As if SunTrust Park and the Mercedes Benz Arena weren’t enough upgrades for Atlanta sports fanatics, this past week, the NFL gods also gifted us with the opportunity to host the 2019 Super Bowl. With much speculation regarding the finances and timing, you may ask: gift or transaction? You decide. After government leaders agreed to put millions of dollars from taxes towards building the Falcon’s new stadium, it is no coincidence that NFL looked favorably upon our favorite city.
The Falcon’s new home, however, is not the only new shiny toy in Atlanta. When thousands and thousands of fans gather to watch the contestants of the 53rd Super Bowl in two and a half years, the identity of Atlanta will be very different than when it last hosted the Super Bowl in 2000. Over the past sixteen years, our city has had a serious facelift, and here are just a few of our favorite features.
The Georgia Aquarium: Opening in 2005, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, housing thousands of marine creatures in over 10 million gallons of water. As a result of Bernard Marcus’s vision and other corporate sponsors such as Coca Cola, SunTrust, and Georgia Pacific, this attraction was established debt free and was visited by over 1 million in the first 100 days of its opening. Putting equal emphasis on both its attractions and its environmental mission, the Georgia Aquarium has surpassed all expectations. It's five exhibits, including whale sharks and beluga whales, are perfect for a summer field trip (or date) on a rainy or outrageously hot day.
BeltLine Project: What we know as the Atlanta BeltLine actually started out as a senior thesis on alternate transportation in Atlanta by a Georgia Tech student in 1999. After Ryan Gravel sent his proposal to dozens of influential leaders of Atlanta, the BeltLine Partnership formed in 2005 and received an 18 million dollar grant in 2013. This project aims to transform miles of unused railroad tracks by including a neighborhood transit system, paths for non motorized traffic, and the redevelopment of land (to improve both transportation and Atlanta Real Estate). On any given weekend, you can hop on the BeltLine and join many biking, walking, running, or even rollerblading down its paths and stop by Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, or Piedmont Park.
West Midtown: Also known as the Westside, over the past decade, this once industrial focused area has transformed into a hot spot for young families, art galleries, retail, urban loft styled work space, and restaurants. Anchored by Westside Provisions District, this side of town is home to 4 major art centers (all of which have tours the 3rd Saturday of every month): Goat Farms Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, and King Plow Arts Center.
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