Steve Harvey and his unmistakable mustache are decamping from Atlanta, following eight years of filming Family Feud at the almost-abandoned Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
The AJC reports the in-demand comedian is shifting production operations to Los Angeles in order to accommodate his growing slate of shows.
While the loss may not seem that large—many Atlantans likely didn’t even know the little-used, 1960s facility hosted the show—the departure of Family Feud solidifies the already grim fate for the aging complex on the western edge of Old Fourth Ward, adjacent to downtown.
Plans for redevelopment of the center and surrounding parking lots, which had been in the works for years, fell through in October. Some lamented the loss; others felt the mixed-use proposal was far too suburban for the decidedly urban site. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed himself said he wasn’t thrilled with initial concepts.
But with momentum on the upswing from all directions—Midtown, downtown, and Old Fourth Ward—logic would suggest the site is still ripe for redevelopment.
- ‘Family Feud’ moving production from Atlanta to Los Angeles [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
- Atlanta Civic Center redevelopment plan is officially dead [Curbed Atlanta]