With a giant new aquarium coming to the Centennial Olympic Park district, we set out on foot to explore the parts of downtown that visitors will see as they walk from the hotels, the MARTA stations or various parking lots to the new attraction.
Metro columnist Colin Campbell, architecture critic Catherine Fox and commercial real estate writer Tony Wilbert visited and revisited every street bounded by Five Points on the south and Ralph McGill Boulevard on the north, by Courtland Avenue on the east and Marietta Street on the west.
We love Atlanta—each and every last part—but we can somewhat understand her point. Most of the city’s gems aren’t located Downtown, and thanks to the city’s signature lack of good mass transit options, they can be difficult for a car-less out-of-towner to enjoy. (Dining in Westside, shopping in Little Five, and galleries scattered all over.) It is discouraging that she didn’t even seem to try, though.