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What Would You Improve in Midtown in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Midtown and/or Atlanta's westside, what would it be?

A new year has arrived and with it countless resolutions.

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Midtown or the westside of Atlanta to make them even better places to live?

What's on your wish list?

Would you like to see a major reduction in crime? From Howell Mill Road to Georgia Tech to Piedmont Park to Ponce de Leon Avenue and all surrounding areas in our Midtown Patch, the headlines in 2012 were filled with crime stories, including numerous armed pedestrian robberies. Just last week, some civic-minded citizens helped apprehend a thief in Midtown as the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance details here.

Would you like to see Midtown's prostitution problem eliminated? How about a 2013 satisfactory resolution to the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter issue?

Does your wish list include for the Midtown Mile to begin making steps towards being akin to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and New York’s Madison Avenue? Maybe your wish list is for smart development at some of Midtown's most visible locations, such as across the street from the High Museum, or at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets where the boutique grocery store failed this past fall?

Maybe your wish list includes education, and you'd like see the overcrowding issue resolved at the schools within the Grady Cluster? Is the completion of Piedmont Park's expansion on your wish list? Are you ready for Midtown's traffic lights to be synced or for the traffic to improve along Howell Mill Road and Northside Drive?

What is one thing you would improve in 2013 for Midtown and/or the westside of Atlanta?

Tell us in the comment section below. Tell us what you love about living here, and what could make the community even better!

Tim January 03, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Parking lots/empty lots are a problem, but as the economy improves these will be built on. I think some of the challenges are to limit visibility of these huge parking garages (Viewpoint), adding bike paths, sidewalks, and more greenery/trees for shade and attractiveness. Since parks and recreation are at the fundamental core of a good city, the beltline is a huge success already, and should continue to improve along with Piedmint Park imrovements and Freedom Park/Old 4th Ward Park. These parks and the beltline are now beginning to connect the intown neighborhoods in a fantastic way by increasing movement of people, increased recreation, decreasing traffic already, and improved health.
No Thanks Novare January 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Development that has some architectural integrity - buildings that give Midtown a sense of place. Just when Buckhead is figuring out it needs more greenspace and character, Midtown developers are building ugly, soulless buildings punctuated by infinitely worse parking decks.
bob January 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Welcome to Cafe Intermezzo, new restaurants at 10th & Piedmont and the others. As Midtown fan said, fix the intersections at Monroe & 10th (in progress, don't mess it up!) and Monroe & 8th. MARTA is now publishing live real-time data on bus locations, but none of the apps have integrated it yet and you can't bookmark your line from their website :( Get the Eastside trail adjacent to Piedmont Park paved up to Ansley. Do something with the vacant lot on 10th street near Juniper. Stop putting in restaurants that are unaffordable (thankfully we still have Joe's on Juniper and Jason's Deli)
bob January 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Can anything be done about those high tension power lines alone Monroe? I love my electricity, but they are U-G-L-Y.
David Way Jr January 03, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I agree with bob. Lets bury those power lines!
Stephen Fleming January 04, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I'd love to see the power lines buried, but it costs about $1 million per mile. Ouch!
JEFFREY January 05, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Synchronize traffic lights!!! Line up the streets. Remove old elevated power lines. Broaden the sidewalk.
Dana Persons January 05, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Decorative pedestrian lighting along Midtown's streets (to supplement the sparsely placed uber-high street lights that only line one side of each street). Doggie Depots on the Beltline (or trashbins). Improve safety, traffic, parking, cleanup, and festival access planning for all festivals and large events/races in Midtown. Add tons of bike racks and bike lanes. More collaboration/respect for NPU recommendations.
ChadK January 05, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Far off future, but I would like to see plans for the North-South Streetcar line changed. Currently that plan calls for the line to run exclusively on Peachtree street. If streetcar presence is supposed to boost business along the line I suggest the car heads North on Peachtree and South on West Peachtree. This would encourage business on both roads and the streets in-between. (Not to mention that the streetcar eating up 2 lanes on Peachtree seems like a traffic nightmare to me).
ChadK January 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Oops got that backward... South on Peacthree and North on West Peachtree. It would be scary driving into the oncoming path of a streetcar. Unless W. Peachtree became a 2-way street. Hmm...
Pete January 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Convert 11th street into a one-way, east bound, between Juniper and Piedmont. It currently is too narrow for a two-way; make it similar to 13th street. Coming from the OC/CA, I find these telephone poles need to go underground; makes the city look very 1913 verses 2013.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Thanks for these solid Midtown improvement ideas. I'm compiling a list and we'll make every effort to look into these further. Keep 'em coming ...
Derek Edwards January 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM
This would be awesome! Ditto for W. Peachtree north of 12th and all of Spring Street. Those roads are like barriers for cyclists. A lot of cool projects are planned. It's too bad that Spring and Ponce aren't on the list. http://www.atlantabike.org/2.5millionforbikeprojects
Van Gogh January 06, 2013 at 06:50 AM
I agree with Dan Armstrong, pave the streets! They're terrible in so many parts of Midtown. And, how about preventing big tractor trailer rigs from using 10th Street? I know its a route to the connector, but I'm on 10th every day and most that I see are just going straight through. The part of 10th between Atlantic Ave and Northside Drive is especially bad, and I believe the big rigs contribute to that. They are also a hazard to pedestrians on the sidewalk of the south side of 10th when walking east to the Midtown Marta station. And one more thing...stop with the steel plates!!!
Steve Gower January 06, 2013 at 06:51 AM
The badly underutilized streetscape along Ponce needs to transform to a more urban streets with lots of city comforts... Like the transformations depicted at http://urban-advantage.com/_assets/slideShow_images_page/T390_Images.html
Steve Gower January 06, 2013 at 06:55 AM
My favorite example of what Ponce needs to become: http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/transformations/downtown.asp - be sure to click on "Next Photo" to see transformation.
Trent January 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Convert Spring and W Peach to one way. Great idea above about taxing empty lots. Streetcar where is always should have been, Westside to 10th/Monroe. More green space. Piedmont Park obscures the fact that Midtown has almost no green space outside of the park.
Trent January 06, 2013 at 03:30 PM
^ I meant convert to 2 way
Stephen Fleming January 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Convert Peachtree to one-way. Three southbound lanes Pershing Point to Five Points, plus streetcar, bike lanes, wider sidewalks. Northbound traffic moves to a williams, West Peachtree, and Piedmont.
Stefan McCain January 06, 2013 at 04:51 PM
The Children's school should become a better neighbor or go away I'd love to see rowboats (a la Central Park) on Clara Meer.
Jim Phillips January 07, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Pave the streets! It's like driving the streets of Baghdad. Why does every utility need to spray paint the sidewalks, tear up the streets and throw down steel plates the minute they have been freshly repaired or paved? Bury the power lines...worth it even if it costs $1 million per mile. They are a huge eyesore. (Yeah, yeah...that means spray paint, tearing up streets and steel plates, but they're doing that anyway). I also agree with the comments regarding intersections of Monroe at 8th and 10th, but one minor thing really irritates me...those stupid trees planted in the sidewalk on the Grady High School side of 10th Street near Monroe. The sidewalk is way too narrow as it is without eating up half the width with poorly pruned crepe myrtles. I love trees. I want more of them, but think before you plant.
Tom Hince January 08, 2013 at 02:12 AM
The panhandlers are out of control. Midtown has a litter problem also.
Rockrocket January 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Tear down any building that has any bit of historic and architectural value. Oh wait ... your doing that just fine. It seems Atlanta hates the past.
ChadK January 09, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Convert the Civic Center into a proper Natural History Museum (The Fernbank is a joke with 3 dinosaurs and a martini lounge). The Civic Center is a beautiful building with a lot of potential!
Urbanist January 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Spring and W Peachtree are 1-way. Have you ever been to Midtown?
Urbanist January 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Oh, nevermind...instead of asking if you've ever been to midtown, I should have asked if you are challenged of some sort
Urbanist January 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Are you kidding about more green space? *Sigh....another person who thinks the city should be a suburb.
Jesse Budlong January 10, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Encourage more local retail establishments and create incentives (either lease or payroll tax) for startups/small businesses to occupy underutilized space that has come line and sat dormant since construction.
arctk2011tj January 10, 2013 at 06:26 PM
People keep talking about synchronizing the streetlights. Well that's already being done, but to also note that also includes coordinating the cross streets to better improve the east-west flow as well. Midtown's fairly cut off from the Westside (which arguably is a good part of the larger Midtown neighborhood as well). Strengthening transit connections and options east-west would go a long way in helping bring some pedestrian-oriented developments as well. West Peachtree and Spring street should be converted to 2-way streets and finally making those into complete streets as well the entire route. As of now they are mere highway/interstate ramps with speeding cars and little pedestrian-oriented development can survive along these routes. And there still IS quite a need for some centralized green space in the Westside. I know that with the potential removal of Tech Parkway could free up some real estate for a right-sized park for the West Midtown neighborhood.
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Bike lanes on 10th street, which is under consideration! See "10th Street Two-Way Cycle Track" http://midtown.patch.com/articles/new-midtown-sidewalk-and-bicycle-project-planned-on-juniper

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