The block of 8th Street between West Peachtree and Cypress Street holds some low key structures that are sure to bite the dust come the next big building boom, like this pair of single story mid-century office buildings.
I’m especially fond of this one for its flat overhang and tightly composed entrance bay.
This 1920s apartment charmer sits in between the above building and Ecco. Without knowing what’s around it you’d think it was sitting somewhere in Virginia Highland or over by the park.
And then you have the awful Midtown Marta Station parking lot. No doubt at some point this will be developed (I mean come on, it’s right next to transit AND a Publix), and it’ll be interesting to see how the new buildings address the challenging topography.
Recent college grad Katie Sobush often peddles her bike to lunch in Piedmont Park because she doesn’t have or want a car. And Sobush, a transportation planner, is thrilled Atlanta’s urban masterminds have adopted a strategy to reshape the city to accommodate residents just like her.
The city of Atlanta is on the brink of adopting a revolutionary citywide zoning system that would create a new urbanism utopia. Everything people need —- from homes to restaurants to shopping to offices —- would be within walking distance, instead of a car trip away.
Sizing up potential : A blueprint for development will help the area decide where it wants to go.
Looking down on Midtown from 1,000 feet above, urban planner Anton Nelessen is amazed.
"It’s really unbelievable," Nelessen said. "I really can’t remember ever seeing this much parking in relation to buildings anywhere. It’s amazing the amount of smog that’s in this town."
Apartment developer John A. Williams has one great regret in his career —- demolishing the block known as Pershing Point on the northern edge of Midtown.
Up until the mid-1980s, Pershing Point was one of the most vibrant communities in Atlanta with 300 apartments in a half-dozen historic buildings with street-level grocery stores, a pharmacy, retail shops, restaurants and bars. They all sat on a compact, triangular block bounded by Peachtree and West Peachtree where the headquarters of National Service Industries is now located.
Blueprint Midtown, a plan to turn the area into a 24-hour community, is about to become more than a suggestion.
With the backing of the Midtown Alliance, the city is working on a package of land use changes that would encourage developers to turn Midtown into another SoHo-type community. The goal: Make it a place where people want to walk, work, live, shop and dine out, as in the arts district on Manhattan’s lower west side.