With more and more people moving here each year, Atlanta have not only seen more grocery stores and apartment complexes being built, but we are also currently experiencing a major facelift that has been years in the making. While bigger and better can definitely be exciting, we are having to say goodbye to many precious icons that our city is known for. Whether you have lived here for 50 years or are growing up and just now appreciating all that Atlanta has to offer, I think we can all reminisce upon the many memories that these symbols hold.
“Spirit of Atlanta” Mural: Do you remember flying home from a long business trip and being greeted by the children at Centennial Olympic Park? You better hold onto those flashbacks because after being the welcoming faces of Hartsfield Jackson for over 15 years, the Spirit of Atlanta mural is taking its final bow. What will replace it? As of late, the escalator leading to the domestic terminal will advertise Porsche’s new North American home in Atlanta. Future plans include upgrading to a digital screen to run advertisements (and is supposed to feature this beloved mural), but your journey up the escalator will have a different feel.
Turner Field: With only thirty something games left, it is of no surprise (unless you live in a box) that the Braves’ time at the Ted is quickly coming to a close. With an exit off 285 for SunTrust Park already made, the Bravos’ new mixed use development home is getting plenty of attention, but what about Turner? Home to many memories of driving under the Olympic Rings, tailgating in the Blue Lot, and experiencing the luxurious 755 Club, Turner will be under the plans of Georgia State by the end of the year, as they were the winning bidder in December and closed the deal yesterday morning. Though the price tag and details have not been fully disclosed, Georgia State envisions a redevelopment that includes athletic fields, student housing, and restaurants.
The Georgia Dome: Not only will Atlanta be hosting the 2019 Super Bowl, but as of a few days ago, the price tag of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium has increased to 1.6 billion dollars. If construction takes longer than anticipated, the Falcons may have to look into playing at the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech, as the Georgia Dome will have its last event March 2017 and is scheduled to be demolished around this time next year. Although the space will turn into parking and a hotel necessary for the new stadium, we sure will miss the home of two Superbowls, three Final Four’s, and the 1996 Olympic Basketball and Gymnastics.
The Masquerade: Having been a landmark in the Old Fourth Ward since 1988, the Masquerade is saying goodbye and is planning on moving west to a warehouse located on Fairmont Avenue. After being bought last July for 2.8 million, the famous Atlanta concert venue will be transformed into a multi-family development.
Thanks for the memories, ATL.
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