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At State Capitol, Protestor's Paradise Hustles to Completion

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[Images via Georgia Building Authority.]

An old parking deck between the Capitol and the Connector is history, replaced by trees, concrete and really busy construction crews, as the state hurriedly gets Liberty Plaza ready for its January debut. The new plaza, the first big change around the Capitol since the early 1980s, will accommodate 3,500 to 4,000 people. The space — hilariously likened to the Mall in Washington, DC by Rep. Joe Wilkinson — will provide a much needed gathering point for both official ceremonies and demonstrations. The new lawn will lend views of the 1889 Capitol building not afforded to Atlantans in more than six decades. The $4.4 million project, slated to be completed in well under a year, realizes a small portion of the grandiose Capitol grounds envisioned in a 1910 drawing deemed, "A Dream of the Heart of Atlanta, Ga., The Half Million City." Now with a population more than 10 times what it was a century ago, it's a case of better late than never — and another step forward for a district that's far too warty with parking garages.

· Liberty Plaza taking shape for governor's inauguration [AJC; subscriber]
· Parking Garage Death Allowing For New Downtown Park [Curbed Atlanta]