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    Atlanta: Virginia Highland & Atlantic Station (no 56k)

    Went to the ATL this weekend. Visited Virginia Highland, a pre-war streetcar commerical node and Atlantic Station, a brand new Midtown mixed-use brownfield development perched atop a three level parking garage and cut off from the rest of the city by a 12-lane expressway. Very impressed by V-H, but not by Atlantic Station.

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    From this brief photoessay, Atlantic Station looks amazing like Bay Street in Emeryville or maybe Santana Row in San Jose. There are worse ways to build chain retail. I did like the older community-quite lovely.

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    Interesting contrast between new urbanist and traditional areas. By what I can tell is both have people on the street walking, which is what you want your city to be. Is it the modernity of the AS that you don't like? Is it very dependant upon people driving or taking transit to AS as opposed to the other neighborhood? I do see housing in VH so it is very much a mixed use area, but I see offices in AS so it is mixed use as well. I guess I am not getting what is so bad about stictly from the photos.

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    Is it the modernity of the AS that you don't like? Is it very dependant upon people driving or taking transit to AS as opposed to the other neighborhood?
    I did not hate it, just didn't care for it. It seems completely disconnected from the rest of the city, but that is how most of Atlanta feels.

    This photo may put it in more perspective. This is what all sides look like: http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=354319

    FYI: There is no rapid transit access, just a massive parking garage below, a new bridge over the huge freeway and mini-bus shuttle service from MARTA Arts Center Station (about a 1-mile away).

    See: http://www.atlanticstation.com/

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    I didn't mean to say Atlantic Station was "amazing" just "amazingly" identical to other urbanistic lifestyle centers.

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    nice pics. I used to live in VH and my stepsister still lives there (right acros and to the left of that fire station!).

    As far as Atlantic Station, I went there during x-mas time (to Ikea of course) and it has a little bit to go before it 'matures', but at least they are trying... it will improve with time.
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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    I did not hate it, just didn't care for it. It seems completely disconnected from the rest of the city, but that is how most of Atlanta feels.

    This photo may put it in more perspective. This is what all sides look like: http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=354319
    Hmm is that a freeway above a parking structure??? wow how odd! So the street level is actually about level five of a parking garage?
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    Hmm is that a freeway above a parking structure???
    No, that is the 17th Street extension from Midtown.

    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    So the street level is actually about level five of a parking garage?
    Level 4 to be precise.

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