Note: Updated August 13, 2019
The change to this blog post includes videos about Buckhead Atlanta as The Shops Buckhead Atlanta about what could be and an “existing blueprint” in the West Village as of this afternoon.
CHANGE THE MAIN ENTRANCE – Combine The Best of Buckhead Atlanta!
Preserve the heritage of the neighborhood and simultaneously progress to meet the new needs of the neighborhood. Jamestown with Ponce City Market has already shown the ability to achieve this objective and we know its president Michael Phillips, a native Buckhead resident, will provide the same type of result. Obviously, he cares about the neighborhood, unlike the most recent owner Oliver McMillan who appears not to have done it. To its credit, it rescued the neighborhood as Ben Carter, another Buckhead native, ran into that roadblock of the Great Recession in 2008.
Already, the positive redefinition of Buckhead Atlanta can be seen in neighboring retail and multi-family projects on Peachtree and Pharr Roads. Going in the opposite direction, you have the Camden Paces Apartments on Roswell Road. Finally, as I started this essay, the West Village provides an example of what can be achieved and foundation for the continuity to preserve its heritage while progressing to meet the new and current demands of the neighborhood.
The iconic Henri’s Bakery proves that you can preserve the heritage and progress to a better location. Its new location does not have the same “character” as the old one, but it provides a more enjoyable experience.
Now that Jamestown Properties continues to ask for public input about changing The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, here is my opinion, originally posted on July 21st before the town hall meeting on the 24th, first of a few scheduled one. Change the main entrance to an area that combines the established Buckhead Village with the modern Buckhead Atlanta – E. Paces Ferry Road. Traveling on Peachtree to the current focal point of Buckhead Atlanta looks like a Berlin Wall. This vision came to me on June 5th as I walked E. Paces Ferry and recounted memories of when I ran there on Wednesday nights for marathon training runs with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To the north was the good part of Buckhead Atlanta that was worth keeping and to the south, we looked the other way…Smile…Both the heritage and progressing Buckhead Atlanta are worth keeping. Just blend them.
One big hindrance remains for Buckhead Atlanta’s progress – traffic – especially – the lack of synchronized lights. Mayor Kasim Reed during some campaign adds in the 2010s recognized how much the lights impacted traffic. Then in November 2018, the Buckhead CID said it would be launching a study on the synchronized lights at the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods and made a public announcement at Phipps Plaza.
As Buckhead Atlanta progresses, local business groups must merge both generations. Let me blunt, the Buckhead Business Association must redefine itself. With an emphasis on millennials and people new to the neighborhood, they are alienating natives and those who have lived here for at least 15 years. What is a compelling reason for these people to make a weekly commitment to the organization, especially when they have established the sources for their services in other organizations or institutions? The BBA needs them. They do not need it. Having leaders like those as Jamestown and and Gen Xers, the new leaders, who moved here in the ’90s will revitalize this once great organization. (What I am saying about the BBA is not unique to organizations. As I can personally attest, the CIA faced a similar situation, starting in the late 1970s.)
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