Welcome to the web site for Georgia State University's Main Street Master
Plan. I hope you will find your visit here informational and interesting.
The Main Street Master Plan is a 10-year vision for the shape of the Georgia
State campus. In the past, Georgia State has grown in a scattered, checkerboard
pattern. While this development pattern was unavoidable because of our
land-locked location and the realities of the cost and availability of
downtown real estate, we now hope to improve both the functionality and
the sense of place of our campus by bringing our academic facilities into
a central campus core.
We also plan to create a primary pedestrian corridor along Decatur Street,
which will become the campus "main street." The future Decatur Street
we see has fewer lanes of traffic, more students traveling on foot between
classes, and street-level access to major campus buildings. Near the center
of campus, Decatur Street will connect to a revitalized Collins Street,
which is currently an alley-like passage underneath the Courtland Street
viaduct. Opening up this area will improve the campus for our students
and make our campus more connected to the downtown streets that have their
own activity and character to offer.
Georgia State is excited about the potential of its Main Street Master
Plan, but we realize that we remain constrained by the challenges that
have always faced us — a land-locked campus and an increasingly competitive
real estate market downtown. Nonetheless, we proudly present this opportunity
plan that we hope to bring to fruition over the next decade and beyond.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about our plan here. I think you
will appreciate its ambitious yet practical approach. Thank you for your
interest in Georgia State University and its future.
Carl V. Patton