This is my list of the top 10 news stories in Buckhead during 2007. Others may disagree with the order of importance, or even the selections themselves. But this is my space and this is my list.
No. 1—The tearing down of crime-riddled, late-night bar scene area called Buckhead Village and new construction beginning on what is to become the tony posh boutique, upscale restaurant, hotel, residential, retail and office center for Atlanta, called The Streets of Buckhead, being developed by Atlanta developer Ben Carter and planned to be open by 2009 and 2010.
No. 2—The completion of Phase I of the transformation of Peachtree Road, between Piedmont Road and Ga. 400, from a plain vanilla roadway into a well-landscaped, people friendly boulevard, with limited left turn access wide sidewalks and building street appeal. Next up, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) to launch Phase II north of there and then south to The Streets of Buckhead.
No. 3—Unveiling of the Peachtree corridor study, recommending major streetscape enhancements to the road from downtown to Buckhead, and including a controversial trolley line to run from Lenox Mall area to downtown along the curb lanes of Peachtree.
No. 4—The BCID sponsored comprehensive study of the Piedmont Road corridor providing a blueprint for improving mobility along the corridor from Roswell Road on the north to I-85 on the south.
No. 5—Groundbreakings for several new high-rise mixed-use projects–including Terminus II, 3630 Peachtree, Skyline—and the topping out of others nearing completion.
No. 6—Buckhead’s Zone 2 of the Atlanta Police Department records reductions in crimes across the board as other city Zones all record crime increases.
No. 7—Master Plan process for the BeltLine reveals proposals for a new east-west parkway between Peachtree Road and Piedmont Road, transit connection options and multi-use trails throughout the south Buckhead area.
No. 8—A proposed concrete trail through a historic Civil War battlefield in Tanyard Creek Park begins a new battle of Atlanta between neighborhood groups, park supporters and the PATH Foundation and BeltLine.
No. 9—Chastain Park Conservancy launches visioning process to make the park more responsive to resident needs through a long-range master planning process.
No. 10—Partnership of Buckhead Coalition and Buckhead Business Association forms a “Street Ministry Program” to address homeless issues.