International district considered in Buckhead
Atlanta Business Chronicle - by Douglas Sams Staff Writer
Friday, February 19, 2010
As the $1.5 billion Streets of Buckhead project sits stalled, some Buckhead leaders are floating an idea to turn the surrounding area into the state’s first true diplomatic hub.
The concept’s supporters envision creating a “Georgia International District” among the mid-rise office buildings and apartments bounded by Peachtree Road on the west, Piedmont Road on the east, to near East Wesley Road on the south.
They would like to create a plaza lined with foreign consulates and international restaurants, and paved with cobblestone streets.
Forming a centralized district for the numerous consulates across metro Atlanta is a key benefit of the concept, according to its proponents, who include leaders of Atlanta International School, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Buckhead Community Improvement District and the Buckhead Coalition.
“All the great cities of the world have international schools and districts that help make them into global hubs of commerce, whether that’s Amsterdam, New York or Washington, D.C.”
An international district would give Atlanta — which touts itself as an international city — “something tangible, a true venue of international commerce,” said Jorge Fernandez, vice president of global commerce with the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
not only would something like this be a huge asset, it might also allow the midtown mile more of a chance to flourish.