Instead of baking blacktop, imagine Turner Field adjoining a vibrant mixed use neighborhood that could draw visitors even when the team's out of town. That's the scenario envisioned by Invest Atlanta, which has put out a request to developers for proposals for the 55 acre sea of parking that currently abuts the stadium on its northern side.
By no means is it a revolutionary idea (ever been to The Banks in Cincinnati?), but it's exactly the kind of development that's long been hoped for in the area: a high density "urban destination." The disappearing parking spaces will need to be replaced with around 10,000 new ones located in decks, and a proposed streetcar line might encourage more arrivals by transit. Obviously, it would be a vast improvement over the Walking Dead look that currently characterizes the area on non-game days.
· City hopes parking lots around Turner Field could be launching pad for development [AJC]
· City seeks ideas to transform massive Turner Field parking lot into 'vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood' [Creative Loafing]