Three big news items we’d like to cover today:
We’re sure you’ve heard…after five years, Music Midtown is finally returning to Atlanta. September 24, the long-time Atlanta music festival will return to Piedmont Park after a six year hiatus. Headlining bands will be Coldplay and The Black Keys. Other bands scheduled to perform include Cage the Elephant, The Constellations, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, and more. We’re excited to have a significant music festival back in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 16 for $55. But how would you feel if Music Midtown ruined your wedding? An Atlanta couple who had booked part of Piedmont Park for September 24 started a Facebook group protesting about the surprise event that would conflict with their wedding. Fortunately, it was reported this week that the City, Piedmont Park, and Live Nation helped find a new venue for the wedding, and cheers were heard all around.
This week, it was reported that Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $3.3 million to fund an “Innovation Delivery Team” that will develop a 311 call center allowing the city’s citizens to dial 311 to find the right department for a service, freeing up 911 and other phone lines and improving customer service for Atlantans unsure of how to report information to the city. Additionally, part of the grant will help to fund anti-homelessness and anti-panhandling initiatives that will serve to reduce the incidence of both in Atlanta.
Finally, the Federal Transit Administration has announced that work can begin on the Atlanta Streetcar Project. The electric streetcar system will run 2.6 miles through the heart of downtown Atlanta, with access to residential, cultural, educational, and historic centers, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. Additionally, it will provide easy access to the new residential and dining districts popping up on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward and at the Pencil Factory on Decatur Street, offering easy transit to Georgia State University and MARTA.
With all this buzzing development, it’s an exciting time to be intown!