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Old 03-01-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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We don't need any tacky, stereotypical attractions here, thank you.
Of course we don't need them, the question posed was what would bring new tourist money to town.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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A gambling casino downtown- at or near underground would be a good thing.
Absolutely.
Also, I would love to see Symphony Hall come to fruition and a museum devoted to African art and African-American artists.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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With the current economy it's doubtful any money would be spend on tourism.

But, one of the things Atlanta gets criticized the most for is a lack of water. I'm not saying they should exactly try to duplicate it, but, they could in theory come up with a small "artificial river" downtown lined with restaurants, similar to the River Walk in San Antonio, on a smaller scale. It's certainly a better thought than Underground these days, but until they get a handle on the panhandling issues downtown, nothing will do well.

In the suburbs, they just need better advertising. Most people don't know about places like the Kangaroo refuge, or Dahlonega, etc. There needs to be one central web site (and kiosks in-town) that highlight ALL attractions throughout the City AND metro area, for tourists.
Good post. I agree with the idea for some sort of water feature.
I like the Riverwalk idea as in San Antonio. Oklahoma City has a boat ride through Bricktown near the downtown area.

They could develop the areas along the Chatt near Cumberland Mall and Ray's on the River. They could in fact, develop both sides of the river and connect it with pedestrian bridges. What do you think?

About the advertising website, I definitely agree. GA doesn't do enough to advertise what we already have, however, the question here is not about what we already have, but what we could do new.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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^You really need to knock it off - it's getting real old.

We are in line for the National Health Museum somewhere around Olympic Park. I understand that fundraising is gearing up.

I agree with Greg that some sort of water oriented attraction would be nice.

I would also like to see the banks of Peachtree Creek reclaimed, reforrested, boardwalks & trails put in, little sections of pubs/shops/restaurants clustered along it sporadically, etc.

They are doing something sort of similar to this up in Charlotte with the Sugarcreek Greenway.
For so long, I've had the same idea. I would look at maps of Peachtree Creek, and imagine what it could look like. I imagine that it has the potential to look like in Helen, Ga. This one you have is a very GOOD idea.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Atlanta has enough tourist attractions at the moment...the economy isn't conducive to travel and leisure at this time. What makes you think Atlanta is hurting for tourists? Stone Mountain, Six Flags, the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, CNN, MLK, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta History Center, Braves/Falcons/Hawks/Thrashers, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Auburn Avenue, the High Museum of Art, Zoo Atlanta, the King Center, Underground, the Fox, Centennial Olympic Park, Buckhead shopping, Fernbank, the several house museums around the city, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Oakland Cemetery...isn't that enough for now?
Sorry, but you really could have kept this to yourself. Like I said before. If you don't have ideas and want to imagine, then this isn't the thread for you. its not about necessity, the real issues or what we already have. It's about ideas. Ideas... Ideas...
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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A gambling casino downtown- at or near underground would be a good thing.
WOW... a casino downtown... Hmmm... Would meet up against a huge fight to pass. I for one wouldn't mind. What about not in the downtown area? What do you think about creating a district well outside the city, out in the country somewhere? A district with many casinos, restaurants and clubs. Atlanta would be more like a stopping point, while going to the entertainment district for a vacation... Yes, no?
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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Atlanta screams for a Gone With the Wind attraction. I don't mean something for history buffs, I mean a big, garish tourist atrocity with Tara, Twelve Oaks, Burning of Atlanta ride, Battle of Atlanta stunt show, etc.

That is what would bring the philistines to Atlanta as a destination.
OH, PLEASE NO. Sorry, but I disagree with this idea.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:16 PM
 
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They are already coming to Atlanta as a destination. We don't need any tacky, stereotypical attractions here, thank you.
Again... REALLY not needed here.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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I think a big problem isn't the lack of attractions, but the lack of transportation methods between them- mainly MARTA. Its got a terrible reputation and people write it off as a transportation option when considering how to get around. When people visit me they are always afraid to ride marta and think they are going to get mugged or run into Soulja girl.
LOL... Very funny. I think everyone agrees with you on this. So, this isn't really a question. But hilarious none the less.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Upgrading MARTA or other public transport would be great for Atlanta. Of all of the Touristy stuff I have only done the World of Coke and the Aquarium, and of course the Varsity and a Braves game if that counts. When I travel and vacation I like to stray away from the Touristy spots and blend in with the locals.
I like to take in all of the city when I go, if time permits. The tourist attractions as well as venture off the beat'n path.

Here's a question: What could Atlanta create to some day be a stand alone symbol of the city recognizable worldwide? For examples: Paris has the Eiffel Tower. NYC has the Statue of Liberty, Seattle has the Seattle Space Needle. San Fran-Bridge, Chicago-Sears Tower
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