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The Stitch Atlanta

The Stitch—a long-awaited freeway cap—aims to bring together what the Connector tore apart

It’s a “stitch” as in a way to sew together the moribund patch of no-man’s-land between the Civic Center MARTA station on West Peachtree Street and Folk Art Park at Piedmont. A. J. Robinson, Central Atlanta Progress’s president, floated the idea in 2016: a cap on I-75/I-85 to create a pedestrian-friendly space about two-thirds the size of Centennial Olympic Park. Basically, we’d build a roof over about 4,000 feet of the Downtown Connector and plant trees on it.
What makes a good downtown?

What makes a good downtown?

Darin Givens—cofounder of ThreadATL, a nonprofit advocacy organization that aims to influence city planning and policy—explains why this cross-section of Forsyth and Poplar streets in the Fairlie-Poplar District has it all.
What Atlanta artists need

The 5 things that Atlanta artists need

“There’s always been a fight for visibility for the creative community here. A lot of the artists feel like underground legends, even if they are known worldwide.”
Using aging downtown offices to create a more livable Atlanta

Can we use aging downtown offices to create a more livable Atlanta?

Eviscerating a century-old office building and refashioning it into apartments is no easy feat. Older offices are nonpliable, stubborn things, riddled with secret problems and outdated floor plans. But the hassle was worth it for Centennial Yards Company, the developer behind a 162-unit project called the Lofts at Centennial Yards South, a remake of half of the long-vacant Norfolk Southern Buildings.
Underground Atlanta redevelopment

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.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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.
Candler Hotel marble

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.
What to know before you visit Harry Potter: the Exhibition in Atlanta

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 next month

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

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.

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