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Once Neglected, Peachtree Street Now Center Of Development

Curbed Editor Michael Kahn praised development projects like the planned residential tower near the Fox Theatre for bringing iconic architecture to Peachtree Street. Developer JPX Works hired architects at ODA New York to design the high rise.
Curbed Editor Michael Kahn praised development projects like the planned residential tower near the Fox Theatre for bringing iconic architecture to Peachtree Street. Developer JPX Works hired architects at ODA New York to design the high rise.
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Listen to an interview with Michael Kahn.

It’s hard to walk a block in Midtown Atlanta without encountering some new development. In fact, Curbed Atlanta estimates there are more than 40 projects underway or recently completed in the neighborhood. Several of them are on Atlanta’s most famous street: Peachtree Street.

With all the construction, it can be easy to forget that Peachtree Street was once just about abandoned by developers.

“In the 1960s and 70s you didn’t have a business-oriented area. You didn’t have a particularly recognizable residential area,” says Michael Kahn, an editor for Curbed Atlanta, who regularly shares architecture commentary on City Lights. Kahn said there were a lot of vacant or derelict buildings that were low-slung and two-story.

In a conversation with Stephannie Stokes, Kahn discusses how the street was transformed into the development hub it is today and explains why he thinks some of the new architecture projects will make the street even more iconic in the years to come. 

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