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Fine Figures: 2017 District Highlights

Midtown momentum exists on every block, but these are some of the data points that defined the district in 2017.

Posted: December 6, 2017


Major development projects currently under construction (21) or proposed (12) inside a 1.2 square mile area.



Major projects delivered in 2017, including: One Museum Place, Broadstone Midtown, Post Midtown, Modera, AMLI Arts Center, WeWork, Payscape, and NCR global HQ due to open in January 2018.


Estimated total new jobs announced for Midtown since January. This has been an active year for our partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Invest Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, punctuated by accolades from Site Selection magazine that ranked Georgia as the best state for business for the fifth consecutive year.


Projects in planning, engineering or construction, including intersection upgrades, streetscapes, Art Walk, transit station enhancements, two-way street conversions, 15th Street extension, new traffic signals and more.


Funding commitments from outside sources for these projects. The City of Atlanta, RENEW Atlanta Bond Program, City of Atlanta T-SPLOST, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta Regional Commission, Woodruff Foundation and many other private entities are investing in a big way in Midtown’s future.


Total discounted monthly transit passes sold by Midtown Alliance’s Midtown Transportation team in 2017 to workplaces, up 13% from the prior year. Yes, the I-85 collapse drew more people to ride transit. MARTA, Xpress, Gwinnett County Transit and Cobb Community Transit came through for the region when it was needed the most. But the carryover effect in Midtown post-repair has been more lasting than people may realize. November transit pass sales to Midtown employers are up +1,000 passes compared to April during the I-85 closure. This is good news, as Midtown transit ridership continues to grow.


Midtown residents and workers met with City of Atlanta mayoral and City Council candidates at two “Let’s Talk Midtown” events held in the weeks prior to the election. These unscripted meetings gave the candidates valuable facetime in front of the Midtown community to discuss everything from transportation to affordable housing.


Midtown residents and workers engaged in meetings, charrettes and surveys that informed the Blueprint Midtown 3.0 and the new SPI-16 zoning changes that resulted from our latest update to the community master plan. Following the Blueprint 3.0 action plan that was published early in 2017, these zoning updates were presented to neighborhood groups and ultimately approved by the Atlanta City Council in the fall. The next projects that get built in Midtown will be guided by these priorities, which are meant to improve the street-level experience.


Crime reported in the Midtown Improvement District (MID) in 2017 that was classified as nonviolent property crime. In recent years, this figure has stayed very consistent. But there’s more work to be done, and the team at Midtown Blue together with the Atlanta Police Department are on it. See this related story about how to keep safe during this holiday season.  


Decrease in violent crime reported in the MID versus 2016.


Total square footage of Midtown office buildings participating in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, an effort led by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience and supported by Midtown Alliance, Central Atlanta Progress and Southface. The program received national recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 for its best practices.


Additional bikes added to the City’s Relay Bike Share network, featuring a dozen stations around Midtown. Do you know where the nearest Relay Bike station is?


Years of transformational change in Midtown, with the milestone anniversary of Midtown Alliance’s origins coming up in early-2018.  

Keep up with more news about Midtown’s outstanding year and get ready for what’s next.

Watch for more info in our 2017 annual report, which will publish in February. And stay in the loop about what’s coming next for Midtown by attending our events, designed to build community and connect you to the issues we all care about. Look for more news soon on the lineup of mixers, events and tours being planned for 2018. 

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