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A quick guide to what’s in development in downtown Atlanta, what’s proposed, and what might have been
Hard to keep all the numbered buildings and buzzwords straight? Here’s a quick guide to what’s proposed, what’s underway, and what might have been.
In downtown Atlanta, the development subsidies can be red hot
In 2013, the City of Atlanta agreed to fund $200 million of the $1.6 billion price tag for billionaire Arthur Blank’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, that covered only upfront development costs and did not account for operating and financing expenses, which will be paid with nearly 40 percent of the city’s hotel tax over the next 30 years, for a total investment of roughly $700 million. Blank pegs private dollars at $850 million, leaving 40 percent of the total cost coming from public coffers.
Room Envy: The Candler Hotel’s lobby is a marble masterpiece
The marble lobby in downtown’s Candler Hotel exudes Beaux-Arts glamour like nothing else in Atlanta. Built by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler as an office building in 1906, the property was remodeled into a luxury hotel in 2019.
7 things to know before you visit Harry Potter: the Exhibition in Atlanta
Part museum, part "immersive" experience, Harry Potter: the Exhibition features several props and costumes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, reproductions of iconic set pieces (think the door to the Chamber of Secrets or Harry's cupboard under the stairs), and interactive elements throughout. Here's what to know before you go.
Dolo’s Caribbean pizza to open a storefront at Underground Atlanta
During the pandemic, neighbors Alyson Williams and Yusef Walker decided to learn how to make pizza. Through a combination of YouTube tutorials and trial and error, the duo created a double-fermented dough recipe that really resonated with their friends. Walker, whose family owns Ms. Icey’s Kitchen and APT 4B, was looking to go out on his own and invited Williams along for the ride.
50 Ways to Play Outside in Atlanta and Beyond
Time to get outside and play! From basketball to fishing to hiking to hanging out in a hammock, here's 50 great things to do outdoors around Atlanta.
Grant Park Coffeehouse is coming back to the neighborhood
Rahel TafarI purchased the building at 337 Georgia Avenue (formerly Mindpower marketing), more than doubling her original space. This will enable her to expand Grant Park Coffeehouse’s menu and offer table service, a first for the business. “I’m so excited and ready to get back to my neighborhood,” she says.
Atlantans hit the streets in protest after Roe v. Wade reversal
As the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shook the nation, hundreds of Atlantans took to the streets Friday evening, braving the sweltering heat and humidity to demand reproductive rights.
What’s next for Atlanta Civic Center?
The Atlanta Housing Authority, which purchased the sprawling facility from the city in 2017, has outlined a plan to preserve and update the historic auditorium, while transforming the surrounding complex into a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and shared public space.
Heartbeat_ATL revives the city’s original heart with an interactive public art installation
“What were once the arteries of the city were demolished, creating divide instead of connection,” explained Courtney Hammond, the project’s curator, on a recent visit to the site. “We wanted to build not just a light artwork: we thought this was a beautiful moment to signal that that these arteries are being rebuilt.”