Considering the proliferation of restaurants, boutique shopping, and massive pits of construction sites, it’s hard to believe Atlanta’s Howell Mill Road was considered a sleepy, industrial no-man’s land a little more than a decade ago.
Officials with the Upper Westside Improvement District, a special governmental entity formed by commercial property owners and approved by the City of Atlanta in 2016, tell Curbed Atlanta that more than $1.3 billion in new development is moving forward.
The district comprises an area from Collier Road to Marietta Street and includes Chattahoochee Avenue, Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, and Huff Road.
But the vast majority of investment action is happening along Howell Mill, where mobility concerns have come to a head lately, in light of Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program delays.
Mobility changes are as pressing as the sheer amount of change is impressive.
October marked a decade since an important milestone for the area: the installation of the pedestrian bridge that connects Westside Urban Market to the White Provisions District.
“Square Feet Studio designed the bridge, which reflected the character of the area as well as the two 20th century former meatpacking buildings,” Chris Faussemagne, UWID and Third & Urban developer, remembers. “It also met the challenging criteria of spanning an active rail road line.”
Clearly, as this latest Visual Journeys installment illustrates, the bridge was only the beginning.