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Fairlie Poplar Historic District

Image 3.5 Fairlie Poplar Historic District Georgia State occupies seven buildings in the Fairlie Poplar Historic District. Broad street is a primary lunch time gathering spot for students, faculty and staff alike.

Turner Field

Image 3.6 Turner Field Turner Field, home to the Atlanta Braves is only a short walk from the southern boundary of Campus.

Georgia Aquarium

Image 3.7 Georgia Aquarium has opened to record crowds and is a new anchor and attraction near Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

Image 3.8 Centennial Olympic Park is Atlanta’s primary downtown open space.

Grant Park Historic Home

Image 3.9 Grant Park Historic Home Grant Park and other historic neighborhoods in East Atlanta are evidence of the strong urban neighborhood structure in Atlanta.

Adjoining Neighborhoods

The campus is bounded by Grady Medical Center and residential redevelopment to the east, the city and state government centers to the south, the Fairlie Poplar District (See Image 3.5) to the west and transitional business uses to the immediate north. (See Figure 3.2)

The south downtown district is the center of city, county and state government, anchored by such major civic buildings as City Hall, the Fulton County Building, and the State Capitol with its prominent gold dome. About one mile to the south is Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. (See Image 3.6) The western downtown sector, beyond the Fairlie Poplar District, includes other major civic attractions such as the Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta’s main convention facility), the Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium (See Image 3.7), the future World of Coca-Cola and, the main urban open space in the city center, Centennial Olympic Park. (See Image 3.8) To the north are Atlanta’s primary commercial, hotel, and corporate office addresses along the Peachtree Street corridor in both downtown and Midtown.

Land use to the east of campus, including Grady Medical Center and state parking facilities, and to the south of campus, including the state, county and city government facilities and rail lines, is expected to remain much the same as it is today through the next decade. Therefore, campus expansion east or south is not anticipated to be a major part of the university’s growth. The planned University Science Park will be located on a site adjacent to rail line and state office builidings.

To the north of Georgia State is an area in transition with some under-utilized parcels and buildings mostly along Edgewood Avenue. The university owns three buildings north of Edgewood in addition to the Piedmont-Ellis residential complex now under construction. There is potential for future acquisition and campus expansion in this direction.

A variety of retail, restaurant, and entertainment businesses operate within a few blocks of Georgia State located north and west of the campus, serving most needs of the campus population. Nearby restaurants play an important role in serving the campus community after on-campus food vendors are closed at 5:00 p.m. The segment of Broad Street between Peachtree and Walton Streets is particularly popular with the Georgia State community because of its pedestrian-friendly qualities, the large proportion of food service establishments and its proximity to the Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center and Rialto Theater.

Students, faculty, and staff enjoy participating in a range of on-campus activities at the popular Student Recreation Center. There are two tennis courts for intercollegiate teams just south of the Sports Arena. University constituents also view movies in a theater at university Center. Georgia State acquired and renovated the historic Rialto Theater, now established as an important
performing arts venue attracting attendance from the campus as well as the community at large.

The university is without a gathering place of its own to accommodate the entire student population. A few indoor lounge areas pepper the campus with informal gathering space.

Across the downtown expressway to the east is a mixture of residential and light industrial land uses. Multi-family public housing, such as Grady Homes and Capitol Homes, in the area has been demolished and the sites are programmed for redevelopment as mixed-income housing. Farther east, established in-town residential neighborhoods are experiencing a vibrant rebirth. Grant Park has seen substantial increases in housing prices, as have Cabbagetown,Reynoldstown, Edgewood and East Atlanta. (See Image 3.9) These neighborhoods still provide affordable housing for many students, and are accessible to the university by transit.