This spring marks a year since the Midtown Alliance hooked up with Jamestown and John Marshall Law School to transform a homely corner — where a couple of dilapidated structures once stood — into the 18th and West Peachtree Street "pop-up park." The park, officials beamed at the time, was the first physical incarnation of the so-called Greenprint Midtown plans, an effort to make the neighborhood an "urban eco-district." A similar "pocket park" initiative is taking hold a few blocks away, at 10th and Peachtree streets. We'd like to hear from daily inhabitants of theses areas: Do people actually use the parks? Do they make the areas feel more vibrant?
At the 18th and West Peachtree Street site, the demolition of the aforementioned buildings made way for a greenspace anchored by a great Magnolia tree. The mini-park is accented by drought-tolerant foliage and casual outdoor furniture. The other park, which occupies one of the more prominent corners in Atlanta, is meant to bring life to an empty plot, next to a building that housed a short-lived grocer, a short-lived diner and, once upon a time, Jocks & Jills Sports Grill.
Atlanta, unfortunately, has a bevy of unused buildings and empty lots in key locations. As an alternative, where would you most like to see the city's next little parks?