on social media, one of our staffers volunteered Friday and Saturday to help unload trucks and pack boxes of food for those out-of-work in the food service industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what her experience was like and how the event turned out.
Midtown Restaurants Adjust to New Requirements During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way all companies do business, at least temporarily, but the restaurant industry is likely making the hardest adjustments of all in order to flatten the curve and keep their staff and customers safe.
Be Our Guest: Market Study Examines Who’s Visiting Midtown
Some of the hottest cultural events in the City of Atlanta in 2019 took place in Midtown, including Atlanta Pride Festival at Piedmont Park and Yayoi Kusama’s sold-out Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the High Museum. And the popularity of Midtown’s attractions with visitors showed in a late 2019 data-gathering study.
Arts Center MARTA Station Enhancements Underway
A mural by local artist Stacie Rose is just the first step in a major placemaking project that is a result of an ongoing partnership between MARTA and Midtown Alliance. Rose said the vibrant colors and design were inspired by the hustle and bustle of Midtown and by the station itself, which is the busiest MARTA station in the district.
Midtown Alliance Replaces Dozens of Street Trees in the District
Over the past few weeks, Midtown Alliance has replaced 31 street trees in the district. The replacements were necessary after previous trees were removed by other entities, had been stuck by automobiles or simply failed to thrive in the urban environment.
Midtown Blue More Than Doubles Number of Public Right-of-Way Cameras
Midtown Alliance’s video surveillance system in the public right-of-way is getting a major upgrade in 2020. By the end of the first quarter, the total number of cameras in the Midtown Blue public safety program will more than double from 54 to 140.
Midtown Transportation Reaches Over 100k Transit Passes Sold Last Year
While the Transit Pass Program has seen steady growth since its inception, the recent milestone of over 100,000 transit passes sold in 2019, an increase of 16% from 2018, marks an exciting moment in Midtown’s growth and its commitment to transit.
Hanover Presents Plans For 40-Story Mixed-Use Tower
The Midtown Development Review Committee finished out the year with presentations for three new projects, ranging from a modest addition to SCAD’s Digital Media Center, a new 20-story student housing project and a new 40-story mixed-use tower near the Arts Center MARTA Station.
In the News
- October 2020
- CBRE Reveals Vision for Phase II Renovations to Tower Square in MidtownWhat Now Atlanta | Oct 13, 2020
- September 2020
- Midtowners Can ‘Book a Sweat’ at SweatHouz Infrared Sauna Studio Starting Sept. 25What Now Atlanta | Sep 20, 2020
- August 2020
- Georgia Tech plans $750M expansion of Technology Enterprise Park; would create 5,000 jobsBiz Chronicle | Aug 18, 2020
- July 2020
- Rockefeller Group pays near record price for one of Midtown's prime high-rise development sitesBiz Chronicle | Jul 28, 2020Resilience During the Pandemic: The Center for Puppetry Arts Continues Its Storytelling MagicSaporta Report | Jul 20, 2020StreetLights Names Midtown Tower Adjacent St. Mark United Methodist ‘The Hadley,’ Breaks GroundWhat Now Atlanta | Jul 15, 2020Rockefeller Group, Selig Enterprises form joint venture on Midtown luxury condo towerBiz Chronicle | Jul 15, 2020Midtown's Complete Streets effort among three projects in metro Atlanta to receive state fundingSaporta Report | Jul 11, 2020
- June 2020
- AT&T selling CNN Center, eventually relocating CNN to Ted Turner Campus in MidtownAJC | Jun 29, 2020Law firm signs major lease at Bank of America Plaza, continues area’s momentumBiz Chronicle | Jun 15, 2020Board promotes managing director to lead Center for Puppetry Arts, which nears reopeningBiz Chronicle | Jun 8, 2020
- May 2020
- Colony Square Installing UVC Lighting In Offices To ‘Purify and Destroy Airborne Bio-Contaminants’What Now Atlanta | May 4, 2020Tech companies still poised for expansion in Midtown, filling up new office spaceBiz Chronicle | May 1, 2020
- April 2020
- Georgia Tech alum plays role in bringing free COVID-19 testing to universityBiz Chronicle | Apr 13, 2020
- March 2020
- Applause erupts from Midtown balconies every night as a 'thank you' to healthcare workers, first responders11 Alive | Mar 22, 2020Local theater’s costume department shifts gears to make face masks for hospitalsWSB-TV | Mar 22, 2020New 33-story Midtown project secures over $100M in construction financingBiz Chronicle | Mar 16, 2020How a new $50M residential project fits on a rapidly developing block in MidtownBiz Chronicle | Mar 10, 2020How a 34-story tower will transform Midtown HQ of Big Brothers, Big SistersBiz Chronicle | Mar 6, 2020
- February 2020
- Georgia Tech alum pledges $18M, new Tech Square tower to be named for himBiz Chronicle | Feb 10, 2020
- January 2020
- Biz Chronicle: Commercial Real Estate Activity in Midtown Highest in DecadesBiz Chronicle | Jan 31, 2020
- December 2019
- Portman buys landmark Midtown funeral home, will develop property with multiple towersBiz Chronicle | Dec 23, 2019
- November 2019
- Microsoft moving new jobs into Midtown as larger potential expansion loomsBiz Chronicle | Nov 27, 2019