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!

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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