[ABOVE: Four large trees will surround this future home of a French restaurant.]
The streets where partiers once rocked Buckhead deep into the night are beginning to look inhabitable — if not inviting — again. Developer OliverMcMillan peeled back the veil to give media one last peek at the massive Buckhead Atlanta project before it starts opening next month. (The first wave of stores and restaurants is expected to greet customers Sept. 18). Officials bill the luxury retail district as "an urban greening project that will connect ... to the larger community and delight and excite visitors for decades to come," and as such, they've clearly put an emphasis on landscaping. On Friday, builders planted the largest tree slated for the project, which joins other 35-foot-tall Highbeam Overcup Oaks on the property that were raised in Athens. The trees, official said, mark an important milestone, and they're a welcome touch among the lifeless cranes and concrete Atlantans have lived with for years. For contrast, see the Buckhead Atlanta photo essay we compiled exactly one year ago.
· Aug. 2013: A Look At 'Buckhead Atlanta' Progress [Curbed]
· More wondrous Visual Journeys around Atlanta [Curbed]
[Photos: Christopher T. Martin, Curbed Atlanta]