This weekend's Atlanta Streets Alive attracted more than 80,000 people — four times the original expectations — along Georgia Avenue in front of Turner Field. Across from the soon-to-be-vacant stadium, the community got a chance to preview and vote for their favorite plans for the area, once the Braves skedaddle to the 'burbs.
Three schemes have been developed, each recognizing the sites of the former stadiums while creating dense, walkable neighborhoods. Devised by Perkins+Will, the firm behind the Beltline's vision, the designs pay homage to the stadiums that have defined the neighborhood since the 1960s, while establishing an array of building types around parks and a new street grid.
While the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium have been subjected to 50 years of slicing and dicing, the latest plans are meant to restitch urban fabric long lost. Each scheme offers a unique approach to creating sympathetic infill between the Summerhill and Pittsburgh neighborhoods, while striving to connect the area south of Interstate 20 with downtown.
Beyond the proposals, community members can weigh in with their own vision. With dozens of ideas already posted this week, it's clear that people are watching the process closely.
- What is your vision for the Stadium neighborhoods? [Stadium Neighborhoods LCI]
- Turner Field Concept Boards [Stadium Neighborhoods LCI]
- How Atlanta's Stadium-Building Madness is Nothing New [Curbed]