Turner Field (Courtesy Atlanta Braves)
Turner Field (Courtesy Atlanta Braves)

Members of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on Monday night to hear from residents who live in the neighborhoods around Turner Field, according to Creative Loafing. With the Braves departing at the end of 2016 for a new stadium in Cobb County, the City of Atlanta is moving quickly to get bidders interested in redeveloping the site despite the fact that an impact study being funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission is not yet complete. Residents at last night’s meeting were lukewarm on the one announced plan, which would have Georgia State University take over the site as an extension of its Downtown campus. Retail (including a supermarket, restaurants, housing, offices and recreation space were the most requested for the site. The Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition is also encouraging residents to take a survey on what they want for the site.

Transportation remains the region’s top concern, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) third Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion poll, which was released during the agency’s State of the Region breakfast. According to the survey, 27 percent of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the Atlanta region – the second straight year that transportation topped the region’s list of concerns. The economy, which was the second-most pressing issue last year, dropped to third as the region continued its recovery from the Great Recession. Crime replaced the economy in the number two slot. Another key finding: Support for public transit is strong, with 91 percent of respondents saying improving public transit is “very important” or “somewhat important” to metro Atlanta’s future. Read the full report at this link.

Ponce City Market’s paid parking system has been getting plenty of ink this past week, so Curbed Atlanta got in touch with the developers. Jamestown Properties would rather you walk, bike or download the parking app on your smartphone to make your visit to the Old Fourth Ward mixed-used development easier.

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.