For the past few years, the City of Atlanta, charitable organizations, philanthropists, and citizens interested in helping fellow Atlantans prosper have been pouring their energy and resources into the westside of town. New parks, a new YMCA, streetscapes and other infrastructure projects will go a long way toward making the westside as successful and desirable as other sections of the city.
For decades, Vine City, English Avenue and other westside neighborhoods have been separated from the developing quadrants of the city by railroad yards, a stadium, and the convention center. The westside of town will soon be connected in a very special way.
The PATH design team including staff members, Kaizen Collaborative, and Perez Planning and Design added Therese Huffman Signature Design to the team to help create a unique gateway on the Ivan Allen Bridge west of Marietta Street. Therese is the artist who developed the lobby murals and mosaics at Spellman College and the historical and cultural information project at Auburn Avenue.
The Ivan Allen Gateway will not only be a dramatic street and trail connection to the westside, it will also serve as a memorial to Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., Atlanta’s mayor from 1962-1970. The ribbons of color above the bridge will be lit at night with an interactive reader rail of Mayor Allen’s effort to guide a peaceful desegregation of Atlanta and help transition Atlanta from a small city in the South to the vibrant international city it is today.
The gateway project will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will include trail construction, removal of the concrete islands and installing landscaping. This work will begin this month and continue through the summer. Phase two will be constructed beginning this fall and be completed after the first of the year.
You can still donate to PATH to help build the westside gateway and tribute to Mayor Allen. The gateway trail project is being funded by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The artwork and tribute to Mayor Allen are being funded in part by the James M. Cox Foundation and your donations to PATH.