Bounded on the north and south by Simpson (recently renamed to Joseph E. Boone) and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and on the east and west by Northside Drive and Sunset, Vine City is an area within waling distance of the ‘Georgia Dome’ that is going through gentrification. A potentially transformative greenspace that’s been in idea phases for half a decade has an official start date now in Historic Vine City, a few blocks west of the Georgia Aquarium. A final design is in place for a $45-million project now officially christened Rodney Cook Sr. Park where Joseph E. Boone Boulevard meets Vine Street. Officials hope to open the park—a collaborative effort by the City of Atlanta’s parks and watershed departments, the Trust for Public Land, and the National Monuments Foundation, among others—in the spring of 2018. According to the city, the 16-acre park’s pond system is designed to alleviate flooding—a la Historic Fourth Ward Park—that’s proven catastrophic for Vine City in the past, wiping out dozens of houses. The city’s Department of Watershed Management is contributing $20 million of the total cost for that facet alone.