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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Here's your chance to help remake Midtown's MARTA stations

Why is MARTA refusing to mow its steps? said the cranky silhouette
  • Midtown Alliance
  • 'Why is MARTA refusing to mow its steps?' said the cranky silhouette
Ever walk into the North Avenue, Midtown, or Arts Center MARTA stations and think, "I could do a much better job making this place less brutal and more inviting?" Here's your opportunity.

Tonight, residents and businesses will be asked for input and ideas about enhancing the fast-growing neighborhood's three rail stations. The workshop is part of a partnership between the Midtown Alliance, Atlanta Regional Commission, and MARTA to turn the stops into "gateway experiences for pedestrians and commuters" by using "creative, implementable solutions" and making the most of what's already there. That could mean anything from making the North Avenue station a place you want to people watch or have coffee or turning the Arts Center stop into a rotating gallery - in addition to being a part of your daily commute. The Midtown Alliance released some conceptual renderings earlier this summer depicting potential visions for the stations.

According to organizers, the proposals "will focus on a range of issues including access, safety, maintenance, wayfinding, lighting, landscaping and public art, primarily on the exterior of each station. The result will be a prioritized list of immediate and long-range recommended improvements that can be implemented over the next three to five years, as funding becomes available."

If you want a seat, be sure to RSVP. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Promenade at 1230 Peachtree Street. Organizers will start politely ushering folks out the door at 7:30 p.m.

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