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The Projects Restaurant and Lounge

264 Peters St SW Atlanta, GA 30313

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The Projects Restaurant and Lounge

Address: 264 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
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Monday:Closed
Tuesday:Closed
Wednesday:Closed
Thursday:4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Friday:4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Saturday:4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Sunday:4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

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Went here for a karaoke event and had a great time. The bartender was very friendly and she Introduced me to several new drinks. The atmosphere was relaxing as well.

Pros: it's larger inside than it appears. Decent food for reasonable prices. The manager, Cory, was very accommodating and helpful. Cons: finding parking can be a pain. Waitress was not friendly. Food came out wrong with no utensils and no condiments. Grossly undersized cups for drinks. I wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend based primarily on the service.

Environment was great!!! Dj was great!!!! Customer service was great!!! I loved the Vibe!!!

Cool spot. It was way bigger than I thought it would be.

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The Melody stands as a testament to the transformative power of community, collaboration, and compassion. The Melody is a groundbreaking initiative situated at 184 Forsyth St. in the heart of South Downtown that was transformed in four months from a nondescript city parking lot near the Garnett MARTA station to a community comprised of 40 innovative micro-units crafted from repurposed shipping containers, with 32 units meeting ADA compliance standards.

The Melody is the first project in Atlanta’s Rapid Housing Initiative with the goal to build 500 low-cost micro-units on city-owned land by the end of 2025. Each unit includes a bed, a private bathroom, and a functional kitchenette—providing not just shelter, but the foundation for a fresh start. The community offers a range of amenities, including a communal garden, dog park, and gathering spaces including a community area equipped with a kitchenette, offices, and laundry facilities to cater to residents’ diverse needs. Here, residents aren’t just tenants—they’re part of a community, forging connections and reclaiming their sense of belonging.

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Mending a Torn Urban Fabric

The Stitch is a transformational civic infrastructure investment needed to reconnect Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. Once implemented, the Stitch will create approximately 14 acres of urban greenspace and transportation enhancements atop a new, 3⁄4-mile platform spanning the Downtown Connector between Ted Turner Drive and Piedmont Avenue. The aim of the Stitch is to advance the equitable revitalization of north Downtown through enhanced access to affordable housing, low-cost transportation, jobs, and community resources.

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The Stitch will unite the city with an elevated urban oasis of parks, paths, development sites and programmable spaces.

As a catalyst for new development, The Stitch can provide billions of dollars in value creation and generate over $50 million in new revenue.

Reconnecting neighborhoods in the heart of the city can spur new opportunities for affordable housing, sustainability, development, safety, and unity.

“When there’s a vision coming from the community about how to reconnect and create new usable land and greenspace, that’s something we want to accelerate. The Stitch is a great way to make use of old right of way. And it takes into account all the things that matter for the future.”

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A Tale of Two Cities: The Atlanta Project and the Redevelopment of East Lake Meadows

As adam goldstein notes in his recent atlanta studies article, “a purposely built community ,”  while  atlanta prepared to host the olympics in the early 1990s, jimmy carter turned his attention to the problems plaguing the city in his home state of georgia..

Ultimately, this attention would take the form of a Carter Center initiative called “The Atlanta Project,” which he described as “a community project of unprecedented range and complexity.” 1  Archival promotional footage of the initiative (displayed to the right) demonstrates that the framing of the project rested on the conceit that for all its postwar growth, the story of Atlanta had increasingly become a tale of two cities: one, an emergent “Olympic” city of global success, the other, a deeply impoverished urban center of the South. Carter himself never promised to directly fix the problems so dramatically exposed in the project’s promotional video. Yet as Jane Smith, the original executive director of The Atlanta Project, explains, the perception nonetheless soon became that they “would take care of all the things that nobody else would fix.” 2

Considering the indirect way The Atlanta Project functioned, its role in the story of East Lake Meadows’ redevelopment is perhaps easy to overlook. The Atlanta Project was certainly committed to confronting the issue of urban blight and poverty in Atlanta. Its aim, however, was not to address those issues through direct efforts, but rather “to bring people together, to facilitate and construct the discussion based on everybody’s best thinking” in what would ideally be a “neighborhood-based and resident-driven” approach funded by private instead of governmental sources. 3  Given such a mission, then, its role in East Lake Meadows’ redevelopment might well be termed a failure. For though East Lake Meadows certainly underwent a revitalization thanks in part to The Atlanta Project’s initial targeting of the neighborhood and the subsequent private investment from Tom Cousins, as Goldstein recounts, that revitalization was far from “neighborhood-based and resident-driven,” with the voices of residents repeatedly drowned out by those of the developers. And given that so many of the residents were ultimately displaced and replaced by the redevelopment, and thus never benefited from it, we are left to ask ourselves whether such actions in East Lake truly helped Atlanta dismantle the gap between the “two cities” or if they merely rearranged where the residents of those two vastly unequal cities might be found.

Citation: Newman, Adam P.. “A Tale of Two Cities: The Atlanta Project and the Redevelopment of East Lake Meadows.” Atlanta Studies . March 21, 2017. https://doi.org/10.18737/atls20170321 .

  • Jimmy Carter . Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age . ( New York: Random House, 1992. ), 206. [ ↩ ]
  • Jane Smith, “A Dialogue on The Atlanta Project with Jane Smith, Executive Director” in The Inner City: Urban Poverty and Economic Development in the Next Century . Ed. Thomas D. Boston and Catherine L. Ross. ( New Brunswick: NJ, 1997 ), 292. [ ↩ ]
  • Ibid., 291-292. [ ↩ ]
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The site of the former General Motors plant in Doraville is expected to become a construction site this year, when Gray Television develops the property into movie studios, apartments, office space and retail shops. The property has been empty for years. (J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com)

Many of metro Atlanta’s big development projects experienced only slight delays because of the pandemic. Construction proceeded on some of the largest sites, and groundbreaking is expected to begin soon on others.

Here is the status of seven of the largest projects in terms of physical size and financial investment, accompanied by architectural renderings from the developers:

The site of Centennial Yards is a collection of aging parking lots and railroad tracks, loomed over by street viaducts. Financed in part by a $1.9 billion Atlanta municipal bond sale, it is a speculative project with no major tenant announced. Its first residential and office units, located in the rehabbed Southern Railway buildings, are set to open this summer.

Atlanta city leaders hope that CIM Group’s development will help restore vibrancy to downtown. A CIM spokesman could not be reached.

Cost: $5 billion

Size: 50 acres

What it includes: 9 million square feet office; 1 million square feet retail; 1,000 residences; 1,500-key hotel; all spread across several towers and buildings.

Tenants: Wild Leap brewery

Announced: 2017

Expected completion: 2029-2031

The Centennial Yards development is planned for the downtown site better knows as the Gulch, an expanse of parking lots, railroad tracks and rusting chain-link fences. Construction is expected to accelerate later this year. Image is an architectural rendering. (Handout from DBOX for Centennial Yards)

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GM Doraville

Developer Integral Group bought the site along I-285 in DeKalb County in 2014 and planned to build a mini city there. It has a film studio but otherwise remains empty.

Atlanta-based Gray Television, which owns dozens of TV stations nationwide, bought the site in March and plans to develop movie studios, office buildings, apartments and retail stores. Gray has applied for permits to begin and says it will start in August.

Cost: Not announced

Size: 128 acres

What it includes: Movie studios, residential, office and retail space. Gray has not released project details.

Tenants: Swirl Films

Announced: March 2021

Expected completion: 2026

Gray Television bought the former GM factory site in Doraville to develop movie studios, office space, residential units and retail shops. Gray's developer plans to break ground in August. (Handout from Gray Television)

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Midtown Union

The project includes offices, residences, retail, a hotel, rooftop decks and a large public plaza. The exterior of its main parking deck features a geometric pattern designed in gray and yellow.

Size: 9 acres

What it includes: 588,000 square feet of office in a 26-story tower; 30,000 square feet retail; 355 residential units; 230-key hotel.

Tenants: Invesco

Expected completion: Fall 2022

Midtown Union signed the money manager Invesco as its anchor tenant. The project also features a large outdoor plaza open to the public, retail, residences and a hotel. (Handout from Cooper Carry)

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1105 West Peachtree

The development has a 31-story office tower, a separate residential tower, retail and an Epicurean Hotel, the boutique hotel brand managed by Marriott. It will open later this year.

Cost: $530 million

What it includes: 675,000 square feet office; 20,000 square feet retail; 64 residential units; 178-key hotel; large rooftop deck

Tenants: Google; Smith, Gambrell & Russell

Expected completion: Fall 2021

The 1105 West Peachtree development includes luxury condos, a hotel and a 410-foot office building for Google and a large law firm. Construction was delayed when a crane toppled over but the project is expected to open this year. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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Quarry Yards

Microsoft bought the stalled Quarry Yards development in Westside Atlanta last year and plans a company campus that will include residential units and retail. The site is located next to Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, Proctor Creek Greenway trail and Bankhead MARTA rail station. Construction has not started and the company declined to provide more details.

Size: 90 acres

Tenants: Microsoft

Announced: February 2021

Expected completion: Not announced

Genia Billingsley and her mother talk as they walk on near the Quarry Yards site on Atlanta's Westside on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Microsoft bought the property for an office and residential development but has not released detailed plans. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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High Street

High Street’s developer, GID Development, was expected to begin work this summer in the Dunwoody development next to Perimeter Mall. As of late July, GID had not yet applied for city building permits. GID declined to comment.

Cost: $2 billion

Size: 36 acres

What it includes: 622,000 square feet office; 400,000 square feet retail; 3,000 residences; 400-key hotel

Tenants: None

Announced: 2007

Expected completion: Unclear

Dunwoody city officials expected construction would begin this summer at the High Street mixed-use project but the development company still has not filed permit applications. (Handout from GID Development)

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Revel was planned as a mix of offices, apartments and retail on an 118-acre site next to Gas South Arena in Duluth. But North American Properties dropped out in January 2020 as the project’s lead developer.

Gwinnett County plans to hire a new developer but its first priority is an expansion of the site’s convention center and completion of a new hotel, said Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett, the county’s tourism agency.

Cost: $900 million

Size: 118 acres

What it includes: 865,000 square feet office; 300,000 square feet retail; 900 residences

Announced: 2018

The private developer that Gwinnett County hired to lead the Revel project in Duluth dropped out of the assignment just before the pandemic. The county still plans to develop the project. (Handout from Gwinnett County)

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Blue Bird officials talk with Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (center right), during a tour of manufacturing facility at Blue Bird in 2021. The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it is giving Blue Bird $80 million to convert an old factory to making electric buses. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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But central atlanta progress estimates the highway-capping park wouldn't be complete for a decade—at the earliest.

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First, the good news for Atlantans who support ambitious infrastructure projects with the potential to make the city more vibrant, functional, and equitable.

As a means of reconnecting intown communities divided for generations, the Atlanta City Council has approved a resolution to apply for U.S. Department of Transportation grant funding to cover preliminary engineering costs for downtown’s highway-capping Stitch proposal.

The city plans to ask for up to $10.5 million from the federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot program , which has set an October 13 deadline for applications.

That means, in theory, Atlanta is a step closer to making one of three highway-capping proposals in the city currently in fundraising mode happen. The others are Buckhead’s HUB404 and the Midtown Connector .

And the Stitch, should all pan out, could be under construction as soon as the year after next, project leaders are predicting.

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On a less upbeat note, however, a new timeline for the Stitch’s completion has emerged by way of an 11Alive report this week.

According to the news station, Central Atlanta Progress—the Stitch project’s spearhead since its inception back in 2016—is estimating the project could take a decade to fully construct and open over the Connector, near the point where downtown’s northern blocks meet Midtown. The estimated price tag is now $700 million.

Jennifer Ball, CAP’s chief operating officer, told 11Alive the city should know whether it secured federal grant funding for the Stitch by next spring. In the interim, beginning early next year, CAP plans to conduct public outreach to learn what aspects, including housing, would be most important to Atlantans for the project. After that, engineering and other technical aspects would be worked out.

Ball said construction could begin by 2024 or 2025, with an estimated completion at the earliest in 2032. Recent progress with the long-delayed Atlanta Civic Center redevelopment—located just a block away—could make the Stitch more timely, Ball said.

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The Stitch would consist of roughly 14 acres of plazas, paved trails, and greenspace elevated over the I-75/I-85 Connector, functioning to restitch downtown and Midtown back together after 70 years of being cleaved apart by expressways. It would stretch for about three-quarters of a mile, between the Civic Center MARTA station and just east of Piedmont Avenue, creating a “world-class park” that could spur a billion-dollar forest of new housing towers with easy transit access, as zealous project backers have previously said .

In another positive sign for Stitch proponents, Invest Atlanta’s president and chief executive officer, Dr. Eloisa Klementich, took to social media Friday to publicly back the project and espouse its potential:

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The concept first  emerged  to local fanfare six years ago but, until recently, hadn’t progressed much beyond studies and big talk about its positive impact.

As of 2019, the Stitch was  estimated  to cost north of $450 million, with potential funding coming from state and federal grants, a new tax allocation district, donations, city funding, and public/private partnerships, according to the Urban Land Institute. For context, the Stitch footprint would be almost as large as 16-acre  Rodney Cook Sr. Park  that opened last year in Vine City, on the flipside of downtown.

The city’s movement on the Stitch project seems to reflect public optimism that creating a park from thin air is possible and worthwhile downtown. In an unscientific poll conducted on these pages last month, a majority of nearly 900 voters said they believed the Stitch is a viable project that will happen.

Just not anytime soon, apparently.  

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The Stitch: An ambitious proposal to build parks and housing above The Connector

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Rendering by Jacobs; Photo illustration by Gluekit

Atlanta has had its share of game-changing development projects over the past couple of decades. Centennial Olympic Park. Atlantic Station. The Atlanta BeltLine.

Now an alliance of neighborhood boosters and downtown landowners is pushing an ambitious new proposal, bearing an estimated price tag of $300 million. They believe it can bring about a fresh renaissance in Atlanta’s urban core and finally erase the half-century-old barrier between downtown and Midtown.

Meet “the Stitch”: a plan—concept, really— to cap the Downtown Connector by building concrete decking over the top of I-75/85 from the Spring Street flyover southeast to the Piedmont Avenue bridge. The effort would turn a half-mile stretch of interstate highway into a tunnel. More importantly, it would create 14 acres of new terrain out of what is now a no-man’s land of surface parking, empty lots, and an open trench containing a dozen lanes of traffic—metaphorically restitching the urban fabric that was torn by the placement of the freeway.

That new landscape could include public greenspace to host concerts and events—parks bracketed by newly reconnected streets that now dead-end. It would also—perhaps by financial necessity—include a cluster of new hotels, residential buildings, and office towers, according to a study that forms the conceptual blueprint for the Stitch.

“We’re trying to create an urban amenity that will spur development,” says A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress , the nonprofit devoted to promoting economic development downtown. It spent close to $100,000 to commission the 114-page study from the Atlanta office of Jacobs, a global engineering company based in Pasadena.

In CAP’s vision, the Stitch would serve as a blank slate for private development on top of the highway. The state, which owns I-75/85, could recoup a chunk of the cost of capping the highway by selling air rights to developers, the study explains. The finished project, it predicts, would bring about a surge in surrounding property values and set off a chain reaction of building and redevelopment of existing properties, like the long-vacant Medical Arts Building, which now overlooks the interstate.

It’s that public-private partnership aspect of the Stitch that makes its realization appear more likely—Robinson says a first phase could be completed within five years—than a project that depends solely on government funds. So far, he says, the surrounding property owners—Cousins Properties, Emory Hospital, Georgia Power, Portman Holdings, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church—are enthusiastic supporters of the plan. His group has also given well-received presentations to City Hall; the Federal Highway Administration; Midtown Alliance, CAP’s counterpart to the north; MARTA; and the state Department of Transportation, which would be a partner in the project, says Jennifer Ball, CAP’s vice president of planning and economic development. John McColl, executive vice president at Cousins, one of Atlanta’s top commercial developers, says his company is eager to offer support and leadership to help see the project through.

Next, CAP will approach its corporate members to raise the $1 million needed to conduct preliminary engineering work, which will determine how the Stitch should be built and, crucially, how much it would cost. The early estimate of $300 million is based on the per-acre cost of a similar project in Dallas, Klyde Warren Park .

As envisioned by CAP, the Stitch would not be a single open space like that in Dallas, but a series of five or six parks and plazas. The new greenspaces could have fountains and other water features, retail and food pavilions, sculptures and large-scale public artwork, and statues and monuments dedicated to civic leaders. The rest of the area would be consumed by new streets and private development.

An advantage the Atlanta project has over the Dallas park is the presence of rapid transit. With doors that open uninvitingly onto the West Peachtree Street overpass, MARTA’s Civic Center Station has long been one of the system’s least-used stations. But with newly created land around it, it would likely spur the development of rental housing.

Although the name is new, the idea behind the Stitch has been around for years, appearing in previous planning documents and maps published by CAP. But the striking success of Klyde Warren Park has helped spur interest in highway-capping projects in cities around the country. In May, the Atlanta Regional Commission took a delegation of elected officials and community leaders to Dallas as part of its annual trip to see how other cities handle growth challenges.

Last September the Buckhead Community Improvement District unveiled the concept for its own highway cap­—a nine-acre park built on top of Georgia 400 stretching from Peachtree Road north to Lenox Road. That project is slated to cost between $150 million and $200 million.

Barbara Faga, former chairperson of the urban design firm EDAW, which designed Centennial Park, says a proposal like the Stitch should have little difficulty securing public and private backing. “Who could be against increasing the downtown tax base and adding new development?” she says. “Atlanta is used to taking on big projects. All you need is the right leadership and the money will follow.”

Faga also worked on Boston’s “Big Dig,” and says the obstacles facing the Stitch are much less daunting because I-75/85 is already below street level.

The Stitch also would eliminate the hard line that’s existed between downtown and Midtown since the highway was carved through Atlanta in the late 1940s. BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel says it’s difficult to overstate the potential impact of a seamless connection between the two now-distinct parts of town.

“If the city is to accommodate future growth, you have to leverage the downtown core, but it has to be a desirable place to be. Right now it’s fragmented and difficult to navigate, especially on foot,” he says. “This is a logical place to start.”

The Stitch sitch Here’s what’s being proposed

What is the stitch? A proposal to cover a half mile of I-75/85 with greenspace and private development, named for its potential to reconnect downtown and Midtown.

What would it cost? A very early estimate places construction costs at $300 million, some of which would be recouped by selling air rights.

Potential impact A conceptual study predicts that the Stitch could spur residential and commercial develop­ment in the northern end of downtown, in addition to creating new public spaces.

Photograph courtesy of the Office of James Burnett

Similar projects in other cities Klyde Warren Park What is it? The five-acre green­space, built directly over a state highway near the heart of Dallas’s arts district, opened in 2012.

What did it cost? Nearly half of the $110 million cost of the project came from private sources, with the balance borne by the city, state, and federal governments.

Local impact Area rents have climbed as much as 50 percent. The park has become an epicenter of activity for tourists and locals—attracting 2 million visitors in its first two years. An apartment-building boom has ignited to capitalize on a renewed interest in downtown living.

Boston’s “Big Dig” What is it? Boston relocated miles of urban highway underground and famously tunneled under its harbor to add a new interstate loop.

What did it cost? The most expensive highway project in U.S. history, the Big Dig cost $15 billion (plus interest)—more than five times the estimated price—and took 15 years to build. Local impact Officially completed in 2006, the mega-project left a 1.5-mile greenbelt running through the city’s urban core. It’s credited with spurring a building boom that has revitalized Boston’s downtown and caused property values to soar.

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These 17 Projects are Transforming Communities into Places for People, Not Just Cars

What makes a vibrant city?

Maybe it's being able walk to the grocery store or post office with ease. Maybe it is the feeling of stores and housing intertwined in a livable town center, where you can work and live harmoniously.

Maybe it's sitting outside on a restaurant patio on a warm spring afternoon, enjoying time with loved ones and listening to the hustle and bustle of cyclists passing by.

These aren’t just fantasies, even in a region like Atlanta that grew up around the automobile. Communities across the region are re-inventing themselves as places built around people, not just cars, through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative , or LCI.

The latest round of LCI funding will help 17 projects get off the ground. Over the next several years, these projects will work to transform spaces around the region, beginning with the engineering stages and then moving into construction.

Let’s take a look at these transformative projects.

Map of the 17 TIP projects around the Atlanta region

1. Bells Ferry Corridor

Cherokee county.

Bells Ferry Corridor is a major commuting artery connecting Marietta and Canton, but it holds promise to be so much more.

A 3.5-mile stretch of Bells Ferry Road in south Cherokee County will be transformed to make it a better place for walkers and cyclists.

Sketch of the street layout with sidewalks on either end, two lanes of traffic each way and a center median

The project will build a landscaped median, widen and add sidewalks, and install landscaped buffers to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

Grant amount: $308,000

2. Buford Suwanee Creek Trail

City of buford.

Traveling busy Buford Highway or Buford Drive, you may not know that beautiful, serene Suwanee Creek is nearby.

Map plan of the trail, indicating the boardwalk location and connecting pedestrian bridge over Buford Highway

The Buford Suwanee Creek Trail will add 1.75 miles of scenic trail connecting neighborhoods to the downtown area, as well as a bridge over Buford Highway to make crossing safer. The trail will meander alongside Suwanee Creek and include a boardwalk portion to make it easy to enjoy the marshy area all the way from Buford Highway to Buford Drive.

Grant amount: $712,000

3. Connecting Downtown Winder

City of winder.

Downtown Winder is a classic small town. Situated in Barrow County and home to just over 18,000 people, the downtown area is marked by brick storefronts and railroad tracks.

Overhead satellite map of downtown winder, indicating where 8 and 10 foot sidewalks will be added, as well as where existing projects are adding sidewalks at present

But just a few steps from the downtown area, the sidewalks quickly disappear into narrow roads with limited shoulders. This project will add sidewalks throughout the area to improve walkability and access to services and greenspace in the community.

The sidewalks will connect residents to the downtown area, where services like the post office, restaurants, and banks are located, as well as along Victor Lord Park where people can enjoy the forested area that abuts Fort Yargo State Park.

Grant amount: $280,000

4. Crooked Creek Trail

City of peachtree corners.

Dental and law offices dot Crooked Creek Road in Peachtree Corners. The scenic, two-lane street is flanked with trees.

Rendering of the trail, showing a family walking on a wide trail protected by trees and a single lane of traffic on the left

However, the infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists is minimal – sidewalks are narrow and bike lanes are non-existent. To make the space safer and more usable for the community to enjoy, the Crooked Creek trail project will build a 14-foot-wide multi-use trail with ample, safe space for families to walk their children to nearby Peachtree Elementary School and employees to walk or bike to their offices.

Grant amount: $480,000

5. DeKalb-Moreland Interchange

City of atlanta & little five points cid.

Little Five Points is known for its bold, vintage character. Residents also know all too well about the dreaded DeKalb-Moreland interchange.

While Little Five Points is a walkable area, sidewalks along Moreland Avenue quickly become narrow and difficult to navigate as you go south towards DeKalb Avenue. To make the area safer and easier to travel through, this project will reimagine the space to make room for pedestrian and cyclist traffic.

The project will study two options for how this vision will come to life on Moreland – both adding critical pedestrian space, and a master plan for revamping the jughandle of DeKalb Avenue into a greener, easier to navigate place to bike and walk.

Grant amount: $240,000

Three plan sketches (from top to bottom) Plan A to add medians and bike travel lanes on Moreland, Plan B to expand pedestrian infrastructure on Moreland, DeKalb Avenue plan to add greenspace and additional bike-ped lanes

6. Douglasville Fairburn Road Complete Street Project

City of douglasville.

Downtown Douglasville is classic Main Street USA. The main drag is dotted with storefronts, sidewalks, and greenery.

A bird's eye view of Fairburn Street on a map, showing a line of trees along the road and redesigned intersections

But this only extends for a short distance before the space returns to a mini-highway with five lanes, limited greenspace, and nearly non-existent sidewalks.  

The Douglasville Fairburn Road Complete Street Project will transform this space into a green, walkable destination that’s also safer. The project will pare the road down to two lanes, with space for street parking, cycling lanes, and wider sidewalks. Plus, over 270 trees will be added along the road.

Grant amount: $1,040,000

7. Downtown Sugar Hill Greenway

City of sugar hill.

Downtown Sugar Hill brings small town living to metro Atlanta, but two of the area’s major roads – Peachtree Industrial and Alton Tucker Boulevards – are big-city arteries that offer limited options for transportation aside from cars.

Sketch of the trail, with (from Left to Right) a sidewalk, green buffer area, two lanes of traffic, another green buffer, cycling track and sidewalk

To create a more inclusive, greener space, the Downtown Sugar Hill Revitalization project will add pedestrian and cycling connectivity through the downtown area with new sidewalks and a two-way cycling track.

Trees, flowers, and landscaped medians will create a serene, green haven for the community.

Grant amount: $720,000

8. Highway 278 Trail

City of covington.

The Highway 278 intersection in downtown Covington is a busy junction. At present, the space is missing key space for pedestrians. And with the busy car traffic entering and exiting at higher speeds from 278 and I-20, it can be a dangerous place to cross.

Sketch of the street interchange - with sidewalks, median space and two lanes of traffic each way

This project will focus on improving the safety for people traveling by foot or on bikes. It will add sidewalks and wider paths, roundabouts to help slow down traffic, and medians and trees to serve as a green buffer.

Grant amount: $1,017,280

9. Holly Springs Pedestrian Development

City of holly springs.

Holly Springs is a city in Cherokee County that offers small-town charm just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Rendering of the Holly Street project, with trees, wide sidewalks and bike lanes

Winding through quiet, wooded streets to the major intersection in the city's downtown area, wide roads make little space for sidewalks, and the paths to cross the intersection are indirect and require crossing four lanes in any direction. This project will add bike and pedestrian facilities, including a pedestrian bridge, to make the area safer and more usable for all Cherokee County residents.

Grant amount: $545,522

10. Main Street Forest Park

City of forest park.

Main Street in Forest Park is a classic town center. Old family homes and businesses are divided by meandering streets with large trees along the curb line.

Outside of the downtown space, though, connecting to Main Street is difficult outside of using a car. To make Forest Park a better-connected place for pedestrians and cyclists alike, this project will add a bridge over Forest Parkway in addition to a wide brick sidewalk across the railroad tracks. Each of these pieces will help to make the space safer and more navigable for everyone in the community.

Grant amount: $160,000

11. New Peachtree Road Multi-Use Path

City of doraville.

From the airport to Midtown, hopping on the train gives residents the chance to visit the newest exhibition at the High or see an Atlanta United game. For the residents of Doraville, the nearby MARTA station makes the city so much more accessible. But even with the station so close, parking at the station can be a hassle.

To better connect the community to the station with safety in mind, this project will build wide, multi-use paths along streets leading to the Doraville station to improve pedestrian and cyclist access. It will also add crosswalks and medians to prioritize safety for those choosing to walk or bike to the station.

Grant amount: $221,240

12. North Point Alpha Link

City of alpharetta.

From the movies to Macy's, North Point Mall is a hub for retail in Alpharetta. And the bustling area around the mall gives the residents even more spots to eat, shop, and play.

Rendered map of the Alpha Link project connection, showing how the trail will connect to Big Creek Greenway, North Point Mall and more

The North Point Alpha Link project will make traveling to your favorite lunch spot easier. The project will add bicycle and pedestrian paths leading to the mall as well as to Big Creek Greenway and downtown Alpharetta to create a truly interconnected space.

The space may one day accommodate a transit hub to further connect Alpharetta to the rest of Fulton County and the region.

Grant amount: $1,000,000

13. North Shallowford Path

City of dunwoody.

Nestled between I-285 and 141, North Shallowford Road connects Dunwoody neighborhoods to shopping and services. The connectivity, however, is limited to cars.

Sketch of the new proposed street layout, with two travel lanes, one center turn lane and a wide path along the right side

For pedestrians and cyclists, navigating the area is more difficult. Segments of the road are without sidewalks and bike lanes entirely.

This project will expand the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure along North Shallowford Road and reduce the traffic to two lanes to make space for a wider walking and cycling path. Plans also call for over 100 new trees in the area to add buffer protection for those enjoying the path while simultaneously cleaning the air and beautifying the community.

Grant amount: $560,000

14. Peachtree Shared Space

City of atlanta & atlanta downtown improvement district.

Peachtree Street is Downtown Atlanta's signature street. It is known throughout the region as a hub for business and culture. It is a stone’s throw from Centennial Olympic Park, the CNN complex, and the Georgia Aquarium. Yet, despite being nestled in a bustling part of the city, today’s Peachtree Street can lack vibrancy. Sidewalks are narrow, and the street design leaves no quality space for cyclists, pedestrians, and outdoor dining options.

Rendering of a street lined with trees and showing visually disabled people, businesspeople, cars, cyclists, transit, people sitting at outdoor café tables

The Peachtree Shared Space project reimagines this space as a complete street. The vision for the new space will expand the street beyond serving cars alone - it will prioritize cyclists and pedestrians in addition to cars and transit. The project will also include green infrastructure that will both beautify and protect the space. Planting trees along the sidewalk and installing permeable pavers to reduce runoff and flooding are a few of these green measures.

O ver the next several years, this project seeks to completely transform Peachtree Street into a welcoming, bustling space for all to enjoy.

Grant amount: $1,200,000

15. Silver Comet Connector

City of powder springs.

The Silver Comet trail is the longest in metro Atlanta with more than 60 miles of paved paths from the Alabama border to Smyrna. The trail’s 2% grade makes it accessible to cyclists and pedestrians with a range of ages and abilities.

Simplified map of the Silver Comet Trail

The Silver Comet Connector project will extend the trail along Jackson Way and add access points in Powder Spring making a safe, seamless transition from the street to the trail for pedestrians and cyclists and making it easier for more members of the community to take advantage of the trail.

Grant amount: $360,000

16. Satellite Boulevard Loop Trail

Gwinnett county & sugarloaf cid.

Satellite Boulevard cuts through the Sugarloaf Community Improvement District and was built for cars to connect to economic centers in the region. Nearby Wildwood Road divides a wooded residential area with no space for a shoulder, let alone pedestrians.

Drawing of the proposed layout (from left to right) with a car lane, a buffer grassy area, a 12-14' trail and trees and forest

The Sugarloaf Trail Connector will add 3.5 miles of wide, paved trail to provide space to walk, run, or bike the area. The project will create a more interconnected community, making space for transportation choices beyond driving a car and giving better access to community spaces, like nearby Peachtree Ridge Park.

Grant amount: $1,100,000

17. Suwanee Loop Trail

City of suwanee.

The Suwanee Loop Trail project matches diverse needs for the community – connecting more rural-style roads while also making busy Peachtree Industrial Boulevard safer for the community. Peachtree Industrial lives up to its name. It’s a wide, busy thoroughfare focused on serving the nearby industrial and commercial businesses but a dangerous place for walkers and cyclists.

The Suwanee Loop Trail project will make traversing the area safer and more enjoyable for residents of the community.

Sketch of the loop, showing trees, a trail, and overlook at Bushy Creek, with image bubbles at the top showing a photo of an overlook, community art saying "Explore," and a path in a forest

A pedestrian bridge will be built over Peachtree Industrial to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and remove the need to cross multiple lanes of fast-moving traffic.

In addition, wide, multi-use paths will be built along the much-smaller Stonecypher and Eva Kennedy Road, among others. The loop fill gaps in the current infrastructure needs and also includes art installations, educational elements, and even forest management to make the space usable and engaging for everyone. The trail promises to be a peaceful path where users may not even notice the busy road they cross!

Grant amount: $800,000

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9 Most Dangerous Housing Projects In Atlanta

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The city of Atlanta is one of the cradles of American culture. It played a major role during the civil war and kept expanding ever since. The capital of Georgia became an industrial hub in the 1900s and was one of the biggest centers for the American Civil Rights Movement, with leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. sweeping the crowds away. By the turn of the century, Atlanta remained a sprawling metropolis.

But Atlanta is also famous for its public housing, most of which was eventually demolished throughout the 90s. The stories of crime and violence within these projects filled the pages of newspapers for the last 5 decades, putting fear in the minds of those living nearby. 

So, today we want to go back to those times and find out what made these buildings borderline uninhabitable.  These are the 9 most dangerous housing projects in Atlanta. Let’s get to it! 

Number #9 – East Lake Meadows

Inaugurated in 1971, the East Lake Meadows was a large housing project in the eponymous neighborhood of East Atlanta. Due to the high number of murders within the complex, the entire area had already been labeled  “Little Vietnam” in 1972; a moniker that the press grew quite accustomed to in the following years. 

But life at East Lake Meadows had been harsh since the very beginning. Poor craftsmanship and high upkeep soon turned the project into a shanty town. Nearly all residents had at least a weapon and drug dealers were rumored to be selling their products out of ice cream trucks or right in the open on the streets.  

Violence and petty crimes – paired with slow police response – plagued this location up until its demolition in the early 1990s. A new housing complex has been built here, with a total cost for the city of about 172 million dollars. 

Number #8 – Techwood/Clark Howell Homes

Envisioned as the solution to the lack of housing that was plaguing the easternmost part of Atlanta in the early 1900s, the Techwood was completed in 1936. Clark Howell Homes, on the other hand, would only see the light of day in 1941. The new buildings replaced a slum known as Tanyard Bottom and most of the apartments included running water, a bathtub, and even a garage.

Over the course of the next two decades, Techwood and Clark Howell virtually merged into a single project. At the same time, however, living conditions within the complexes plummeted. The gradual arrival of lower-income black families following desegregation, as well as a general lack of interest from the authorities slowly turned the area into yet another slum.

Techwood homes would eventually be demolished before the 1996 Olympics. Clark Howell Homes, however, were reabsorbed and now make part of a new mixed-income area known as Centennial Place. 

Number #7 – Bankhead Courts

Built on top of a former landfill, Bankhead Courts was one of the many projects that have been erected following the city’s growth in the 1970s. Almost immediately after its inauguration, the tenants at this project began to complain about the apartments, which were poorly built and reportedly faced frequent issues. 

Throughout the site’s existence, the population at Bankhead Courts was also one of the youngest in the city. According to reports, more than 1000 of the inhabitants were below 19 year-old and 98% of the households were run by a woman. This might have been due to violence in the area, which often claimed the life of one or both of a child’s parents.

Bankhead Courts was eventually demolished in 2010, with the city planning a re-qualification effort for the entire area. Almost 10 years later, however, development is yet to begin. Those visiting the area will find long lines of barren houses, with rubble and other trash littering the streets. 

Number #6 – Bowen Homes

Completed in 1964, Bowen Homes was a large complex of apartments on the west side of Atlanta designed to accommodate up to 650 families. Unlike other projects in the area, Bowen Homes also featured public buildings such as a school, a library, and other amenities. 

What this area owes its popularity to, however, are the celebrities that were born within its premises. Several successful musicians, including rapper Shawty Lo, grew up in the project and the words Bowen Homes appear in many popular songs. 

Shortly before the complex was set to be dismantled, five young men were shot and killed in one of the apartments. This attracted the attention of the Atlanta Housing Authority, the members of which would eventually send in the bulldozers in June 2009. 

Number #5 – Herndon Homes

Designed exclusively for African Americans and completed in 1941, the Herdon Homes were a public housing project in North-East Atlanta. The complex was intended to house about 600 of the thousands of black families that flocked to the city before and during World War II. 

The population in most of Herndon Homes remained African American for a long time, even after desegregation came into effect. The tenants would often complain about poor living conditions, lack of basic services, and a general lack of safety that characterized their daily lives. Despite that, the project was used to film the movie Lottery Ticket starring Keith David in 2010. 

When the Atlanta Housing Authority decided to renovate the complex in 2009, many of the tenants were promised that they could move back as soon as the work was done. To this day, however, the renovations are yet to start. 

Number #4 – Thomasville Heights Projects

Completed in the mid 1960s, Thomasville Heights was one of the projects that the Atlanta Housing Authority had built in the south-western part of the city. The complex, which was part of an effort to reduce homelessness and provide affordable housing throughout Atlanta, included about 350 apartments.

The Thomasville Heights projects first attracted the attention of the media in the 80s, following a streak of murders that left 28 black children dead. The project’s infamy grew even further in the 90s, when police officer Niles Frederick Johantgen was assaulted and subsequently shot while performing a drug-related arrest.

By the time Thomasville Heights was demolished, its stories had left a mark on all Atlantans. Tenants would often talk about shootouts taking place in the streets and many considered the entire area a twisted sort of hell on Earth. 

Number #3 – Perry Homes

Ever since its inception in the late 40s, Perry Homes had been envisioned as one of the largest all African-American housing projects in Atlanta. The complex was finished in the mid 50s and could house up to 1100 black families. Some of the houses would eventually be demolished in 1975, when a hurricane wreaked havoc through the area.

For most of its existence, the Perry Home housing project was considered one of the most dangerous in Atlanta. Even after desegregation, several newspapers often spoke about violent murders, with dismembered victims and ransacked houses. On top of that, shoddy living conditions and petty crime were also extremely common problems for the families living here. 

As per the Atlanta Housing Authority’s plans to demolish all of the city’s housing projects, 1,072 of the about 1100 apartments in Perry Homes were torn down in 1999. A new mixed-income neighborhood, known as West Highlands, was built where the project once stood.  

Number #2 – Forest Cove Apartments

Forest Cove Apartments, the same that was built on top of Thomasville Heights, is one of Atlanta’s most recent mixed-income neighborhoods. The complex was inaugurated in the early 2010s but is already considered an unpleasant place, one that locals wouldn’t suggest you spend a lot of time in – especially if you’re an outsider. 

The tales of crime within the Forest Cove Apartments are too many to count. A few years ago, a one year old boy took a bullet to the arm during a shootout between rival gangs. And in 2018, another shootout that took place during a vigil left several dead and scared the entire community. 

Albeit newer than others on the list, the Forest Cove Apartments remain one of Atlanta’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

Number #1 – Grady Homes

At first, the story of Grady Homes seems one about success. Built in the early 40s on top of an old slum, this housing project was supposed to house about 500 African-American families. The new tenants immediately fell in love with the neighborhood and organized a small but tight community, with families offering daycare and others working together to maintain the entire complex.

Things turned for the worse in the 80s, when the city began to cut a part of the founding dedicated to housing projects. Quality of life in Grady Homes quickly dropped and crime skyrocketed. The change was so radical that it forced some of the families to move. Those that remained, lived in fear as the cocaine pandemic spread through the units and dealers became a common sight in the complex. 

After decades of crime, the Grady Homes were eventually demolished by the turn of the century. 

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