By David Pendered
The Fox Theatre released today an economic impact study that shows the financial returns of the effort begun 40 years ago to save the theater from demolition.
The Fox Theatre was saved from demolition and created $25 million in economic impact in 2014, a new study shows. Credit: iranwatsonphoto.com
The study shows the theater’s 500,000-plus visitors a year created in 2014:
$25 million in total economic impact, excluding ticket sales;
$2.8 million in sales tax, in 2014.
The jobs category includes ...more
Ridership on the Atlanta Streetcar is exceeding forecasts, although the forecasts were made with the presumption riders would pay for a trip.
Passengers will ride the Atlanta Streetcar for free in 2015 because there’s no feasible method to collect a fare at this time, according to Atlanta’s commissioner of public works. File/Credit: walkableapp.com
Richard Mendoza, Atlanta’s public works commissioner, said ridership in July set the record, at 102,619 passengers. Monthly ridership has ranged from 47,037 passengers to 92,107 passengers, he said.
Atlanta is completing the first update since 1952 of the city’s designated truck routes, and one road that is to be removed from the freight map leads to the Goat Farm Arts Center.
The road leading to the Goat Farm Arts Center is to be taken off the list of truck routes in Atlanta. Goats wandered behind a fence in this photo taken in May 2011. Credit: David Pendered
The roadway situation around the Goat Farm speaks to the complexity of ...more
Residents of East Atlanta who helped build a community gathering place found that they built something in addition to a park – a real sense of community.
Children play on Boulder Beast, a dragon made from clean scrap tires at East Atlanta Corner Project. Credit: Sylvia McAfee
To hear Joe Peery describe it, the community park came together in a fashion similar to the soup in the folktale about stone soup. This the fable in which a traveler stops in a ...more
The visioning process has started for a new park in Buckhead that’s adjacent to PATH 400, the multiuse trail being built along the Ga. 400 corridor that is to link with the Atlanta BeltLine, Livable Buckhead, Inc. announced Friday.
A park planned for a site adjacent to PATH400, on Old Ivy Road, provides this view of the Buckhead skyline. Credit: Livable Buckhead
The park is to be established at 519 Old Ivy Road. The parcel measures 0.65 acres and is located ...more
Atlanta’s airport plans to hire a company to build and operate a recycling facility that ultimately is to handle 200,000 tons a year of airport waste and yard clippings collected around town, refuse that otherwise would end up in a landfill, according to a bid released Monday.
The project is part of the airport’s move toward a zero waste program.
The Green Acres ATL Energy Park is to be built on at least 30 acres on the airport’s grounds that the vendor ...more
The Atlanta City Council has provided $48,000 to the ongoing effort to improve the area around West End and Morehouse College, an area that a Georgia Tech plan suggests is on the brink of revitalization.
This effort is in addition to the city’s plans to develop a complete streets project along a major corridor just to the north of Morehouse College. The city plans to install bike lanes, sidewalks and a linear park along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, all the ...more
For any number of reasons, Charleston tugs on Atlanta’s heartstrings. Atlanta’s new planning commissioner seems comfortable with this relation, and has devised a deft response to questions about why he left his job as planning commissioner with the Holy City.
Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane said he and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have a “good relation,” and “care about the same things.” Credit: David Pendered
“I love coming to Atlanta because it’s the capitol of the South,” Tim Keane said. “Atlanta ...more
Georgia’s population boom of the past 35 years is just the latest contributor to environmental challenges facing metro Atlanta and much of the Piedmont region. Past activities to farm trees, crops and animals set the stage for today’s conditions, according to a state report.
Arabia Mountain is home to diamorpha, which is found mainly in shallow basins on rocky outcrops in Georgia and which Georgia wants to protect. Species have been found in five other southern states. The Tennesseee Department ...more
A plan to double spending on bicycle and pedestrian amenities by 2040, and add transit capacity, has earned a federal award for the transportation planning organization for Chattanooga, and its suburbs in Georgia.
Chattanooga’s plans to double spending on bike lanes and walking paths, such as the Riverwalk, helped the region win a federal award for its transportation planning. Credit: iamfriday.me
“Building a world-class transportation system doesn’t happen overnight, and never by accident,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a ...more