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Old 11-19-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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Happy Birthday, Tech Square!

Look at how Midtown has grown with the help of Ga Tech


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Old 11-19-2013, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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It certainly is amazing, and is going to get even better with the addition of the hulking Advanced Research, Computation, and Analytics building at 777 Spring Street, the 2nd part of Centergy, and all the student housing going up. What an asset Georgia Tech is...
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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While it is great to see Midtown and Downtown be revitalized through the expansions of the Tech and GSU campuses (and I eat lunch in the Tech Square area at least once, if not twice, a week), I’m curious how the funding works. Is it all coming from private donations and school-administered funds? If the state government were buying up all of this real estate, I’m sure there would be a huge outcry over urban revitalization being done at the public expense. However, urban revitalization being done by the state-funded university system is almost unanimously considered to be a good thing.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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While it is great to see Midtown and Downtown be revitalized through the expansions of the Tech and GSU campuses (and I eat lunch in the Tech Square area at least once, if not twice, a week), I’m curious how the funding works. Is it all coming from private donations and school-administered funds? If the state government were buying up all of this real estate, I’m sure there would be a huge outcry over urban revitalization being done at the public expense. However, urban revitalization being done by the state-funded university system is almost unanimously considered to be a good thing.
I don't know the breakdown but a lot of it could be owned by the Georgia Tech Foundation which is separate from the state. We don't want the state competing with private enterprise.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:16 AM
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Location: Atlanta and Brunswick, GA
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I don't know the breakdown but a lot of it could be owned by the Georgia Tech Foundation which is separate from the state. We don't want the state competing with private enterprise.
Regardless, Tech Square has fueled private enterprise in the area.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I'm not sure how accurately we can single-handedly label this as urban revitalization rather than an expansion by Tech into nearby areas east of the Connector that were largely vacant plots of land well-suited for Tech's purposes.
If Tech had not had the large area available east of the Connector for them to expand accross into, they would have instead been forced to expand the other boundaries of their campus footprint more than they already have done and/or been forced to build higher density structures on their main campus.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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I only discovered Tech Square very recently....Atlanta sure does a good job of keeping some of its gems on the down-low.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I agee with that statement ATLondoner. Actually, finding such hidden & off-the-beaten-path gems in various cities I have visited has typically been one of the main pleasures of my travels throughout the years.
Most of my "discoveries" have been made while I was on foot. People who hate to walk are depriving themselves of so much.
And while in the northeast & abroad, I've noticed the tremendous popularity of walking for a myriad of reasons & the resultant comparative lack of general obesity in the population.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Regardless, Tech Square has fueled private enterprise in the area.
Georgia Tech created a market by putting the College of Management, Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, Bookstore and some auxiliary services, and research space there.

I'd like to see the same with GSU and Underground. But proximity isn't enough, GSU would have to be given ownership. Without GT's strong presence, I doubt many students would cross the bridge to go to Tech Square, plus the 5th Street bridge/park makes it even more inviting to cross.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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I agee with that statement ATLondoner. Actually, finding such hidden & off-the-beaten-path gems in various cities I have visited has typically been one of the main pleasures of my travels throughout the years.
Most of my "discoveries" have been made while I was on foot. People who hate to walk are depriving themselves of so much.
And while in the northeast & abroad, I've noticed the tremendous popularity of walking for a myriad of reasons & the resultant comparative lack of general obesity in the population.
Oddly, Tech Square does seem like an island despite being in Midtown. Makes me wonder that a better integration with the city might bring problems and bring the area down.
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