Name the last time you have ever went Downtown for anything. Falcons’ Game? Convention at the World Congress Center? Did you and your crew post up at Underground (when it was worth something), or do you happen to be one of those sheltered types that choose not to bother with it because it seems “scary”? Contrary to popular belief, Downtown Atlanta is thriving as an community and as an amenity, according to Saporta Report columnist Saba Long. As a Downtown resident for 4 years, I can attest to the growth that Downtown is seeing as a community and not just a 9-5 business district. Most of this growth is attributed to Georgia State University, my now alma matter, who fuels most of the growth to supplement the 30,000 plus student body and staff that scatter around Downtown. Downtown also sees growth from being the heavy tourist bubble of Atlanta, containing the Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena, World of Coke, etc. Conventioneers respect Atlanta in the aspect that all of these attractions are within walking distance and transit accessible to their hotels. Downtown is also the regional headquarters for Federal, State, and Local offices, all situated in sort of the “no-mans land” south of Five Points. I personally would love to see that area thrive more to attract people to stay instead of leave once the sun goes down. Maybe it would be Downtown’s chance at snagging the only thing missing that would make it totally livable: A GROCERY STORE!!!! All in all, I love Downtown. It makes Atlanta a true blue city and I hope to see Downtown blossom into bigger and better visions.