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Atlanta Streets Closed to Cars on Sunday
The streets of Atlanta close down to automobile traffic and open up to all sorts of new possibilities at this time of year for Atlanta Streets Alive.
Inspired by “open streets projects” from across the globe, the idea for ASA stems from a project in Bogotá, Colombia, where neighborhood activists opened the streets for people to bike, skate, or use any human powered means of transportation, while temporarily closing them to motor vehicles.
The vision for Atlanta Streets Alive, which is being held this Sunday, Sept. 28, is to encourage Atlanta to develop living streets — streets that appeal to pedestrians, bikers, businesses and neighbors. On this day, people can regain ownership of the streets for which they pay taxes to build and maintain, and participate as the streets come to life for all to enjoy.
This 'living' transformation is brilliantly exemplified by one of the buildings nestled along the ASA route. A once forgotten, former Sears, Roebuck & Company building has been resurrected as one of the largest historic projects in Atlanta and the nation. Now named Ponce City Market (PCM), this historic mixed-use community hub is focused on artisanal food, fashion and technology. Steeped in local history, PCM is also moving forward toward a bright and shiny new future.
PCM, located on Ponce de Leon Avenue Northeast, is linked directly to the Atlanta BeltLine, situated just across from Old Fourth Ward Park. It’s within easy walking or pedaling distance to Atlanta neighborhoods, including Virginia Highland, Poncey Highlands and Midtown. It's also an incredibly short distance from many of Atlanta’s top attractions that are featured in Atlanta CityPASS.
Ponce City Market pairs accessible and artisanal food with a balanced mix of local and national retail, in conjunction with loft office space and the next generation of loft dwellers. PCM will redefine how Atlanta lives, eats, shops, learns, works, commutes and plays, as it fills a hole in the community where there once sat a neglected and silent building.
Within its repurposed walls, Ponce City Market will cater to all ages, from preschool-aged children at The Suzuki School to burgeoning entrepreneurs at General Assembly. It already has a handful of early adopters open and will continue to open organically with the main food hall and retail opening in spring of 2015, followed by the roof in late 2015, or early 2016.
Currently, PCM is home to a fine arts supply store, a coffee bar, and the "Flats", which features 259 residential studios up to 3-bedroom apartments. The Central Food Hall is slated to open in 2015 and will offer many types of food options, including take-out, sit-down dining and over-the-counter service, etc.
Atlanta Streets Alive is on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2-6 pm. The route is a 5-mile loop. For specific street locations, read more here. Ponce City Market is located at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE.