Construction of the Downtown Connector destroyed communities and has left Downtown Atlanta disconnected for decades. The Stitch will repair this damage by reconnecting the community via an equitable, green, and vibrant center.
The Stitch is a transformational civic infrastructure investment needed to reconnect Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. Once implemented, the Stitch will create approximately 14 acres of urban greenspace and transportation enhancements atop a new, 3⁄4-mile platform spanning the Downtown Connector between Ted Turner Drive and Piedmont Avenue.
The Stitch will “Cap the Connector” to unite all parts of Atlanta through interconnected parks, plazas, and surface streets for walking and biking. The Stitch creates new public gathering places for the community to come together and thrive.
Hospital Square will be a dynamic urban plaza anchored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to the east the Civic Center MARTA Station to the west. With Emory University Hospital Midtown’s planned expansion in the area, the Hospital Square area will create an iconic gateway to the MARTA system and create an inspiring area for visitors.
Peachtree Green could become an active greenspace surrounded by park-oriented development. In the Peachtree Green area, the previously disconnected grid will be repaired on Alexander Street and Currier Street. Previously one-way travel on Courtland Street and Piedmont Avenue will be returned two-way operations and include pedestrian and bicycle enhancements.
Energy Park will be the Stitch’s front yard connecting the Old 4th Ward, the Civic Center site, Georgia Power’s headquarters, and the Hotel District via a verdant and dynamic park.
Several studies to understand the project's technical feasibility and implementation strategy have been completed to-date on the Stitch.
The Stitch will kick-off the next phase of advanced planning and conceptual design in 2023. This will include robust community engagement to define the project's look and feel, goals, park master plan, programmed uses, and amenities.