oh, and get rid of those orange sodium lights. they make everything look like a prison yard. "fast and furious 7" installed some new lights on decatur and forsyth for the filming, and it made it look a hundred times better and more inviting:
i wouldn't feel safe walking south of alabama street at night, simply because it's abandoned. nothing there. too many shadows.
north of marietta street, i find myself walking a lot at night; whether it's up peachtree, through nassau street from the park over to forsyth, coming up peachtree center from georgia state, etc. i'm white and i've never been bothered. occasionally i'll get asked for money, but i'll be honest, the number one place to get panhandled is on peachtree street near the hotels on a weeknight or on other off hours. people automatically think you're a tourist and you've got money, and on one occasion i was asked for money 3 times walking 15 feet.
my favourite place downtown at night is where something's open, obviously. recently i've been getting late night meals at mama mia's, which is on broad street. they serve pizza, wings, subs, cheesesteaks, whatnot, and at a cheap price, and they're open until 4 AM.
like the author said, downtown would be great if it had more people, it's not really dangerous.
what kasim reed needs to be working on is actively working with the business community to pull some of the attention downtown.
i think things are changing though. even in the past 3 months i've noticed increased foot traffic in downtown, people out walking all over the place where they weren't previously. eventually it will happen, but i think what you're going to need to see is local and independent business owners paving the way first. if you've got more and more independent businesses moving downtown, it'll attract more people, and then the bigger businesses will be willing to take the risk of opening a business downtown.
especially as midtown urbanizes, i think it's only a matter of time before downtown is revitalized.
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