image006The Midtown Neighbors Association has launched a master planning initiative for Midtown’s Garden District.

The Garden District, which lies between Piedmont Avenue and the Atlanta Beltline, includes the historic residential properties east of Piedmont Avenue, as well as commercial properties along Monroe Drive and Ponce De Leon Avenue. The association is partnering with Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall on the project, which will be led by Atlanta design firm Lord Aeck Sargent.

“This initiative will allow us to extend our efforts beyond the Midtown Improvement District and develop a truly comprehensive plan for the entire neighborhood, one that provides for consistent streetscapes, lighting, infrastructure and improved greenspace, for all our residents,” said Tony Rizzuto, President of the Midtown Neighbors Association. “Lord Aeck Sargent has a long history of working in Midtown and their team understands the unique challenges we face. We are very excited to be working with them.”

“Midtown’s Garden District is the one remaining portion of Intown without a city-approved master plan,” said Hall. “All of the neighborhoods surrounding it have a plan. Given the dynamic quality of so much of intown Atlanta these days, it is important that we bring the community together now to envision the future of the Garden District.”

Among the topics that will be discussed through the master plan process, according to Hall, are strategies for historic preservation; the desired character of new development in the neighborhood; bicycle and pedestrian access and safety; traffic and transportation; and greenspace.

The first community meeting for the Midtown Garden District Master Plan will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Grady High School cafeteria, 929 Charles Allen Drive NE.

To learn more about the master plan and to keep up with its progress, visit the MNA website at

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.