There will never be a better quote about this site than this one from June 5th. My favorite part is pointing out the 82 acres of beautiful trees unbothered by human hands, that they immediately cut down.
“We found this beautiful site, and we couldn’t believe there’s 82 acres, pristine - with these beautiful trees unbothered by human hands - and we couldn’t figure out why in the world that was until we found out there were three natural gas lines running under it,” the MDJ quotes Schuerholz as saying.
The problem with Atlanta, and your comment about people choosing to live in the 'burbs, is the the entire state is too subdivided by Counties and smaller cities. The City of Atlanta is TINY compared to most other cities in actual, inside the city limits, acreage. There is no Regional thinking going on so the City must do what it can. The Braves moving is a perfect example of this.
For comparison - NYC 469 sq/miles, City of Atlanta 132 sq/miles. And while Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island and Queens are part of NYC, I'd bet most people probably think they're the burbs too.
Something like this is the first thing I plan on organizing when the Streetcar finally starts running.
Anyone who wants to complain about Tree cutting should look at what the future Braves site looks like now. This quote in particular is so funny it's sad. “We found this beautiful site, and we couldn't believe there’s 82 acres, pristine - with these beautiful trees unbothered by human hands - and we couldn't figure out why in the world that was...." and they're going to cut them all down!
I got the same cold call from the Braves and I told them that I wouldn't be attending any more games based on their decision to leave the City. Not now or 3 years from now.
The land behind this on the corner of 7th & Juniper will be shops surrounding a 3 story parking structure that is part of SkyHouse South. My understanding is that when it's all finished, there will be shops/office space surrounding the entire block.
I'd guess that land availability/cost is the primary reason for the mid-2000's buildings all siting on top of their parking structures where-as now, land is cheaper so the parking can sit alongside the buildings.
Free wi-fi in public spaces is one of many things a city can do to provide access for those who can't afford to have an unlimited data plan on their device. Or for some, a data plan at all. And there are thousands of people on nice days who spend the entire day at the park reading etc... It's not about not being able to have wi-fi while you go for a walk.
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