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Old 08-19-2019, 08:41 PM
 
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An initial restriping of a section of Peachtree Street in downtown is going to happen "very soon". Likely in the next few weeks or months. This initially will be just a restriping, but once more funding is available it will be extended and additional improvements such as bulb outs, planters, and two-way conversion of MLK and Mitchell will follow.

It will slowdown cars and improve flow and safety of all users including buffering the sidewalk which right now cars whip by right against the curb.

These plans were already a part of Downtown Master Plan ( https://plandowntownatl.com/ ), were displayed at the Streets Alive Central event last year, a neighborhood open house last year, and these at an open house tonight. Support from residents and businesses at the meeting was unanimous.

First phase (coming "very soon"):




Future phase:

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Old Yesterday, 05:53 AM
 
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It'll be nice to finally get some bike lanes on our main drag in downtown. From what I've read cyclists do NOT like being routed off onto side streets and multi-use trails. They want the same access that is granted to cars.
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Old Yesterday, 06:48 AM
 
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Beautiful!
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Old Yesterday, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Re-striping is fast and easy, but I am cautiously optimistic that will they come back and do the expensive, permanent work of bulbs outs, medians, planters.
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This initially will be just a restriping, but once more funding is available it will be extended and additional improvements such as bulb outs, planters, and two-way conversion of MLK and Mitchell will follow.
AKA when they come back and ask the voters of Atlanta for TSPLOST 2.0 which at this point I would NO on.
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Old Yesterday, 01:41 PM
 
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Maybe this is a dumb question with an obvious answer but how do they plan to get trees to grow on Peachtree north of MLK?
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Old Yesterday, 02:08 PM
 
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Maybe this is a dumb question with an obvious answer but how do they plan to get trees to grow on Peachtree north of MLK?
In bulb outs
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Old Yesterday, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Default Peachtree Street improvements...

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Maybe this is a dumb question with an obvious answer but how do they plan to get trees to grow on Peachtree north of MLK?
Oh, I don't know...

Maybe the same way they successfully lined Peachtree w/ beautiful shade-providing trees throughout Midtown.

If you haven't noticed them, go take a look for yourself. Case in point near the Federal Reserve Bank.
The change is remarkable given that us long-timers here recall that large sections of Peachtree were nearly devoid of trees in Midtown not that many years ago.
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Old Today, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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In later consideration of your question here about growing trees "...north of MLK..." bryantm3, if you were referring specifically to the area of Peachtree between it's intersection with MLK and on north to it's intersection with Marietta St./Decatur St., you do have a valid point behind your question.


Given that that is the bridge-like, elevated area that was built above the old ground & street level in the late 1800's., i.e. the area that was later rediscovered so as to give us the original 1960's era incarnation of Underground Atlanta, there is no ground or soil available into which a tree planting of any size could anchor into or grow.


If the planned improvements to Peachtree include that elevated MLK-Marietta St. area, the architects need to take care in how they'd bring any greenery to the area. Past efforts in Atlanta to grow trees & shrubs in areas that are really in air space above the ground have not played out well over time. Trees & shrubs need the ground level of soil in order to anchor in firmly & also to tap into ground water so as to survive.


As for example, the trees planted in big pots on the roof level of the North Avenue MARTA Station in 1981 eventually died from drought or lack of watering or attention & their dead & lifeless forms gave the roof area & the station a neglected appearance almost akin to that of a ghost town. Yet they sat there on the rooftop in a neglected & deteriorating state for many years.


Similarly, the concrete "cap" that was built over the Connector in the late 1980's so as to provide the bridge/intersection area of Courtland & Ralph McGill Boulevard similarly fell into a desolate & neglected appearance via the dead/dying trees & shrubs that sat in pots there. Adding to the trashy look, the metal folk art & sculptures placed there prior to the '96 Olympics were not maintained over the long haul & now are rusting & chipped reminders of a past event & the efforts at street-scaping that eventually were neglected. (That begs the question: Who is responsible for maintaining the now deteriorating Olympics-oriented street art legacies from over 23 years ago?)


A bottom line lesson learned from all of this tells us that, on beyond the redo given to the streets and sidewalks, care must be taken in selecting & in siting the landscaping & decorative art forms that are brought along into the overall plan.
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Old Today, 07:41 AM
 
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Otherwise knows as "enhancements for delivery vehicles and rideshare drivers"
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