With support from the Midtown Improvement District (MID), and in partnership with our public and private sector partners, Midtown Alliance is creating a more accessible, greener, safer district. Since 2000, the MID has contributed more than $20 million to leverage more than $400 million in public and private funding for infrastructure improvements, transportation network enhancements and public park spaces.
These investments have transformed Midtown’s major corridors with more than 15 miles of new sidewalks, bicycle facilities, pedestrian and street lighting, street trees, landscaping, improved crosswalks and traffic signal management - all of which reinforce the district’s strong urban identity … and keep Midtown looking good.
Midtown Alliance, in cooperation with Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), is directing a $6 million enhancement of the two Peachtree Street bridges that span I-75/85. With signage and pedestrian upgrades, this effort celebrates the bridges on either end of Midtown as gateways into Atlanta's urban core. Construction began in 2015 and continues through 2016.
Ground broke in late-2015 on the latest in a series of enhancements along Peachtree Street in the SONO area, “South of North Avenue.” New improvements will be completed by summer 2016 and include wider sidewalks, curbs, bike sharrows, ADA ramps, supplemental lighting, landscaping, and other touches that will enhance the link between Midtown and Downtown Atlanta.
Completed in the summer of 2015 and funded by the City of Atlanta, the barrier-separated, two-way Cycle Track connects the Atlanta BeltLine to Midtown’s core via 10th Street. The project made the People for Bikes "America's 10 Best Protected Bike Lanes" list, and it was recognized among “Atlanta’s Best” in 2015 by Creative Loafing. Take the Cycle Track for a spin by playing the video below.
With the final phase of utility burial completed in 2015, the 10th Street corridor between Williams Street and Piedmont Avenue now features new sidewalks, a new signalized mid-block crossing at the Midtown MARTA station, street trees, pedestrian lighting, landscaped medians, curbs, street paving, bike facilities and ADA upgrades.
This pilot project to support Midtown’s burgeoning EcoDistrict brought a new approach to stormwater management and flooding that had affected pedestrian accessibility at the intersection of 5th Street and Juniper Street. Construction on two bioswales, along with adjacent sidewalks and ADA ramps, was completed in 2015, aiding accessibility and stormwater drainage and providing natural filtration.
More than 70 sidewalks throughout the district were repaired in 2015, as part of a $200,000 annual program that improves sidewalks to keep Midtown walkable for everyone.
75 tree wells were adopted and fenced in 2015 via this program, supported by dozens of property owners who now add plants and maintain tree wells at more than 265 sites overall within the District.
Planted seasonal annuals along streets, in medians and in parks and plazas; replaced damaged or dead shrubs and perennials. Planted 25 new street trees to replace those that were diseased, dying or missing. Applied annual treatments to 847 street trees to resist pests and improve health.
In late-2015, Midtown Alliance installed more than 75,000 decorative twinkle lights in plazas and around trees in the District to add to the visual experience.
Midtown Alliance completed a GIS satellite-based inventory of the entire Midtown Improvement District’s (MID) tree canopy, tallying more than 2,200 trees within the public right-of-way along Midtown's sidewalks, providing shade and creating both a green and urban experience. And these numbers do not include the substantial number of trees on private properties within the District, nor do they include the thousands of trees concentrated in Piedmont Park.
The inventory serves as an exhaustive record of the size and health of every street tree in the MID. The inventory also cataloged the various tree species. All of this detailed data helps Midtown Alliance’s team track and maintain Midtown's trees, as well as plan for new tree plantings and replacements.