Banking Giants Too Atlanta Midtown Sunset Atlanta Georgia Art
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Banking Giants Too....by Reid Callaway
Atlanta Midtown Sunset
Atlanta, Georgia Art
The beautiful sky colors, the reflection of those colors off the buildings' glass, the traffic, the 17th Street Bridge and the 16th Streets' parallel roads, as leading lines, all converge in this majestic Atlanta summer sunset. This image is only a small snapshot of one part of a much larger image of what the Atlanta cityscape really looks like. Atlanta, like most large cities, is spread out over a large area with each part having its on buildings and characteristics that set them apart from the whole. There is a: Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta and Buckhead Atlanta. This is a part of the Midtown Atlanta area called Atlantic Station.
Atlantic Station is located on the site of the Atlantic Steel mill, which opened in 1901. The steel mill was nearly closed in the mid-1970s, but it remained nominally operational primarily to avoid the huge costs it would have required to remediate the soil contamination present after years of operation.
Developer Jim Jacoby, who also redeveloped Florida's Marineland, began putting the project together in 1997 when his company became the property contractor of the land. The redevelopment of the land into what is now Atlantic Station was financed largely by private investment, but was heavily supplemented by a special tax district to pay for city tax bonds for public utilities (streets, sidewalks, and sewers). The development was originally planned to include 15,000,000 square feet of retail, office, residential space as well as 11 acres of public parks. Its size encouraged the Postal Service to award the neighborhood its own ZIP code: 30363.
Atlantic Station was designed with energy efficiency in mind and many of the buildings are LEED certified. Additionally, the project was developed to help mitigate urban sprawl and reduce air pollution by allowing many more people to live and work within walking distance of most everyday things they need, with many alternative transportation options nearby. The proposed BeltLine transit/greenway project is expected to pass within a few miles of the development.
In October 2003, the very first residents moved into the development. The 17th Street bridge was completed in January 2004 and the first round of retail establishments opened in October 2005. Atlantic Station received the EPA's 2004 Phoenix Award as the Best National Brownfield Redevelopment, as well as the Sierra Club's 2005 America's Best New Development Projects listing
Atlantic Station is just one part of the much larger, Midtown Atlanta. Midtown is the second largest business district in the city of Atlanta, situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. Midtown has a resident population of 30,000, a workplace population of 68,000, a student population of 20,000. The district attracts about six million visitors annually.
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January 25th, 2019
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