New and expanded initiatives in the year ahead will continue to raise the bar on your street-level experience, as Midtown Alliance and its partners get to work on building out a slate of $15.7M in projects and programs. Here are just a few highlights from our 2018 work plan:
Doubling Down on Transportation Improvements that Emphasize Walkability
This year, more than 30 public improvement and activation projects will advance to various stages of planning and implementation, including intersection upgrades, streetscapes, transit station enhancements, two-way street conversions, the 15th Street extension, new traffic signals and more. Get more details here on projects coming soon to a street or plaza near you, including who’s providing the resources to make it happen and when each is expected to break ground.
Creating and Re-energizing Recreational Spaces
Recent zoning changes passed by Atlanta City Council in late-2017 include incentives for developers to include publicly-accessible open space in building projects moving forward. Progress also continues on a proposed linear park design that would run through the center of Midtown and knit together street corridors with Midtown’s three MARTA stations, featuring public art, street furniture and unique lighting along the route. In addition, Midtown Alliance is working with MARTA on new ways to activate the Midtown station, building off the success of our activations and enhancements at the MARTA Arts Center plaza.
Seizing the Day through Expanded Services on the Ground
Midtown Blue’s Public Safety Patrol team is growing, with the addition of two new staffers to increase coverage and decrease response times. Duties will expand as well to mitigate transportation issues (such as improperly parked vehicles and unpermitted lane closures) through increased enforcement and communication to impacted properties.
“This is an important year to advance many projects that will make a positive impact in the near-term on the way people experience Midtown,” said Midtown Alliance President and CEO Kevin Green. “We're working hard and excited for what's coming.”
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