News Briefs: BeltLine reopens; new MARTA police chief; Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting recap

A segment of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail closed due to a sinkhole last Wednesday has now reopened. Crews spent the weekend and early part of the week replacing a leaking century-old pipe that runs under the trail in front of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall. While the trail is open, there is still work going on, so be mindful as you approach the John Wesley Dobbs access point.

MARTA has named Atlanta Police Department veteran Scott Kreher as the new Chief of Police and Emergency Management. Kreher will report directly to Chief of System Safety, Security and Emergency Management Wanda Y. Dunham.

Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green addresses the audience from the stage of the Fox Theatre.

The 2020 Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting was held Feb. 25 at the Fox Theatre and featured remarks by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Board Chair Mark Toro, and keynote speaker Bruce Katz, author of “The New Localism.” Toro recognized some of Midtown’s leaders from the past few decades, including former Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Joe Bankoff, restaurateur and Serenbe founder and CEO Steve Nygren, PEDS founder Sally Flocks, groundbreaking architects Bill and Ivenue Stanley, Fifth Group Restaurants founder Steve Simon and entrepreneur Paul Judge. Toro ended his remarks by calling on attendees to pick up the mantle and continue what past leaders have started. “The easy stuff is done at this point,” he said. “It’s going to require a sustained commitment to speak up, take risks, and never settle for anything less than an exceptional urban experience where all are welcome.” Green celebrated the growth happening in Midtown and the City of Atlanta, where the core of Midtown, Downtown and Buckhead comprise roughly 3.5% of the City’s land area and 60% of the City’s jobs, as well as a fast-growing residential population, the majority of visitors and a large portion of the City’s tax base. But he also noted that neither Midtown nor the City can accommodate this kind of density without supplying the local infrastructure that allows it to work. Read the full recap and see more photos at this link.

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