Source: David Pendered, Saporta Report
Food Truck Fridays returns Friday to Downtown Atlanta in a new location, moving to Woodruff Park as part of the effort by civic leaders to strengthen the park’s growing role as the outdoor living room for the city’s central business district.
The event previously was staged at Broad Street Plaza, at MARTA’s Five Points Station.
The new site is just a block to the north and sends the message that the greenspace with a fountain is firmly under the control of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, which is an affiliate of Central Atlanta Progress. The civic group has a deal with the city to manage and maintain the park, which remains owned by the City of Atlanta.
The role of Woodruff Park has evolved over time. Decades ago it was a popular gathering place for folks who appeared to be homeless. It was the site of an loosely knit group that played chess on boards brought into the park. Occupy Atlanta based its protests there during the Great Recession. Now it is a popular getaway for Downtown office workers, students and residents.
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