In nearly 50 years, the confines around the Atlanta Braves' downtown baseball park have never really taken flight. Despite a few residential bright spots, the area feels moribund when the Bravos aren't there. Here we offer glimpses of its current state and wonder aloud what will become of these specific places — these small businesses, locked parking lots and numerous holes in Atlanta's urban fabric. Initial ideas for replacing the Braves have run the gamut from a casino and horseracing track to GSU sports facilities and another incarnation of Glenwood Park. Even if having the Braves was holding these neighborhoods back, not having them will be strange.
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[Photos: Christopher T. Martin, Curbed Atlanta]