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Ford Fry, MF Sushi, Bartaco coming to 280 Elizabeth… But what about the traffic?

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According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, three restaurants recently signed leases to open in and around the mixed-use development at 280 Elizabeth Street in Inman Park.

Chef Ford Fry will offer a spin-off of his Westside hit, The Optimist, the Kinjo Bros. will bring a new version of MF Sushi, which closed in Buckhead in 2012, and nearby Barcelona Wine Bar will debut a new casual concept called Bartaco.

The project, which includes 200 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, is scheduled to finish construction in early 2015.

The area, at the busy corner of Elizabeth Street and North Highland Avenue, near Savi Urban Market,  Fritti/ Soto Sotto, and Pure Taqueria, has been rapidly developing for several years, which has meant traffic congestion and parking problems.

With the Beltline and the new Krog Street Market, plus Little Five Points and several other residential neighborhoods near by, am I the only one who thinks this part of Atlanta is set up to become a car-crazed urban nightmare of Los Angeles-like proportions?

NOTE: Full disclosure, as the discussion begins, I live in one of those nearby neighborhoods.

— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

15 comments Add your comment

ATL Born and Raised

January 17th, 2014
4:01 pm

Typical of Atlanta. Issue building permits and allow things to expand like crazy without even bothering to fix the roads to accomodate the growth. See: Howell Mill.

joe

January 17th, 2014
4:15 pm

What you don’t think the 300 to 400 people living in the luxury apartments will be able to keep three hight ticket restaurants in business?

IP Resident

January 17th, 2014
4:28 pm

I’ve been living in Inman Park for near a decade, and the traffic issues are getting ridiculous. It was tolerable until private and public contractors decided to simultaneously (1) shut down Edgewood Ave close to the intersection of Boulevard to redo the bridge, (2) build out the Krog Street Market, (3) build out the Elizabeth Street development, (4) place a four-way stop sign on Irwin/Sampson/Auburn, (5) unveil the Beltline which added pedestrian traffic to the areas highlighted by #2 and #4 above..

I keep thinking the urban planning in this town can’t get any worse with existing awful metro transportation, outdated traffic lights and the genius idea to merge all major highways/interstates smack dab in the middle of downtown quickly followed by a near 45 degree curve if you are driving southwardly.

The patients are running the asylum.

The Real Foodie

January 18th, 2014
2:19 pm

If you want the streets fixed pay more taxes. Simple.

Dr. Socrates

January 18th, 2014
4:26 pm

Who cares about traffic problems? That is what defines Atlanta. Live with it.

Macarolina

January 18th, 2014
7:04 pm

I believe the Elizabeth St project has a big parking deck. I wonder how many spots will be reserved for restaurant parking?

atlin83

January 19th, 2014
10:55 am

It’s a 10-minute walk from a MARTA station and within walking distance of two bus routes (one of which has stops right on Lake Ave). Plus it’s on the beltline. There are plenty of options besides driving.

Billy

January 19th, 2014
2:18 pm

Atlanta really needs to get out of the suburban mindset that we need to develop things to accommodate car use. This development is right in the middle of the city in an area that is very walkable and has access to transit. We should be encouraging more development like this in our urban areas, with less parking.

berry steve.......

January 19th, 2014
6:42 pm

How many people take a bus to go out to eat?

Kat

January 20th, 2014
8:53 am

Just wait til they put that baseball stadium in Cobb county. Talk about traffic nightmare, THERE NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. the population in and around that area already deals with parking issues because of people who don’t use alternative forms of transportation.

Get a bike, take uber, call a cab…6 million in the metro area, get used to it.

Instant car, Ma

January 21st, 2014
9:35 am

I am so excited about this new development.
I want to live in one of these luxury apartments.
I love the Beltline.
Atlanta is great.

AJ

January 21st, 2014
9:45 am

Yes, Atlanta needs to get out of the suburban mindset, but it won’t. Yes, people can walk. People can take Marta, etc. That’s not the point of the article. People will drive. It will cause crazy traffic on small roads. Just like Howell Mill as one poster added. Until mass transit is accepted, it’ll get worse. Problem is, mass transit in Atlanta will NEVER be accepted for 2 big reasons – many southerners associate it with poor people and it would cost BILLIONS to create a system that is actually useful.

btownsend

January 21st, 2014
10:19 am

Thanks for all for the comments. My post was meant to be a question not an answer. I appreciate the words from Billy and AJ, offering different sides of the argument. Billy is right, of course, in hoping for a better future. But AJ sees Atlanta as it is, and makes points I fear are closer to the truth. Have you been to Whole Foods on Ponce, lately? Or Trader Joe’s on Monroe Drive? Or the Edgewood shopping district on Moreland? We live in a car culture much like LA, with interstate highways and commuter traffic everywhere now. Besides that, think of some of the days we’re having with record cold. Not exactly bike or walking weather. And what about safety issues at night? I note that Rathbun’s just announced it will now be valet only. I think you can guess the reason.

stephie

January 21st, 2014
10:31 am

I live in Cabbagetown and often drive through IP to get to other local neighborhoods. It is already a cluster in these areas around rush hour. I’m pretty sure City of Atlanta did almost no traffic studies on how the influx of people will effect traffic with the Elizabeth street and Krog St Market. Just look at the backup around Krog, Irwin, and Sampson. While I am excited for the Krog Street Market, I think all this development is going to really mess Inman Park up.

BenC

January 22nd, 2014
3:44 pm

This development is going to have pay parking at $6 a car, so if you want to drive, you’ll have to pay for it. MOST people will drive because no one wants to get robbed (even in a nice neighborhood like IP) at night leaving the bar, walking to your car. Traffic nightmares in this city will continue until we have an effective plan in place to move people around (which we won’t ever). The only good thing to think about is if you live in IP, this just offers more walkable options for you once your car is at your house. This is the real way ATL is going – you stay in your neighborhood for entertainment, food, etc.