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Defining Buckhead

For decades, Buckhead has been synonymous with top-tier shopping and restaurants, and anyone who lives here can attest that the reputation is well-earned. From upscale restaurants serving experimental cuisine to casual cafes with a down-home flavor, you’ll find it in Buckhead. Buckhead is also home to the Southeast’s most upscale shopping options at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and Buckhead Village District.

Recent years have seen Buckhead building a new reputation for itself as a walkable, wellness-focused community. PATH400—a multi-use trail connecting a growing network of parks and trails across Buckhead—has given local runners, walkers, and bikers a new exercise option just steps from their front doors. Improvements along Peachtree have created an inviting environment for walking along this signature street, and there are exciting plans to continue transforming Buckhead into a more walkable, connected community. This ongoing transformation is attracting residents and workers of diverse ages, racial identities, income levels, and other characteristics.

Visitors are drawn to Buckhead by the Atlanta History Center and Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, decorative arts showrooms, and fine art galleries. No introduction is complete, however, without a ride through the beautiful, tree-lined roads of stately homes on rolling landscapes.

Buckhead is a collection of neighborhoods surrounding a major business core—commercial structures that provide the amenities of convenient dining, shopping, entertainment, employment, and rapid transit. A University of Georgia study described Buckhead as a consumer market representing “the largest concentration of income and buying power to be found in the southern United States.”

This business center has been defined by GeorgiaTrend magazine as a “suburban downtown,” and by Washington Post author Joel Garreau as an “edge city.” This is dramatically evident from its separate skyline of office buildings, hotels, high-rise condominiums, and apartment towers.

Buckhead has approximately 90 million square feet of commercial real estate, of which 43.3 million is multi-family, and 23 million is office space. Other attributes include 5,992 hotel rooms, an estimated 1,500 retail outlets, and over 300 dining establishments. In each category, it most often enjoys the highest occupancy rates in the city. In addition, Buckhead is proud of the estimated $56.8 billion in economic impact dollars, and the 294,000 jobs supported by that output for Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Buckhead is also a center for religious activity. Among the many faiths represented are the largest Presbyterian congregation and the largest Episcopal Church in the United States.

The area is home to 13 private schools, Shepherd Center (the nation’s largest spinal disorder rehabilitation hospital), Bobby Jones Golf Course, and other significant institutions and public facilities.

Transportation modes include two transit rail lines, three transit rail stations, nine bus routes, two U.S. highways, two interstate highways, and nine state highways.

An estimated 101,564 people live in Buckhead, and its daytime population is estimated to be more than 170,000.

In 2011, the Buckhead Coalition arranged a “Sister Community” relationship between Buckhead and the beautiful British is and of Bermuda. Bermuda is 21 square miles with a population of just over 64,000; Buckhead is 28 square miles with direct air service from Atlanta to the picturesque mid-Atlantic Island.

Buckhead as a Shopping Mecca

In 1959, the business of retailing changed directions—not how the merchandise was designed or how it was priced, not even how it was displayed, but where it would meet the customer. Ed Noble, the investor from Oklahoma with considerable oil money, decided the community of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, would be his testing-ground for significant suburban shopping. His retail research of savvy statistical data and his sophisticated salesmanship convinced Dick Rich, president of what was then the South’s major downtown retail store—Rich’s—to open his first suburban operation in Buckhead at Noble’s Lenox Square.

This key retail anchor ensured the success of the major shopping mall, which Simon Properties now owns, along with Phipps Plaza, a separate and expansive mall diagonally across the street. With the eventual closing of Rich’s downtown store and subsequently Macy’s major store—also from downtown—this type of merchandising was forever changed in Atlanta.

Now add to this our newest mixed-use destination for retail called Buckhead Village District, an extensive pedestrian-welcoming development at Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads, purchased in 2019 by Jamestown. There is no mystery why our hotels, restaurants, and gas stations do big volumes on weekends, as this is a drive destination where it is estimated 40 percent of the patronage comes from more than 100 miles away.

Referencing its 28 square miles, Buckhead brags of having 1,500 retail stores. There is no questioning its claim to being “the retail mecca of the Southeast.”

Buckhead as a Center for Entrepreneurs and Incubators

An earlier edition of the Buckhead Guidebook extended a welcoming hand of applause to its budding niche of incubators and entrepreneurs. Yes, this community of 45 neighborhoods of 100,000+ residents calls attention to Tech—Georgia Tech, that is—to ready for the newest player in all things tech: Buckhead!

Organizations like the Buckhead Coalition are forever massaging its brand, and now it can step forward to claim a growing share of what’s new—and isn’t even yet on the drawing board—in high tech. Not satisfied being the retail mecca of the Southeast, the dining room of our state, the nightclub of the region, and the art gallery of the city, Buckhead continues to offer welcome and opportunity to newcomers with new ideas and envelope-pushing possibilities.

With Atlanta Tech Village and similar nearby developments, there are paperless business models where space is rented by the human foot, not the square foot. It makes sense, doesn’t it, that the more people, the greater the demand for business space? Here, with the wider boulevards and cooling tree canopy, the overall quality of life continues to hold wide appeal and sustains Buckhead’s growth.

As businesses innovate and expand, relocate, and start anew, developers in the industry are addressing the need to house the labor market, which we see happening with new apartments, new and innovative office space, funky new hotels, and pop-up shops—something for everyone, as we in Buckhead like to say.

Getting in and around Buckhead

GA400: The Hospitality Highway

Signs on the Lenox Road “Loop,” Interstate 85, and GA400 officially designate GA400 the “Hospitality Highway” by the State of Georgia as a special area for tourists’ road-traveling pleasure.

This limited-access highway runs from Atlanta 60 miles north to Dahlonega and, indeed, affords tourists abundant opportunities for pleasant road traveling. It starts in the southeastern corner of Buckhead near I-85 and Sidney Marcus Boulevard, and winds through six roadside communities: Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming/Forsyth, Dawsonville, and Dahlonega. Buckhead’s involvement is sponsored by the Buckhead Hotel Council with coordination from the Buckhead Coalition. Other partners are the Convention & Visitors Bureaus in each community.

Buckhead’s membership is particularly valuable because of the growing impact of the tourism it generates. Buckhead is home to 5,992 hotel rooms, approximately 1,500 retail shops, which include the largest malls in the Southeast—Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza—and Buckhead’s newest shopping destination, the Buckhead Village District. Buckhead has more than 300 dining and drinking establishments, more than 60 art galleries, none to overshadow the newly renovated Atlanta History Center, with its museums, antebellum estates, classically manicured gardens, and now, Atlanta’s famously restored art treasure, Cyclorama.

Public Transportation

Buckhead is served by MARTA’s North and Northeast Rail Lines with three stations connecting to eight bus routes. Rail Stations are Lindbergh Center Station (N6), Buckhead Station (N7), and Lenox Station (NE7). Georgia Bus Line routes in Buckhead are: Buford Highway, Sidney Marcus Boulevard, and Lindbergh Center Station.

Driving Through Buckhead: Civil War Heritage Trail

See Buckhead on this historic driving route, from Peachtree Dunwoody Road, at Sandy Springs/Atlanta City limits, south to Peachtree Road, southwest to West Paces Ferry Road, west to Moores Mill Road, southwest to Howell Mill Road, south to Peachtree Battle Road, east to Peachtree Road, north to Lindbergh Drive, east to Lavista Road, east to Fulton/DeKalb county limits.

Interpretive Civil War markers include (#25) Battle of Peach Tree Creek along Peachtree Battle (be- tween Howell Mill and Northside), and (#26) Peach Tree Creek Crossing along Peachtree (between Peachtree Battle and Lindbergh).

Take the Road Less Traveled

Buckhead is teeming with greenspaces that allow bikers, skaters, and walkers/runners to travel throughout the community:

Northside Trail

The Northside Trail alongside Bobby Jones Golf Course (see map) is a favorite for its pleasant greenspace. This trail meanders from the back of Colonial Homes and Bobby Jones Golf Course through Tanyard Creek Park to Ardmore Park. It’s an extremely pleasant amble through lots of shady, serene green space in the Collier Hills and Ardmore Park neighborhoods. Having opened in April 2010, it offers a nice linkage of parks and playgrounds, but not a lot of art and no dining or retail options unless you go out of your way to Peachtree Street. Expect an atmosphere more like one of the many PATH trails in the adjacent Peachtree Bat- tle area rather than the Eastside Trail. PATH has extended its trail along the golf-course side of Northside Drive with an extension along Woodward Way that provides a complete “loop” around the Bobby Jones Golf Course and pathway to the BeltLine Tanyard Creek trail.

Tanyard Creek Park

For visitors to the one-mile-long North- side BeltLine Trail, Tanyard Creek Park makes a convenient mid-point, with Peachtree Creek and shady trees pro- viding a tranquil backdrop for a picnic. The park also subtly commemorates the Battle of Peachtree Creek through six arge, historical markers that recount the conflict’s death toll and its role in the course of the Civil War. Without brushing against contentious politics, the markers provide a sober history lesson in an undeniably idyllic location.

Northside-Peachtree-Piedmont

The Lindbergh region is a high-traffic convergence of Piedmont Avenue and its contributing streets linking Midtown and Buckhead. Lindbergh Station, one of MARTA’s busiest, serves the middle-c ass singles and couples who live nearby. The Brookwood community offers high-end, gated brick and Colonial Homes just a three-wood swing or less from Peachtree Road. On the southeast fringe of Buckhead, Peachtree Hills offers an eclectic respite from the area’s dense traffic with a novel array of antique shops, cafes, and bungalows featuring quirky gardens and exterior decorations. The mile-long BeltLine Northside Trail effectively connects Bobby Jones Golf Course, Atlanta Memorial Park, and Ardmore Park.

Eat, See, Play, and Stay in Buckhead

Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor planning a vacation to Buckhead or a resident looking for a staycation, there is no shortage of places to eat, see, play, and stay in the area.

Dining

Buckhead is known as “the dining room of Georgia.” There are nearly 300 establishments serving food and beverages in the community, including many nationally acclaimed for excellence. Aria and La Grotta are both recipients of AAA’s Four Diamond award. Of the top eight metropolitan Atlanta restaurant revenue producers, 63 percent are located in Buckhead, and more than a third of the 16 restaurants in all of metropolitan Atlanta that are 25 years old or older are in Buckhead. There is something for everyone’s taste and wallet.

The following is just a bite of what Buckhead has to offer. Call ahead for details such as hours of operation, reservation requirements, fare, and any COVID-19 pandemic restrictions:

Vine Vault: Buckhead is home to one of two Vine Vault locations in the country. Besides being a highly secured space for wines appraised as high as five figures, the company offers every service imaginable for oenophiles with means.

Good Measure Meals: Fresh, ready-to-eat gourmet meal plans are available for pickup at six Buckhead locations.

McKinnon’s Louisiane: Buckhead’s famed Cajun/Creole restaurant has a mystic attraction for anxious, expectant mothers. Now in its 49th year, the proprietor estimates that hundreds of women who have eaten the McKinnon’s stuffed eggplant on or after their due date have given birth within 48 hours. Those who don’t get a $25 gift certificate.

The “House” Tour: Visit all the dining “houses” of Buckhead with breakfast at The White House, lunch at Swan Coach House, dinner at The Treehouse, and a late-night snack at Waffle House.

Sightseeing

More than 50 years ago, a tradition was born in Atlanta: The Pink Pig. Since its 1950s debut as a holiday ride at the Rich’s downtown store to its brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, Priscilla the Pink Pig has become a tradition in Atlanta for more than five generations. Join us this year at Macy’s Lenox Square for our annual tradition, November through January.

Here are eight other must-see sights in Buckhead:

Atlanta Cyclorama

Also referred to as The Battle of Atlanta painting, this hyperbolic artifact, one of only three remaining in the U.S., was created in 1886 as a tribute to Northern victory at the close of the American Civil War and was moved to Atlanta in 1892 where it has since relocated from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center.

Atlanta History Center

One of the nation’s largest history museums, this 33-acre complex includes an 83,000-square-foot museum featuring exhibits on the Civil War, folk crafts, Black enterprise, Jewish legacies, and more. Other noteworthy components include The Swan House, an elegant 1928 classically styled Italianate mansion; McElreath Hall, featuring a research library, archives and alternating exhibits; the Swan Woods Trail, and seven different gardens with educational or historical themes; and much more.

Battle of Peachtree Creek Audio Driving Tour

This map and CD take the listener back to the Civil War battle fought around Peachtree Creek. Hear the stories of real people who fought, music of the era, and the sounds of war while cruising through a beautiful Buckhead neighborhood. Driving time is approximately 25 minutes.

Centennial Olympic Games Exhibit

This exhibit at the Atlanta History Center explores the full legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games of 1996, including how the city won the Games, how the Games changed Atlanta, a day-by-day chronology, heroes and special moments, event-specific results and records, the global context of the Games, and the ongoing legacy.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

This is the only museum dedicated to Georgia’s contemporary artists and art history.

Fort Peach Tree

This 15-acre greenspace, a replica of the original, first non-Indian settlement in Atlanta, was built by the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management as part of the bicentennial celebration. The fort was originally constructed on this site in 1814 during the War of 1812 by 1st Lt. George Rockingham Gilmer, later a two-term Georgia governor, to protect the “frontier” of Georgia from the Creek Indians who were allied with the British. This area has been recreated for tourists in a diorama located inside the fort, which was scaled from an 1890 topographical map.

Governor’s Mansion

A Greek Revival home built in 1967, the mansion is a showcase of neoclassical interior design with Federal period furnishings representing one of the country’s finest collections. The first floor may be toured by the public, and includes the library, state dining room, drawing room, family living room, family dining room, guest bedroom, and circular hallway.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

A quality attraction consisting of 32,000 square feet of excitement, LEGOLAND provides another great experience for visitors and locals, young and old. With its 4-D cinema, LEGO rides, playful interactive exhibits, and educational themes, you won’t want to miss building your own Buckhead skyline.

Play Outside

Bobby Jones Golf Course

Bobby Jones Golf Course is a revolutionary new golf course design featuring multiple tees and large double greens, sometimes even presenting two hole locations. Most days, the Azalea Course or Magnolia Course offers players nine holes with multiple tee and pin combinations, providing 18 unique holes. Occasionally, on select weekends and holidays, the brilliance of the Bobby Jones Golf Course layout showcases both the Azalea and Magnolia nines in a reversible 18-hole experience. Whether playing nine, 18, or 27 holes, the new Bobby Jones Golf Course can challenge both the avid and the casual golfer.

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

Old and new meet at historic Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, the crown jewel of the City of Atlanta tennis centers. Built in 1952, Bitsy Grant has evolved greatly over the past several years. In 2012, the historic clubhouse underwent a complete restoration, and in 2018, the new Ralph Foster Hard Courts opened adjacent to Northside Drive. Bitsy Grant’s 13 clay courts and 12 new hard courts make it the largest public tennis facility in the metro Atlanta area.

Lodging

Buckhead has 5,992 hotel rooms. There are eight luxury hotels:

AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes 4-star

  • The Whitley
  • The St. Regis Hotel (Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 #1 Business Hotel in the World)

AAA 4-Diamond

  • The Grand Hyatt**
  • JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead**
  • W Buckhead**
  • The Westin Buckhead Atlanta**

Forbes 4-star and AAA 4-Diamond

  • The InterContinental Hotel**
  • The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead

**Cater kosher events.

Building momentum in Buckhead

To say that 2020 was a year of unprecedented events is to vastly understate the transformations that took place in nearly every facet of life. Buckhead went through its share of changes, and while some challenges remain, there are many people in this community working to ensure that we emerge from the pandemic and economic downturn even stronger than before. These efforts are already building momentum on several fronts:

More Unified Leadership

In mid-2020, the Buckhead Coalition (read below for more information on the Buckhead Coalition), Buckhead Business Association, Buckhead Community Improvement District, and Livable Buckhead aligned portions of their operations. As that partnership continues in 2021, it is facilitating greater cooperation across Buckhead and Atlanta, enabling more effective responses to pressing issues.

Improving Infrastructure

Four major projects will break ground in Buckhead’s commercial core this year—the final phase of Peachtree Road’s transformation; a roundabout at Phipps Boulevard and Wieuca Road; widening of Piedmont Road between Lenox Road and Peachtree; and the first phase of complete street improvements on Lenox Road. In addition, streetscape improvements in the West Village will be completed in 2021.

Progress on Parks and Trails

Buckhead’s transformational PATH400 multi-use trail is now 80 percent complete, and its next major section north of Wieuca Road will break ground in late 2021. Another major greenspace project, HUB404, has emerged from hibernation and plans to enter design and engineering this year.

There are many other good signs on the horizon for Buckhead, such as thriving commercial and residential real estate markets, as well as a growing base of well-respected brands and innovative technology companies. The foundation for success has been laid, and Buckhead is building momentum.

About the Buckhead Coalition

Playing a major role in building Buckhead’s momentum is the Buckhead Coalition, an influential nonprofit civic association that operates much like a chamber of commerce for the Buckhead community. The Buckhead Coalition’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the community within the city of Atlanta and metropolitan region; to support the well-being of Buckhead’s residents, businesses, and visitors; to convene public and private sector leaders and partner organizations; and to connect Buckhead to other areas of the city and region.

In 2020, the Buckhead Coalition created a formal working relationship with three other prominent Buckhead organizations—Buckhead Community Improvement District, Livable Buckhead, and Buckhead Business Association—in order to create a more unified and integrated approach to local leadership. The Buckhead CID now operates as a program of the Buckhead Coalition, while Livable Buckhead and the Buckhead Business Association remain independent organizations that closely collaborate with both the Coalition and the CID. Each organization brings its own strengths, but they share a common purpose: making Buckhead a vibrant community that is welcoming for business, residents, and visitors alike.

The Coalition works closely with local government representatives and safety officers, and also exchanges information with various neighborhood associations and other citizen groups. It was incorporated on August 30, 1988, and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit civic organization. It is under the leadership of Jim Durrett, president and CEO, and Dave Stockert, chairman.

27 facts to know about the community of Buckhead

Buckhead has a long history, with the area first occupied by Cherokee and Creek Indians, farmers, hunters, traders, and warriors. By the 1820s, however, they had “sold off” to the White man most of their lands, which were subsequently occupied by Andrew Jackson’s military.

It is recorded that in 1838, Henry Irby of South Carolina purchased 203 acres, in what is now the center of Buckhead, for $650. He built a combination tavern and grocery store near the intersection of Peachtree and Paces Ferry roads, where Charlie Loudermilk Park (formerly Triangle Park) is located. First tagged “Irbyville,” the area took on the popular designation of “Buckhead” around 1838, when the head of a large buck killed in nearby woods was mounted on a post not far from the tavern. The area was later annexed to the city of Atlanta in 1952.

Over the years, Buckhead has led the way for the economic well-being of this region. As early as the 1960s, Fortune magazine described Buckhead as “the top encampment of business executives in the Southeast.” More recently in 2018, The Wall Street Journal lauded Buckhead “a major commercial and financial center of the Southeast.”

Buckhead real estate development milestones include Lenox Square, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast (1959); followed shortly by the ultra-plush Phipps Plaza; Tower Place, a 600,000-square-foot office building (1974) that began Buckhead’s high-rise skyline; the Ritz-Carlton [now The Whitley], which led the way for a community of deluxe accommodations; and Park Place, the nation’s largest single-purpose condominium building (1986), now one of many pedestrian-oriented, multi-family properties encircling the business core.

Along with its rich history, here are 27 facts to know about the community of Buckhead:

  1. With its estimated 101,564 residents, Buckhead is larger than all but seven cities in Georgia.
  2. The daytime population of Buckhead is estimated to be more than 170,000.
  3. Buckhead has approximately 1,500 retail outlets, and has estimated annual retail sales of more than $3.6 billion.
  4. 44 percent of Atlanta’s population growth since 2000 has been in Buckhead.
  5. Millennials are Buckhead’s largest generational cohort.
  6. Since 2000, Buckhead has grown at twice the rate of Atlanta.
  7. Over half of all households in Buckhead (53 percent) earn $100,000 annually.
  8. 79 percent of Buckhead residents have a four-year college degree.
  9. Between 2000 and 2020, Buckhead more than doubled its multi-family housing units, adding an average of 770 new units per year.
  10. 93 percent of workers who commute to Buckhead do not live in the area.
  11. Atlanta’s only AMTRAK train station is in Buckhead.
  12. Buckhead has two MARTA rail lines, three MARTA stations, eight MARTA bus routes, one Georgia Bus Line, and one “buc” bus route.
  13. Buckhead has two U.S. highways, two interstate (limited-access) highways, and nine state (one limited-access) highways.
  14. There are 15 streets in Buckhead that include the name “Peachtree.”
  15. Apartment rentals in Buckhead average $1,722 per month, with one penthouse unit renting for $12,000.
  16. The country’s largest Presbyterian Church is in Buckhead; the country’s largest Episcopal congregation is in Buckhead; one of the country’s largest United Methodist churches is here, and two of the country’s largest Southern Baptist churches are in Buckhead; the country’s third-largest conservative synagogue is in this community, and the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese for North Georgia is in Buckhead.
  17. The Atlanta History Museum is in Buckhead.
  18. Atlanta’s largest park is in Buckhead.
  19. The nation’s largest catastrophic care hospital treating spinal disorders, acquired brain injuries, neuromuscular and neurological disorders, and multiple sclerosis is in Buckhead, “the world-renowned Shepherd Center.”
  20. One of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast is in Buckhead.
  21. 40 percent of the expenditures in Buckhead are made by visitors from 100 miles away or more.
  22. Buckhead is one of the country’s largest urban, mixed-use development areas, combining major office, retail, hotel, restaurant/entertainment, and high-rise residential development within its commercial core area.
  23. A 10×3-foot section of the Berlin Wall is on the grounds of Atlanta International School.
  24. Steve Penley’s home studio—Penley, the artist of international recognition and plaudits for his big, bold portraits—is located in Buckhead.
  25. Until 1952, Buckhead was not even part of the incorporated City of Atlanta.
  26. $13.9 million was the selling price of the St. Regis Residences 9,825-square-foot penthouse condo. This became the priciest condo ever sold in Georgia history.
  27. Buckhead has its own flag. Commissioned by the Buckhead Coalition, it is intended to foster a sense of community for those who live, visit, work, and play in this northern hub of Atlanta. Designed pro bono by the renowned architect Cecil Alexander (chief artist for the 2001 Georgia flag), Buckhead’s community flag’s color is green, representing the lush tree canopy covering its neighborhoods. In the center is a pentagonal shape taken from the leather segments covering soccer balls, acknowledging the sport popular with Buckhead children. Within the design is a buck’s head in two colors indicating the diversity of this community, its homes, its people, its businesses, its occupants, its street patterns, and its architecture, all having a favorable impact on the city of Atlanta. On either side of the buck are white dogwood sprays to reflect the glory of the trees spreading throughout the area, bursting into bloom in the early spring. Along the bottom is the word “Buckhead.” (Flags may be purchased from Atlas Flags of Tucker, 770-938-0003.)

A look into Buckhead’s future

Buckhead receives high marks by nearly every index, and is certainly a success story recognized around the country. A book of facts like the 2021 Buckhead Guidebook tells where we have been and where we are, but charting a vision for where we want to go is equally important. The Buckhead Coalition, Livable Buckhead, and the Buckhead Community Improvement District have demonstrated decades of care and focus toward securing the future of the community by leading planning and visioning efforts that identify community priorities and implementing the projects and policies to achieve the vision.

About the Buckhead Community Improvement District:

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) is a self-taxing district that uses commercial property taxes to fund projects and programs that make the community a more accessible and livable urban environment. To date, the Buckhead CID has reinvested more than $60 million of local funding and has brought in $110 million from outside the district.

The BCID has delivered many notable improvements to Buckhead, including an award-winning redevelopment of Charlie Loudermilk Park, transformation of Peachtree Road into a signature boulevard with upgraded sidewalks and landscaping, and construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning GA 400 and connecting to MARTA’s Buckhead Station. The BCID has also guided development across Buckhead by funding studies such as the community master plan BUCKHEAD REdeFINED, the Lenox Road Scoping Study, and the Piedmont Area Transportation Study. Initial planning and leadership for HUB 404, a planned park over GA 400, was also provided by BCID.

In addition to these projects, BCID funds programs that increase local safety, such as a supplemental patrol of off-duty Atlanta Police Department officers within the commercial core and an expansion of the Operation Shield security camera network.

Here is what’s coming in 2021, led by the Buckhead Coalition, Livable Buckhead, and the Buckhead Community Improvement District:

  • “Buckhead Community Rebranding” by Livable Buckhead
  • “Economic Impact Analysis for Atlanta’s Greater Buckhead Area” by Buckhead Coalition
  • “Lindbergh Armour Master Plan” by City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Development

Most recent work includes: 

  • “Buckhead Security Plan” by Buckhead Coalition – An actionable and sustainable crime reduction and public safety strategy for the residents, businesses, and visitors to Buckhead.
  • “Buckhead REdeFINED” by Livable Buckhead, Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Rotary, and Buckhead Business Association (BBA) – A community master plan update that provides the framework that will guide growth and development during the next 10 to 15 years. The plan highlights six “big ideas” that will enhance vitality, expand mobility, and improve livability throughout Buckhead.
  • “Buckhead Housing and Commuting Study Summer 2019” by Livable Buckhead – The Buckhead housing study includes a combination of short-, mid- and long-term approaches that will connect workers to existing housing, preserve housing affordability, and eventually lead to construction of new workforce housing.

Other community-related studies include:

  • “Buckhead Interpretive Study” by Buckhead Heritage Society
  • “GA 400 Trail Feasibility Study” by Livable Buckhead
  • “Buckhead Green Space Action Plan” by Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association
  • “Buckhead Pedestrian Connectivity Study” by the Buckhead Community Improvement District
  • “Brookwood Alliance Blueprint: Spring 2010” by Georgia Institute of Technology
  • “Collier Village Blueprints for Successful Communities: Spring 2008” by Georgia Conservancy
  • “Buckhead Community Survey: September 2008” by Georgia State University
  • “Piedmont Area Transportation Study” by Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association and Buckhead Community Improvement District
  • “Peachtree Corridor” by Peachtree Corridor Task Force, March 2007, Atlanta City Hall
  • “The Buckhead Village Renaissance” by Georgia State University Real Estate Department, University Plaza
  • “The Buckhead Village: A Redevelopment Proposal” by Georgia State University Real Estate Department, University Plaza
  • “The Buckhead Village” by Georgia State University Real Estate Department, University Plaza
  • “Buckhead Action Plan” by Buckhead Action Committee
  • “A Vision for the Buckhead Village” by Buckhead Business Association
  • “Buckhead Community – Atlanta, Georgia – Transportation and Growth Strategies” by ULI – The Urban Land Institute
  • “The Buckhead Advantage: Retailing” by Small Business Development Center and Department of Geography, Georgia State University, University Plaza
  • “Buckhead People Mover Study” by Atlanta Regional Commission
  • “Market Analysis, Speculative Multi-tenant Offices in Buckhead” by Georgia State University Graduate School of Real Estate
  • “Buckhead Sidewalk Study” by Buckhead Coalition
  • “Buckhead Transit Station Area Development Study” by City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Development
  • “Buckhead: The Retail Advantage for the 1990s” by Buckhead Business Association

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