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Old 02-09-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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Pretty much what people have been saying here. The building is set at least 100 feet from the Peachtree St. side...gated and is like a fortress, very huge surface parking lot on the side of the building. It wan't built being in the middle o the city in mind. Just compare it with the ESB in Manhattan. I mean, does it even offer views of the city for tourists???

Let's not forget the area is mainly dull. Nothing in the area...no restaurants for employees, nothing really at all....compare it with Downtown which has CNN center, Peachtree Center, and Broad St. Midtown has all the restaurants along Peachtree from 3rd-17th St. which a high concentration between 8-14th.

The area is also very undesirable. Too much Riff Raff in the area....not to mention the shelter nearby...do you really want your employees walking around in that environment...that area is almost just as bad as South Downtown.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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...that area is almost just as bad as South Downtown.
I wouldn't go that far, but the Varsity definitely attracts the sagging pants down to knees crowd at night.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:48 PM
 
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I live in the neighborhood and like it. No doubt some restaurants have struggled like the tenants in the old firehouse building but its also a fun neighborhood and like much of midtown is getting better. The new Emory building at North and Peachtree will have new retail on both Peachtree and North Ave. Lots of condos and apt buildings in the area (at least 1,000+ units). No doubt having the shelter finally close would be a help.



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Another problem is that there is really nothing else there to attract more restaurants. The old Wachovia building (the old First Atlanta building or the old First National building to the old heads) was demolished several years ago, so that decreased the amount of daytime employees in the area. AT&T took over BellSouth, so that decreased the amount of employees that were normally in the old BellSouth building around the corner. Tech is down the street, but those kids stay on the other side of the Connector for the most part (for good reason, of course). All you are really left with is the Fox Theater (no daytime activity on most weekdays), the hotel across the street, the shelter, and Emory Hospital a few blocks down. Basically, there is no reason for a business to set up shop or relocate to that part of Midtown. It's a no-man's land that pales in comparison to the northern part of Midtown and the northern part of Downtown above Marietta Street.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:34 AM
 
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The tower is half full, you have to look at it as a positive way (sorry, I couldn't resist, lol).
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