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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Why not convert South Downtown's blank windows into art galleries?

After this lets get some dessert at Travoltas.
  • GMA/Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • 'After this let's get some dessert at Travolta's.'
Last week, I wrote about CL's recent move to historic South Downtown. In the piece, I said there are things that could be done to spark some activity in the area. Some portions of the neighborhood are seas of parking lots or filled with vacant or underused buildings. There has to be better ways to put that property to use.

At the very least, those buildings could be made more inviting to residents, workers, and visitors. And those don't have to be massive, costly projects.

In recent years, the Georgia Municipal Association, which has been headquartered in the area since 1983, has purchased nearby properties. There aren't any current plans to expand its Trinity Avenue offices. But the GMA, which represents cities under the Gold Dome, does have a stake in the neighborhood. Earlier this year, the organization partnered with the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to brainstorm ways the community could be improved with creative design.

Some of the ideas are no brainers (planting trees and flowers) while others are pretty creative (hanging curtains at vacant building's entrances where homeless people sleep). Also, note that these are simply ideas, not actual projects. It's one thing to propose changes and another to actually get the permission from property owners to make progress.

We've embedded the full presentation after the jump.

Georgia Municipal Association/Carl Vinson Institute of Government Downtown Atlanta study by thomaswheatley

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