Residents of tourist-driven areas make Atlanta visitors feel welcome

April 15,2019

Gary A. White, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Deirdre Greenfield, who with her husband moved to downtown Atlanta from Johns Creek in 2016, said she considers herself “centrally located.”

The couple lives in a condo overlooking Centennial Olympic Park with views ranging from Georgia Tech nearby to Stone Mountain in the distance.

“We’re literally right at the gates of the roads where we can go north, south, east or west,” Greenfield said, noting it only takes them five minutes to get on the highway.

About 8.7 million people are drawn to downtown Atlanta’s tourist attractions annually, according to a 2017 report by Central Atlanta Progress. And while 26,850 people lived downtown as of 2016, a real estate market analysis by the Bleakly Advisory Group projected at least another 8,300 residents will move there by 2031.

The Greenfields enjoy walking their dogs and meeting tourists, most recently a family from California. During the past couple of years, Greenfield said, there has been an increase of visitors to the park. “People are excited to be here” she said. “Overall, the tourists bring energy to the city.”

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