"Dead End" author Ben Ross speaking at Manuel’s Tavern 5/29

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Event alert for local urbanists! Benjamin Ross is appearing in Atlanta on Thursday, May 29 at Manuel’s Tavern (7pm) to talk about his book “Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.” You can read a long excerpt from it here

Did you read it? Pretty cool, huh? The guy knows his stuff, particularly in regard to the politics and cultural shifts that enabled car-centric sprawl’s birth.

I sent him a couple of questions related to Metro Atlanta and he kindly replied. His responses are below.

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New Produce Market in Midtown Atlanta
I’m excited to find out that there’s a new produce market in Midtown on Peachtree Street at 10th Street, Dewberry Market. It’s open six days a week.
Even better, it’s located a short walk from the Midtown MARTA train in one of the most densely populated parts of the city. Sounds like good urbanism to me!
Midtown Patch has the details. Here’s a quote:

"We focus on Georgia-grown and regionally grown produce in our desire  to see Atlantans eat more local agriculture," Matt [Bowman] said in an email.  "We are trying to open up several more stands in neighborhoods  throughout Atlanta."
Dewberry Market is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7  p.m.

Photo by Amy Wenk

New Produce Market in Midtown Atlanta

I’m excited to find out that there’s a new produce market in Midtown on Peachtree Street at 10th Street, Dewberry Market. It’s open six days a week.

Even better, it’s located a short walk from the Midtown MARTA train in one of the most densely populated parts of the city. Sounds like good urbanism to me!

Midtown Patch has the details. Here’s a quote:

"We focus on Georgia-grown and regionally grown produce in our desire to see Atlantans eat more local agriculture," Matt [Bowman] said in an email. "We are trying to open up several more stands in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta."

Dewberry Market is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Looks better than a surface parking lot, doesn’t it? This is a new mixed-use building that will — good Lord willin’ and the recession don’t rise — break ground this Fall at the corner of 12th Street and Crescent Avenue in Midtown Atlanta.
My favorite thing about this project: it will replace a surface parking lot that’s been making me wince (as they ALL do) for years.
Read about it at midtown.patch
A quote from that Patch article:

There will be 20,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, which  will curve along 12th Street and Crescent Avenue. Renderings show seven  retail locations — the largest space around 5,700 square feet.

While I’m not usually a fan of the gleaming glass skyscrapers (I find them a little overscaled and monolithic), I give this one a thumbs up for having ground-level retail space, being located in the middle of similar mixed-use buildings and, best of all, being near two MARTA train stations.
Overall, I think this looks like some good urbanism in Atlanta.

Looks better than a surface parking lot, doesn’t it? This is a new mixed-use building that will — good Lord willin’ and the recession don’t rise — break ground this Fall at the corner of 12th Street and Crescent Avenue in Midtown Atlanta.

My favorite thing about this project: it will replace a surface parking lot that’s been making me wince (as they ALL do) for years.

Read about it at midtown.patch

A quote from that Patch article:

There will be 20,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, which will curve along 12th Street and Crescent Avenue. Renderings show seven retail locations — the largest space around 5,700 square feet.

While I’m not usually a fan of the gleaming glass skyscrapers (I find them a little overscaled and monolithic), I give this one a thumbs up for having ground-level retail space, being located in the middle of similar mixed-use buildings and, best of all, being near two MARTA train stations.

Overall, I think this looks like some good urbanism in Atlanta.