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Poll: Which Atlanta mega-project needs to happen most?

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City-altering proposals are popping up left and right, but which is the most crucial concept for Atlanta?

Renderings showing various project around Atlanta.

Like a lot of cities, post-Olympics Atlanta is a graveyard of big ideas.

Remember downtown’s Green Line Development Plan? Underground Atlanta’s glistening casino? The Streets of Buckhead? RitaWorld Pearl Kingdom?

Lately, however, the tides have been changing, and city-altering proposals have actually been materializing. See Ponce City Market, the Beltline, the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, a massive space-age origami for football, and so forth.

And if recent (or reinvigorated) proposals are any indication, as the saying goes, Atlanta might not have seen nothin’ yet.

It’s time to put the question to Atlantans themselves and see which mega-project the city needs most right now. It’s poll time!

For the purposes of this poll, we’ll keep options limited to projects for which renderings have been unveiled (sorry, Gulch redevelopment).

The nine contestants are ...

(Follow hyperlinks for more information on each proposal)


Bellwood Quarry:

The City of Atlanta is now officially seeking proposals to build the granddaddy of all city parks—a 300-acre, Beltline-connected greenspace called Westside Reservoir Park.

Potential uses, surrounding Bellwood Quarry.
Atlanta Beltline Inc.


Beltline Southside Trail:

Imagine if the Beltline’s Eastside Trail connected with the almost-opened Westside Trail. This would do the trick. But officials have recently said the ribbon-cutting is still years away.

Atlanta Beltline


Buckhead’s Park Over Ga. 400:

Buckhead REALLY wants to fashion a world-class, nine-acre park above the highway that gashes the neighborhood, and the permitting phase to begin doing so could launch in January, officials said last week.

Buckhead Community Improvement District, via Rogers Partners Architects


South Downtown rebirth:

German developer Newport (backed by a Ponce City Market vet) has huge plans for eight tired blocks south of Underground Atlanta.

Newport US


The Stitch:

This highway-capping greenspace would activate downtown’s Connector like never before.

Central Atlanta Progress


Summerhill stadium transformation:

While the task of redeveloping the area surrounding Turner Field will take years, a commercial district (below) is being forged now from abandoned buildings.

Kronberg Wall Architecture Design


Underground Atlanta rises again:

Underground has officially sold, and the wheels are turning on its redevelopment as we speak.

WRS via Atlanta Business Chronicle


Vine City’s signature greenspace:

Under construction now, this water-capturing greenspace is like Historic Fourth Ward Park, on the flipside of town.

Trust For Public Land via Saporta Report; renderings courtesy of HDR Inc.


Mixed-use cricket stadium megaplex:

Hell—why not?

Coming to somewhere in metro Atlanta? A prototype for the U.S. Cricket League.
Global Sports Ventures


Without further ado, let’s vote!


Which mega-project does Atlanta need most?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Bellwood Quarry
    (957 votes)
  • 6%
    Beltline Southside Trail
    (606 votes)
  • 23%
    Buckhead’s Park Over Ga. 400
    (2325 votes)
  • 25%
    South Downtown rebirth
    (2519 votes)
  • 26%
    The Stitch
    (2573 votes)
  • 3%
    Summerhill stadium transformation
    (303 votes)
  • 3%
    Underground Atlanta rises again
    (359 votes)
  • 1%
    Vine City’s signature greenspace
    (104 votes)
  • 0%
    Mixed-use cricket stadium megaplex
    (59 votes)
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