Amy Wenk, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Imagine a Peachtree Street with more pedestrians and bicyclists than cars.
Atlanta planners can see it.
The city’s Department of City Planning is now seeking to hire engineering firms to study the potential of transforming downtown’s Peachtree Street, from North Avenue to Marietta Street.
The goal? To make the corridor less car-centric and more safe and accessible for all users, while also bringing new energy to the street level.
The city partnered with Atlanta Regional Commission, which is funding the new study, Keane said. Bids are due July 15. The hope is to select a firm by the end of the summer and complete the study by year end.
The goal is to complete improvements to Peachtree by 2026, when Atlanta is expected to be a World Cup host, Keane said.
“This vision for enhanced pedestrian spaces is exactly what downtown needs,” said Jennifer Ball, vice president of planning and economic development at Central Atlanta Progress.
The best outcome, Ball added, would be “the creation of a space that attracts people to enjoy the excitement and character that only downtown can offer, while also enhancing the value of real estate around it so that new restaurants and retailers are drawn to Peachtree Street.”
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