All over Downtown Atlanta, Good News is Happening.
Recently, a developer announced renovations of the historic M. C. Kiser shoe manufacturing building for market-rate apartments at Trinity and Pryor Streets, south of Five Points.
Just a few weeks before, Hilton announced they will turn the historic Candler (Coca-Cola) office Building into a Curio Collection Boutique Hotel.
The Hotel Indigo has already opened their swanky office-turned-hotel at Peachtree Center, with world-famous architect/artist/developer John Portman re-entering the upscale restaurant business after more than four decades.
Atlanta’s oldest skyscraper, the Flatiron Building is now a Microsoft Innovation Center and Tech Hub, complete with a Women’s Entrepreneur Initiative.
Underground Atlanta is planned to rise again with the help of high-rise skyscraper living;
while Post apartments are turning two city blocks of parking lots in upper Downtown into mid-rise living over street-level retail.
And, of course, just a few blocks to the West, Atlanta is building the new state-of-the-art-of-architecture Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the new Atlanta United FC. Next door will be a new Georgia World Congress Center convention hotel with up to 2000 rooms.
Amidst all of this construction activity is the often-maligned Atlanta Streetcar. Would all of this be happening without the Streetcar? The Georgia Statehouse is expected to pass legislation allowing Atlantans to vote on lightrail and Streetcar expansion for the Beltline and City of Atlanta areas.
The beauty yet to be uncovered is the gorgeous historic buildings that make up the old retail district south of Five Points, and the National Landmark Historic District, Atlanta Hotel Row.
The Goat Farm Arts Center started their Beacons program to offer space for artists to express themselves while living with reasonable rents, to give the south of Five Points neighborhood life again.
Look behind the crummy awnings and signage of the unique buildings that grace the streets of South Downtown Atlanta, below:
Those buildings will all be vibrant treasures, one day, if they can avoid the wrecking ball.
And look, below, is the National Landmark Historic District, Atlanta Hotel Row, just waiting for it’s savior who will make lots of change: