“'[T]he LCI definitely influenced it with another firm that would have bid,' said Reed, who has questioned why community input was necessary on Turner Field when he claimed other large RFPs did not include extended conversations with nearby residents."
Oh, I don't know... perhaps because the nearby community has been screwed over twice over, first for Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium, and then for the Olympic Stadium/Turner Field? What an idiot you are, Mr. Mayor.
I am not particularly hopeful about this parcel, particularly if it's another megaproject that doesn't integrate particularly well with surrounding land uses. I was all for busting up the superblocks, restoring some semblance of the original street grid, and selling the whole thing off in small lots to multiple developers under an urban-friendly transcode, but that was clearly too much common sense to ever make it to the starting line.
In any case, what has actually held back the surrounding neighborhood is Turner Field itself. "Realtor-speak Grant Park" has advanced about as far west as it can. Assuming the new land use isn't completely detrimental, we will see it continue to advance. That's the best I can hope for.
I question the 1983 date of last occupancy. I actually went to an El Azteca located in the ground floor of this building in 1994.
Also, I hope this comment engine will let me post links. You can find out more about Caringworks at the organization's website: www.caringworksinc.org
Great words, Marshall. There is actually another nonprofit in town, Caringworks, Inc., that follows the Permanent Supportive Housing model and does it quite well. I was a skeptic of this approach but have been turned into a believer by seeing it validated everywhere it's been tried. This agency, and others like it, deserves our support. I've met a lot of the people who have been through their programs (some of them are now peer counselors) and they are an impressive group who have conquered a lot.
This is why when I tag the airport on FB, I always use the "Latoya Jackson Intergalactic Spaceport and Check-Cashing Boutique" designator.
There's another great precedent for the rooftop carnival. Anyone remember The World Of Syd and Marty Krofft, inside what is now CNN Center?
I think I love pretty much all of these people. Viva Atlanta!
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