The Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown is opening 52 luxury residences in the top 11 floors of the building. The condo community will be known as 1065 Midtown and will offer full-service residential amenities. The homes will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, private balconies, and designer kitchens. There will be amenities not available to hotel guests including a private lobby and clubroom, a rooftop pool, and private parking. The condo residents will also have access to hotel amenities.
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The well known "Spirit of Atlanta" mural that greeted passengers upon their arrival to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for 15 years has been covered up by an advertisement for Porsche. The car company recently moved their North American headquarters near the airport. The ad will cover the mural until mid-June, and then the plan is for a digital screen to be installed.
The "Spirit of Atlanta" was painted by local artist Deborah Whitehouse, and it depicts children playing in the fountains of Centennial Olympic Park. Airport authorities are in discussions regarding the future of the mural.
A South Carolina development company is ready to purchase Underground Atlanta for $25.8 million. They plan to revitalize the once-thriving area by erecting apartments and a supermarket, and renovating the underground mall to attract more people. Many of the former nightclubs and restaurants are now empty, and the mall has gotten a reputation as a less-than-desirable destination. The development company thinks the time is right, considering the increased interest in Downtown as a place to live, thanks to large projects like the Beltline and Ponce City Market, among others.
Three dozen Atlanta museums and cultural destinations will offer special admission deal between April 25 and May 1 as part of Museum Week. Many of these places will offer two-for-one deals, and some are making entry completely free.
"We encourage people to explore places that are new to them and to expand their understanding of the wealth of choices they have in Atlanta, " said Mary Pat Matheson, executive director of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
For a full list of participating locations visit www.atlanta.net/museumweek.
Chastain Park has become more green with Trees Atlanta's new project. The nonprofit organization planted 150 trees in the popular Atlanta park in conjunction with Chastain Park Conservancy. "Trees Atlanta has been an invaluable resource in Atlanta, and we are honored they have selected Chastain Park for this initiative. 150 native trees will provide shade, cleaner air, and improved aesthetic to both Chastain Park and the surrounding neighborhood, said Chastain Park Conservancy Executive Director Rosa McHugh. The trees planted include oaks, elms, and dogwoods.
Atlanta area residents turned out in the hundreds to march for an increase in minimum wage in the fast food industry. The march was part of the national campaign "The Fight for $15", which started in New York and urges major employers like McDonalds for an hourly wage increase.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, and legislation was just introduced in Georgia to raise it to $10.10 in the state. Protesters carried signs that said, "People and Planet over Profit" while chanting "If we don't get it, shut it down!"
Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the 2013 FBI numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest.
Here is the list of the top 10 safest cities in Georgia.
Mayor Kasim Reed has created an advisory committee to help add walking and bicycling features to Atlanta transportation projects as part of the national "Mayor's Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets Challenge."
Reed said, "Connecting the city for cyclists and pedestrians delivers benefits across the board - health, safety, environmental, transportation, and overall quality of life."
This announcement comes on the heels of a proposed infrastructure bond to improve city streets. Part of the new program would include 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations.
Atlanta voters will have the chance to decide on a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond on March 17th. Atlanta has not made a major infrastructure investment since 2000, and many people have noticed that the streets could use some repair.
There will be two questions on the ballot about taking on approximately $188 million in debt to pay for roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, and bridges and about taking on $64 million to build and fix public buildings. More than 225 projects are included in the bond package.
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Kennesaw State University's Zuckerman Museum of Art will debut it's new multimedia art show and exhibit this Saturday. The show is called Pause, and it focuses on contemporary ideas of stillness and time. It will include over 50 multimedia works from the Metro Atlanta area and beyond. Perhaps the most well-known artist in the show is Andy Warhol with an excerpt from his five hour-long film "Sleep".
The kickoff is Saturday from 6-8pm and the show will run through June 6th (11am-4pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). Visit zuckerman.kennesaw.edu for more information.