The Midtown Alliance and TSW will soon begin a test program at the intersection of 5th Street and Juniper Street to determine if an innovative and sustainable stormwater runoff solution will help alleviate stress on the city’s combined sewer system, while beautifying the neighborhood at the same time. TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm, has designed two bioswales featuring large basins that capture the first flush of stormwater off the street and sidewalk and treat it naturally with soil, vegetation, and microbes before the water is absorbed into the ground. This design and process will reduce the amount of stormwater entering the city’s combined sewer system and increase groundwater recharge.
As part of the Greenprint Midtown streetscaping project in Midtown Atlanta, TSW was asked by the Midtown Alliance to improve the aesthetics and function of Juniper Street. Although Juniper Street is home to some of the city's most popular restaurants and theaters, and is part of the Midtown Business District, the street has sections that were in need of repair and weren't pedestrian or bicycle-friendly.