Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) is seeking proposals from local businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and artists to participate in a Pop Up retail event at vacant storefronts along the Atlanta Streetcar route.

The Pop Up Retail Event will run April 1 through July 31 and will be coupled with promotion and events surrounding the streetcar route opening.

Central Atlanta Progress will grant up to $500 per each approved Pop Up retailer for start-up and space improvement costs. Funds may be used to finance minor improvements to interior or exterior space, per landlord/owner approval.

Space will be provided rent-free for a period of up to three months; the retailer will be responsible for insurance and utility costs, as well as securing a business license.

Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 28, 2014. For more information and to download an application, visit this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Artists, entrepreneurs sought for streetcar route”

  1. Should’ve built the streetcar where it would improve traffic congestion, such as to and from places we already go, rather then to strips of vacant stores that require pop-ups! And why exclude booze (or even adult entertainment)? Seems like bars would make sense on a transit route where folks won’t need to drive after drinking.

  2. Should’ve built the streetcar where it would improve traffic congestion, such as to and from places we already go, rather then to strips of vacant stores that require pop-ups! And why exclude booze (or even adult entertainment)? Seems like bars would make sense on a transit route where folks won’t need to drive after drinking.

  3. And what is with “pop-ups” anyway? If the business is a good idea in that location, why not locate there permanently and pay rent? Atlanta is too Disneyesque. Like the Atlanta Olympics, all temporary, all show for tourists. You can’t build tourist attractions scattered through crap and parking lots and expect it to be a thriving city. You must build quality first. Great architecture, inspiring spaces for people to live and congregate. The businesses and people find great places. Then, when traffic and pedestrian demands between those spaces gets heavy, accommodate it with streetcars. You don’t build streetcars first and try to get riders with “pop-ups”!

  4. And what is with “pop-ups” anyway? If the business is a good idea in that location, why not locate there permanently and pay rent? Atlanta is too Disneyesque. Like the Atlanta Olympics, all temporary, all show for tourists. You can’t build tourist attractions scattered through crap and parking lots and expect it to be a thriving city. You must build quality first. Great architecture, inspiring spaces for people to live and congregate. The businesses and people find great places. Then, when traffic and pedestrian demands between those spaces gets heavy, accommodate it with streetcars. You don’t build streetcars first and try to get riders with “pop-ups”!

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