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Most southside Atlanta residents aren't shedding any tears for the demise of the airport Sheraton, and nor should they. Future developers would be wise to build hotels and offices that integrate with both the airport and the communities it sits smack in the middle of.
In her new hybrid memoir-urban history, Hannah Palmer explores the airport’s impact on Atlanta's south side. We recently spoke with her about the book’s inspiration and her vision for the communities surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson.
When Hannah Palmer moved back to her hometown of Forest Park in the mid-2000s, she found that every place she’d ever lived in had been obliterated. The destructive force at play: the Atlanta airport.
For decades, airlines have battled for a piece of the Atlanta market, where more than 75 percent of the airport’s traffic comes from Delta and its SkyTeam partners. Southwest nabs another 9.5 percent; the others just nibble at the edges. That said, a few arrivistes are looking to create some turbulence. How they stack up against the titan of the tarmac.
The recently debuted Flight Paths is a permanent installation that puts travelers under a stylized tree canopy, complete with bird calls, cricket chirps, and a simulated thunderstorm.
Rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges's long-awaited restaurant, named for his 2003 multi-platinum album, is now open in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Uber and Lyft arrived in Atlanta in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and have, in essence, provided Kasim Reed with the taxi fleet he was imagining. The cars are clean, and the drivers are courteous, show up when they’re supposed to, and (usually) don’t get lost. There’s only one problem: the city’s actual taxis are still around.
In firing Miguel Southwell, Mayor Kasim Reed aims to look at privatizing airport screening.
Travelers might have been shocked to see a corpse prop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie scanned by the TSA.