In defense of Atlantic Station
I did a belated Valentine’s Day movie date with La Novia last night (classy, right?). She got off work too late to go to Midtown, so we went over to Atlantic Station.
Now, La Novia and La Familia like going to see movies at Midtown because it is close by and relatively hassle-free. Whenever I suggest going to Atlantic Station I get all sorts of flak about what a pain Atlantic Station is. You’d think the parking deck was some sort of spiritual purgatory, and that even discussion of it was enough to flay mens’ souls.
I do think everyone ends up having a scene like this one the first time they go to Atlantic Station:
After that, though, the parking isn’t that bad. You learn the system – is the learning curve that much different than learning where to park in the EAV for a show at the Earl?
Anyway, I LIKE going to Atlantic Station. There, I said it. I like the big movie theater experience, with the big seats, the gigantic theater, and lots of people. That’s what I’m paying for – the experience. At Midtown, I can’t lose myself in the experience as well. Everything is too small.
And don’t get me started on folks who think that Atlantic Station is “ghetto”. I go there probably once or twice a month, and I have NEVER felt uncomfortable or threatened in any way, shape, or form. I have friends who have had uncomfortable situations there, but my experiences have been universally positive (or at least mundane).
And while I’m on a role, I think that as a development it does a lot of things right. There are plenty of things it does wrong, I’m not going to argue against that, but as time goes by I think it comes into its own piece by piece. La Madre just moved into new office space over there, and the views are fantastic. Each new building fills things out a bit, makes it feel a little more ‘real’ – which was a problem when the retail component first opened.
Anyway, I’d really love to hear Y’ALLS take on Atlantic Station – am I the only person who thinks its alright?