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Could 'Streets Alive' Happen Twice This Summer, Fall?

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Could Atlanta get a double-shot of Streets Alive later this summer and fall? That's the scuttlebutt in Virginia-Highland, according to the neighborhood's civic association. You'll recall that, last year, the anti-vehicle event that encourages pedestrian takeovers of busy streets twice consumed North Highland Avenue. In May, an estimated 13,000 people turned out. A few months later, after the Eastside Trail's mid-October opening, officials counted more than 20,000 attendees swarming a huge Highland-Virginia Avenue-Beltline loop.

While nothing sounds official yet, the Va-Hi association says they've been informed by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition that plans tentatively call for closing Highland Avenue again Oct. 6. (No word yet on whether Virginia Avenue will again be closed, too.)

What's more, there's an encore Streets Alive takeover on Peachtree Street in the works for Sept. 8. Though dampened by rain, thousands flocked to Atlanta's signature street in May for an event that spanned nearly three miles — from the Ellis Hotel downtown to north of the High Museum.

[Above: Highland Avenue takeover 2012. Photo: Flickr]

· STREETS ALIVE PLANS OCTOBER 6 RETURN TO VAHI [Va-Hi Civic Association]
· Atlanta Streets Alive coverage [Curbed Atlanta]