Atlantic Station and West Midtown (Westside)
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Tour Atlantic Station with the CNU! For more information, see Tour 15, Atlantic Station: Quality growth emerges from urban brownfield.
Places of Interest
The Millennium Gate Museum (395 17th St / 404.875.3523) – Located in the middle of a park on Atlantic Station's central axis of 17th Street, this 101-foot tall Indiana limestone arch, based on Rome's Arch of Titus, contains a small museum focused on Georgia and Atlanta history.
Dialog in the Dark (265 18th Street / 866.866.8265) – Dialog in the Dark explores life without sight in an exhibition that enhances the senses, challenges pre-determined understandings of our relations with a vibrant world, and deepens self-awareness. Led by a visually impaired guide, the program maneuvers through a variety of replicated real life experiences, from street intersections to consumer stores, all without the aid of light.
Bodies Exhibition (265 18th Street / 866.866.8265) – Featuring more than 250 real, whole and partial human body specimens, the exhibition provides an authentic and up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, and circulatory components of the human form.
Saltworks (664 11th St NW Atlanta, GA 30318 / 404.881.0411) – A gallery created by an Atlanta native, Saltworks is a modern commercial art space in the middle of the Westside development project. With a wide-open floor plan of what was once a piano shop, the gallery features installation, painting, video, photography and drawing from both international and local talents.
Sandler Hudson Gallery (1009-A Marietta St NW / 404.817.3300) - In the 21 years since its opening in 1989, the Sandler Hudson Gallery has continued its dedication to contemporary artists working in all media. The gallery has three exhibition spaces including a rooftop sculpture area.
1. Neighborhood Vignette
2. Reasons to Visit
3. Neighborhood Map
5. Places to Eat
1. Neighborhood Vignette:
West Midtown (sometimes referred to as Westside) is a former industrial area that is quickly redeveloping as a residential, retail and arts district with both infill and adaptive reuse. Adjacent to this area is Atlantic Station, a redevelopment of the former Atlantic Steel Mill; it is now the nation's largest brownfield clean up site.
You approach Atlantic Station, whose bone structure is based on a DPZ master plan, over the massive new 17th Street bridge, which links West Midtown and Midtown, crossing the I-75/85 downtown connector. Atlantic Station's "downtown" has dining, shopping, entertainment, office, hotel and residential components. Just to its west and south are the development's more focused residential areas, including loft-style apartment buildings surrounding a park with a water feature that doubles as a stormwater catchment.
Two blocks west of Atlantic Station, 17th Street brings you to the city's reservoir, located at a high point with of one of the finest skyline views, and the redeveloping former industrial area along Howell Mill Road. South from there, several sizable warehouse and industrial complexes have been redeveloped in recent years. The Westside Urban Market, for example, now houses fashion and interior design boutiques, and restaurants, including Bacchanalia, a pioneer in using local, natural ingredients that is consistently highlighted as one of the top spots in town. The White Provision Complex, the Brickworks, and the King Plow Arts Center all contain some combination of retail, restaurant, gallery, creative office and residential uses. New residential and mixed-use infill projects are filling out the spaces in between them. This dynamic area is noteworthy for innovative new and adaptive-reuse architectural design. Old rail lines and yards still define this section of town, reminders of Atlanta's history as a traditional railroad town.
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2. Reasons to Visit:
Atlantic Station provides a green and sustainable solution to Atlanta's notoriously convoluted commuter network. With average travel time higher in this city than in almost any other in the world, this smart development model provides a concentrated community with a functional mix of affordable housing, business and retail, and cultural elements. Currently providing over 10,000 residence opportunities and employment space for 30,000, Atlantic Station encourages a pedestrian lifestyle. That's achieved not only by its mix of residential, retail, office and entertainment uses, but also by a free shuttle bus running a continuous loop through the community and across the bridge to the Arts Center MARTA station. Over 150,000 tons of soil was cleaned and 2000 trees planted in the redevelopment, and 171 17th Street was the first building in the Southeast built to LEED specifications, making it the most environmentally friendly commercial office building ever constructed in Atlanta. The village green unequivocally mixes park space with the adjacent retail and housing centers, and park space around The Millennium Gate offers a scenic retreat in the more residential portion of the development.
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3. Neighborhood Map:
View Atlantic Station and West Midtown in a larger map
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Walk one and a half blocks to the Peachtree Center MARTA Station and take either the Red or Yellow line to the Arts Center stop. You can take one of the free shuttles to and from Atlantic Station or walk a block North along W. Peachtree Street, take a left on 17th Street and continue up the walkway towards the village green.
To continue on to Westside, take the MARTA train heading south from the Arts Center to the Midtown station. Bus #12, which runs every half hour, will take you to several stops along Howell Mill Road.
Start out going south on Courtland Street, and take a left onto Harris Street. Take a quick left onto Piedmont Avenue and continue for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto 14th Street, take a right onto W. Peachtree Street after .5 miles, and take a sharp left onto 17th Street. Continue across the bridge, and signs will point to several roads on the right that lead to a three-story parking deck. Travel time is approximately eight minutes.
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5. Places to Eat:
Bacchanalia (1198 Howell Mill Rd / 404.365.0410) – Often considered Atlanta's best, Bacchanalia has been a forerunner of fresh ingredients mixed with a fascinating menu.
Taqueria del Sol (1200B Howell Mill Rd / 404.352.5811) - A quick pick with great margaritas and some of the best tacos in town.
Flip Burger Boutique (1587 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318 / 404.352.3547) – Flip offers a variation of the classic burger.
Six Feet Under (685 11th St./ 404-810-0040) - A seafood restaurant with a down-home fish house feel, Six Feet Under offers a large variety of good eats.
Bocado (887 Howell Mill Rd./ 404-815-1399) Local, organic, ingredients-driven fare in a handsome modern space with a casual atmosphere and a lively patio.
Dolce Enoteca (261 19th St. NW / 404.872.3902) – Great food and fun, this place is typically the favorite spot of professional ball players and music stars. It also offers a somewhat private club upstairs that features bowling and private rooms alongside a hip and edgy bar scene.
Geisha House (1380 Atlantic Dr / 404.872.3903) – One of Atlanta's best sushi joints.
Lobby at TWELVE (361 17th St / 404.961.7370) – Provides a stylish setting for a casual modern American bistro.
Strip (245 18th St / 404.385.2005) - A multilevel steak house with lively bars and patios, the restaurant provides a stylish environment complete with a nightly DJ and dance floor.
Rosa Mexicano (245 18th St. / 404.347.4090) Mexican goes glam at this high-energy spot famous for a dramatic tableside guacamole preparation.
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