Celebrate Our Intown HOOD!

EXPERIENCE FWW THROUGH THE LOCALS

+ DROPDOWNS HIGHLIGHTING FWW URBAN AMENITIES TO EXPLORE

THE BELTLINE 22 MILE LOOP, FREEDOM TRAIL, MARTA

Showing the 22 mile Beltline loop. GREEN: numerous bike/walking paths. ORANGE: Marta Civic Center Station is on the west border.
WALKING AND BIKING:
THE BELTLINE –  22 MILES OF AN OLD RAILWAY LOOPING AROUND ATLANTA TURNED INTO  WALKING AND BIKING PATHS
FWW is 1/4 mile to the Beltline Eastside Trail and the Civic Center Marta Station is within its boundaries. The Eastside Trail feels like Paris with all the people, dogs and cafes. (https://beltline.org/places-to-go/eastside-trail/).  Artists have used the revitalized paths as venues for displays of public art and homes located close to the BeltLine have new feathers in their caps.
THE FREEDOM TRAIL BIKE/WALKING PATH is on the south border and intersects the Beltline, shown green on map at left and a choice under “Path Foundation Trails” on the various maps here: https://beltline.org/map/.
Here is a Freedom Trail tour map.
Here is an overall bike map of the Atlanta City area.
ATLANTA BIKE COALITION/PEDS advocates for good walking and bike paths. https://www.atlantabike.org/peds-merger.
CENTRAL PARK, RENAISSANCE PARK, FUTURE JACKSON STREET BRIDGE PARKLET AND MORE


Map showing City parks in FWW
City of Atlanta Parks in FWW
parkscustomerservice@atlantaga.gov for any park issues.

Friends of Central and Renaissance Parks is the supporting organization whose goal is to uplift these green oasis’s.
Central Park
is a 17-acre recreational facility that includes paths, soccer and baseball athletic fields, 4 tennis courts, basketball courts an open-air gym, a playground & a recreational center. The soccer field may be getting AstroTurf. Both Central and Renaissance Park were created within an old neighborhood called Buttermilk Bottoms which was razed in the 1960s for urban renewal and the area developed with owner-based multifamily homes.
Renaissance Park is a 5.4-acre park with paths and a large and small dog off-leash area. In November 2013 the dog park was created in the western portion of this park by area citizens.  More History HERE .
Series of small Parkway Parks: Parkway-Merrit (has an open-air gym), Parkway-Angier, Parkway-Wabash (Peace Park).
Jackson Bridge Parklet (Future): A submission idea for the City of Atlanta Placemaking Competition by Jonathan DiGioia
NPU-M Transportation Chair 2018. More info HERE and from URBANIZE ATLANTA.

EXPORE LOCAL: O4W BUSINESS ASSOCIATION


Old 4th Ward Business Association Logo from site : https://o4wba.com/
Explore small businesses in the community:
https://o4wba.com/neighborhood/

Mission: We are your O4W business community.
We INFORM and educate about City of Atlanta events, initiatives and incentives.
We CONNECT you with resources necessary to build a sustainable business.
We ADVOCATE for small independent businesses on a city and state levels.

SWEET AUBURN WORKS


Sweet Auburn Works Graphic from site https://www.sweetauburnworks.com/

SWEET AUBURN WORKS
https://www.sweetauburnworks.com/
To Preserve, Revitalize, and Promote the commercial and cultural legacy of the Sweet Auburn Historic District. Sweet Auburn is where Martin Luther King was born in 1929 and where his memorial was located in 1968. A good book to read for a history of this area is: Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family

NEXTDOOR NEIGHBORS APP


Next Door Neighbors Graphic from site https://nextdoor.com/city/atlanta–ga/.

NEXTDOOR NEIGHBORS
https://nextdoor.com/login/
Nextdoor is an app where you can connect to 275,000 neighborhoods globally, including good ol’ Fourth Ward West! See news posts of residents, resident frustrations,  sell stuff fast with free posts, connect to special interest groups, businesses and more.

+ DROPDOWNS HIGHLIGHTING COMING-UP FWW URBAN AMENITIES

ONGOING PROJECT: THE STITCH


Civic Center Redevelopment (blue) and the Stitch Initiative over I-75/I-85 Connector (green) -Image from Atlanta Housing- Stitching Downtown Back Together The I-75/I-85 Downtown Connector was heavily constructed during the late 1970s & early 1980’s and destroyed street grids east and south of downtown. “The Stitch” is a design study for a new ¾-mile platform that spans the I-75/I-85 Downtown Connector and ‘stitches’ Downtown back together. The concept creates 14 acres of new urban greenspace atop a new platform structure from the Civic Center MARTA Center at West Peachtree Street to FWW and Piedmont Avenue.
2022 Update: HERE
2019 Update: HERE
More info: Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID)
https://www.atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/the-stitch
ONGOING PROJECT: THE CIVIC CENTER URBAN METAMORPHOSIS


Civic Center Redevelopment Graphic -Image from Atlanta Housing-

Future Urban Amenity
2014: The Civic Center was closed for assembly use in 2014 to be developed into a multi-use center by a private developer. 
2017-2022:
Atlanta Housing purchased the site and an artists community venue is being developed. Their proposal is to reuse the 1968 Civic Center auditorium’s transitional modern architecture, readapting the auditorium’s seating and interior and exterior beautiful modern details and rich materiality (note the brickwork). Respecting the beauty and handiwork of the past generations and being both economical and sustainable in the process is win-win-win!
Here are some Civic Center updates :
A- Atlanta Housing’s July 15th Briefing to the FWW: HERE
B- FROM urbanize.city/atlanta/

ONGOING PROJECT: THE JACKSON STREET BRIDGE PARKLET

Artists Conception of Jackson Street Bridge Parklet Project
FABULOUS Jackson Street Bridge Parklet Project
A submission idea for the City of Atlanta Placemaking Competition by Jonathan DiGioia NPU-M Transportation Chair. On June 6, 2018 this project won The Department of City Planning Placemaking Program.
2021 News From Urbanize Atlanta:  https://urbanize.city/atlanta/post/jackson-street-bridge-photos-downtown-old-fourth-ward
For more info and further links: https://atlbuildings.com/jackson-street-bridge-project/