Located in the heart of the city, Midtown Atlanta is home to a diverse population and a thriving business community. Due to competing definitions put out by the city, citizens, and local business groups, the precise geographical boundaries of the area are unclear. Nonetheless, between North Avenue and 17th Street, the commercial heart of the neighborhood is located in a cluster of high-rise office buildings, condominiums, hotels, and upscale shopping. Midtown is the second-largest economic district in Metro Atlanta, located between Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. In 2011, there were roughly 41,685 residents and 81,420 business residents in the Midtown area.
Central Business District and Cultural Center Midtown is a thriving business and cultural district. Tours of Margaret Mitchell’s childhood home can be taken in addition to those of the world-renowned artworks on display at the High Museum of Art. There is a wide variety of restaurants on Peachtree Street, from quick bites to five-star fare. Piedmont Park is a large, lush park with paths for strolling.
Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood is a visual arts lover’s dream. Many smaller theaters call Midtown home, in addition to the well-known Fox Theatre. Beautiful collections and displays can be seen at the High Museum. Visit the Botanical Gardens in the spring to take in the stunning blooms. After a day of sightseeing, head to one of Midtown’s many excellent restaurants for dinner before hitting the town’s hottest nightclubs.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Fox Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Design Atlanta are just some of the many arts and cultural institutions that can be found in Midtown, which has the highest concentration of such places in the Southeast.
There are about 6 million annual visitors to Midtown, many of whom come for the numerous annual events that take place there (such as the Atlanta Pride, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Georgia Tech athletic games, and Music Midtown). Due to its convenient location inside the city’s mass transit network and established urban street grid, as well as its increasing popularity, Midtown has become a prime location for high-density construction since the 1990s.
Midtown has seen a proliferation of luxury condo towers including the Spire, Viewpoint, and 1010 Midtown in the 2000s. The then-Mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, initiated a proposal in 2006 to transform a 14-block section of Peachtree Street into a pedestrian-friendly shopping district. The Atlantic Station mixed-use development, located on the old site of the Atlantic Steel plant, and the west side of the city were united in 2004 with the construction of the Seventeenth Street Bridge over the Downtown Connector.
The Midtown Alliance was established in 1978 by a collection of concerned residents, workers, business owners, and members of the community who wanted to make Midtown a better place to live, work, and play. The Alliance works to strengthen local communities by bolstering public safety, expanding cultural and educational opportunities, and training new leaders. The Alliance’s master plan, Blueprint Midtown, is widely regarded as a driving force behind the economic revival that has turned the once-dismal Midtown district into a trendy residential area over the course of the previous few years.