Be Downtown for Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2014

Have family in town for the weekend and looking to entertain?  Want something fun and unique to do this holiday weekend?  Finally ready to take that stay-cation you've been waiting for?  Then Downtown Atlanta is the place for you to BE this Labor Day weekend. 

In additional to world-class attractions, including the newly-opened Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame, the city's most expansive dining selection and fantastic shopping, Downtown will host an array of exciting events and happenings from Thursday, August 28 through Monday, September 1.  With the most access points of anywhere in Atlanta, taking MARTA to enjoy all of the weekend's festivities is fast and easy!


Downtown Restaurant Week Returns August 9-17

July 30, 2014

Downtown Atlanta’s highly anticipated Restaurant Week returns for its 12th year Saturday, August 9, through Sunday, August 17, 2014. During this nine-day culinary event, top chefs offer diners signature menus at exceptional prices. Presented by Central Atlanta Progress, the annual Restaurant Week event gives Atlantans the opportunity to indulge in Downtown’s finest dining hot spots

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Steak Week

April 21, 2014

This summer, from June 9th through June 15th, Central Atlanta Progress and Creative Loafing are excited to present the 2014 Downtown Steak Week.  The first of its kind in the city of Atlanta, restaurants participating in Downtown Steak Week will feature specialty “steak” dishes that showcase their talent and one-of-a-kind attributes! 

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Downtown's Big Year

March 24, 2014

Central Atlanta Progress Marks 73 Years at Annual Meeting

At its 73rd Annual Meeting, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District celebrated Downtown’s big year and launched their 2014 fundraising campaign to attract new support for the organization.With the theme -- BE Downtown -- the campaign is built upon the city’s top executives, elected officials and community partners, CAP’s leadership showcased the myriad of exciting accomplishments that will come to fruition in 2014.

The lively event featured a “movie trailer” promoting Downtown’s Big Year, which highlighted some of the exciting openings, events and projects happening in 2014.  The Atlanta Streetcar, the Downtown Pop Up Retail program, the Downtown Daffodil Project, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights were just a few of the “stars” featured in the video.  The full printed list of more than 80 happenings was presented to attendees as a take-away item.  The “living” list is available on the CAP/ADID website:

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Take the Clean Car Challenge

February 10, 2014

Deputy Chief Joe Spillane, Field Operations Division, and Major Wayne Whitmire, Zone 5 Commander, addressed the Town Hall Meeting today about safety in Downtown, reinforcing the fact that Downtown is one of the safest places in Atlanta.  During this reporting period for 2013, there was a slight increase in Larcenies From Autos, which is our main crime problem in Downtown.  In comparing numbers, 2012 was an abnormally low incident year, bringing attention to any increases.  Incidents are still significantly lower than previous years for the most part.  

There are a number of police tactics and strategies in place to address Larceny from Autos this year: special details targeting Larcenies from Auto; increased walking beat officers and visibility; apply predictive policing; Video Integration Center surveillance camera system; as well as collaborations and partnerships with other public safety agencies and Downtown security and property management partners. 

One program we are focusing on this year is to introduce a New Clean Car Campaign Challenge to reduce Larcenies from Autos by 100.  The original program was introduced in 2009, and was extremely effective in educating the Downtown daily constituency, deterring and dramatically reducing the number of Larcenies From Autos.  Our new challenge will continue to reach out to our Downtown constituency, but will also reach out to our 13 million annual convention, special event and tourist visitors to inform them about good practices for safety, and not leaving any items in the car.  There was also an increase in Robberies and Aggravated Assaults in this six-month period. 

The robberies are often resulting from a shoplifting, where the offender resisted or fled when apprehended.  This is peculiar to Georgia law.  Often these cases can also be related to a drug buy gone bad, where someone put themselves into the circumstances conducive to this offense occurring. 

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