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The Terrific Vantages from MARTA's Most Scenic Station

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[The skyline, looking deceptively contiguous. Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta]
[The skyline, looking deceptively contiguous. Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta]


We've long been of the opinion that MARTA trains are underrated sightseeing platforms, providing vantages into new dimensions of neighborhoods that had gone bland with familiarity. That especially holds true in the case of King Memorial Station, the city's most scenic MARTA stop and home to skyline views that still seem fresh, capturing a crescent of tall buildings that stretches from Grady Memorial Hospital to Buckhead's Sovereign. Other terrific vantages at King Memorial include Oakland Cemetery, the Gold Dome and Bill Corey's Amazing LED-Clad Smokestack. It was the first station targeted by MARTA — nearly two years ago now — for transit-oriented development that would, in this case, transform a four-acre parking lot south of the station into a mixed-use community. Its name is a portmanteau of Martin Luther King and nearby Memorial Drive, and its architecture is among the most impressive in the MARTA network.

· Big, Residential Ideas Sought For King Memorial Station [Curbed]