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The Stitch - Atlanta, Georgia
“The Stitch” is a concept to build a new ¾ mile long “lid” above the I-75/85 Downtown Connector, an Interstate that bisects Atlanta’s downtown, as a way to create open space in the heart of the city of Atlanta. Aptly named, this project intends to “stitch” this section of Downtown back together with new streets, buildings, and parks. The Stitch concept proposes to reclaim approximately 14 acres of new urban greenspace atop a new platform structure.
Downtown Atlanta is a significant employment center of Atlanta, accommodating 28% of the city’s jobs, and the Stitch is envisioned to continue to spur employment in the commercial areas that surround it. The Stitch could serve as a new district and catalyst for bringing Midtown and downtown together, creating an outwardly welcoming urban place while positioning surrounding areas to better absorb growth through new development opportunities and partnerships.
The Advisory Services panel was charged with addressing project positioning, development impacts, design experience and partnerships, and funding best practices for the Stitch.