I wake up and its thundering. Rain is pouring. I look out the window. No one is outside. Well… so much for the streets being “alive.”
Atlanta Streets Alive was supposed to be a day of dancing in the streets (I can just hear the song!) And really- people did!
I check their social media: “Its still on, only wicked witches melt in the rain!” Well, alright then! It’s on!
Atlanta’s iconic Peachtree Street closed down for the afternoon so that cyclists, pedestrians, anything without a gas tank really, could roam the streets and get a chance to walk down the double yellow lines of one of Atlanta’s busiest streets.
I felt like I was in New York City again. The PNC building loomed overhead at 12th and Midtown. Further down, the lights of Fox Theater blinked, reflecting off the wet pavement from the earlier rain. Downtown in front of Peachtree Center, the traffic lining up at lights consisted of bikes and sneakers, not exhaust and tires.
The local businesses along the route beckoned people with different activities. A few of my favorites…
At 12th and Midtown–
Café Intermezzo called for my sweet tooth with samples of iced cappuccinos and chocolate cake.
The newly opened Republic of Couture looked like a club at only 3 p.m. on a Sunday, with music blairing, body guards and a red carpet appeal to enter the store.
In front of The Vortex, The Graduates a’capella group wowed the crowds with amazing editions of “Dynamite” and “Let’s Give them Something to Talk About.”
Whole Foods gave out free coconut water.
A lucky 100 people (myself included!) got a free King of Pops courtesy of MailChimp.
The Fox Theater housed a group of lads writing “Poems on Demand.” My topic- Giraffes. This is legit poetry, not some Shel Silverstein stuff. (Even though he is my favorite poet!)
REI took people to new heights with the climbing wall.
Local honey samples stave off allergies.
Food trucks gathered and Ikea provided a “rest stop” in the middle of the street.
Despite the early morning rain, it held off for most of the event. I think it allowed people to enjoy the event more, without having to worry about extreme crowds or sticky humidity.
I can’t wait for Atlanta Streets Alive again in the fall. Its a great way to get a new perspective of the city. It definitely made me appreciate Atlanta more… I made the right choice on where to live!