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Downtown Atlanta, Terminus in another era, has a hole in the middle of it. The Gulch, the area where the railroad hub was located around which the city was initially built years before the Civil War, is a wasteland that has sat in neglect for years. For Atlanta, and for the southeast region as a whole, it's best to turn The Gulch into an updated version of its former self, a light rail and/or high-speed transit hub connecting Atlanta to other cities. It's not that the area is any monument to the city's history - a designated historical area as so many neighborhoods have become thanks to local activists - it's more that private developers want to privatize and monetize the area. City hall seems all too willing to go along with such plans, essentially creating a gated community in the middle of a city that should be open to flourish. White flight in the '60s was the reason for much of Downtown's deterioration. Now the children of those people want to move back into the city, and developers are all too keen to offer them some semblance of the "safety" and "security" that their parents sought OTP. Even Atlanta's zero-mile post, the stone pillar that marked the terminus of the Western and Atlantic Railroads, has fled to Buckhead, or, at least, been kidnapped, and taken to the Atlanta History Center's new digs on West Paces Ferry Road.Downtown used to be a ghost town after sunset. Though still overrun by state and local government buildings whose occupants clear out once the clock turns five, that is slowly changing, thanks to the sprawling concrete campus of Georgia State University and pockets of residential development. A lively, open community in the heart of the city would no doubt bring more tourists out at night, and a modern transportation hub would be just what the city needs to lure more events to the World Congress Center and the myriad of hotel conference centers and ballrooms from Marietta Street to North Avenue. It would also offer the casual visitor the chance for a day trip to take in one of the many attractions downtown - Mercedes-Benz Stadium, State Farm Arena, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. An influx of such visitors might even cause the Atlanta Streetcar project to start breaking even.

Arts & Culture

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Downtown galleries and the arts. Downtown has a thriving arts scene. Check out listings for local art galleries, GA State and art venues in our Downtown Guide | more...

Bars & Nightlife

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Downtown bars/pubs & nightlife. Downtown is known for its diverse nightlife. Check out listings for Masquerade, the Tabernacle, Red Phone Booth and other clubs. | more...

Community Organizations

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Downtown and neighborhood community organizations. Listings for churches, health providers, City resources and other community info. See our Downtown Guide. | more...

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Downtown parks and outdoor activities - hikes, trails around Downtown. Check out listings for Centennial & Woodruff Parks and other parks in our Downtown Guide | more...

Restaurants

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Downtown neighborhood restaurants. Listings for Rays in the City, Aviva, Jamrock, Landmark Diner, Nicolai's Roof and other places to eat. See our Downtown Guide. | more...

Stores

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Once home to all the major department stores, Downtown Atlanta still has a few shopping downtown shops. Listings for Walters, Friedman's and a few other notables. | more...

Services

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Pro sports listings as well as downtown fitness and yoga spots. Listings for the Hawks, United, Falcons, GSU and other Fitness spots. See our Downtown Guide. | more...

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Downtown lodging options. When the conventions are in town, expect packed hotels, when they are out, there are great options for boutique and traditional hotels. | more...

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Downtown business and personal services. Listings for hair salons, Switchyards co-working space, design, accounting and other services. See our Downtown Guide. | more...
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