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andremurra

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  1. I like the post tower here - looks original enough - not so much the novare copy & paste architecture. I went apt hunting in midtown this weekend since I'm moving back to Atlanta next week - my goal was to find anything decent for less than $1300/month. Apparently that is new bottom-rung figure for decent rentals in Midtown. My how rents have skyrocketed in the mere 7 months I have been gone. The unit I was leasing for $1200 in October now $1400!! Apparently Skyhouse South is full except for a 3-bedroom unit on the 2nd floor facing southeast (panoramic views of takorea and the boar
  2. Phase III cant come soon enough - I really want to see the 10th streetcar happen. Connecting Home Park/Gatech to Piedmont Park would be great. Depending on the time of day (or not) it can be impossible to cross the connector at tenth from the west side. I would love to hop on a streetcar to Rocky Mountain Pizza, then stroll down to Piedmont Park. Or as a techie living in Home Park it would have been so convenient to ride over to Trader Joe's for groceries. My aging Aunt Betty visited me one weekend and pointed out the old brick building on the ne corner of 14th and Piedmont recalling livi
  3. I LOVE the Coca-cola sign atop the adaptive reuse a few posts up... I like to see remnants of Atlanta-past in the urban core!
  4. Well - thats good. A 35-floor building would not add much to that area of midtown. I could not find a citation to the 51-floor count other than this website. The building in the photo is clearly not 51-stories if you zoom in and count them... I wonder what features of the rendering above will be 'taller' or if it will look anything like that. Yay for 50+ floors.
  5. I don't think 1138 Peachtree is going to be 51 floors unfortunately - I cant find any recent article naming the floor count. I know the original proposal in 2007 was 51 stories, but the rendering shown in the brochure shows something much smaller than the surrounding buildings, and from zooming in and attempting to count the floors in the rendering, it doesnt look like it could be taller than 35-floors. Resolution makes it hard to count the floors though, but I do like the design shown. http://flyers.cushmanwakefield.com/flyers/1138%20Peachtree%20Marketing%20Brochure.pdf
  6. ^^ to your point, I think it will be Atlanta's high line... in that it is bringing renewal for many forgotten neighborhoods and appreciation for the city with views of the city which have never been seen before by the vast majority of Atlantans. I can only imagine what it will do to the historically shunned neighborhoods near the West and Southwest segments.
  7. I am so excited that Atlanta is booming again. So sad that I had to move for work --- too many tech grads in Atlanta competing for the same handful of jobs. I'll definitely be back though. Talk about a culture shock from Piedmont/10th area to Albany, Georgia. I will try to keep the Georgia thread updated on Albany stuff and some Statesboro stuff too. I don't even recognize Statesboro it has grown so much in the 4.5 years that I have been gone - I wanna go take pictures maybe on Christmas day when no one is around. Albany actually has some interesting projects coming down the pipeline (n
  8. I worked on one of the "Second Airport" site-selection sustainability impact analyses - and our project aimed at finding the best site for the addition... from Chattanooga, Dawson County, Paulding County, I think there was one in DeKalb and/or Gwinnett and then we looked at expanding Hartsfield... of course we couldnt find anything positive about adding another airport to these areas since we were measuring environmental, economic, equity implications. So we started looking at which site would have the least negative impact. Expanding Hartsfield won that competition mostly because it has
  9. As for 867, I figured it would be a slightly taller 905 Juniper... which is fine... I am so glad we are seeing more condo's in Atlanta, and I'm pleased they are so much larger - I feel sorry for the units on the east/south side staring at a slab parking deck and surface pay lots. I do not know why on earth Jamestown has decided to switch to luxury rentals when the type of development they are creating in PCM will be a live-work-play area unlike any in the region (I don't think Atlantic Station counts because it feels too much like a theme park than anything organically urban). I really do no
  10. I was shocked when I read the above announcement and disappointed that I have one fewer starbucks option in a multi-block radius. First world problems at its best. I will say that I am THRILLED to see that the UP threads for Atlanta are starting to heat up again... I remember in 2006, it seemed like a new tower everyday or several were being announced with pictures galore. Other than Lenox Mall updates, I have not seen much action on this site for some time... but glad to see that has changed now. I will try to help be "eyes on the ground" in Midtown since LC is in NYC now it seems. thes
  11. While I am definitely not for the new stadium getting built, I really like this design the best. I think it helps add some pizazz to the Atlanta skyline (even though its not a highrise). I am disappointed that my graduation hall will be demolished though. The other design looks too "college"-ey to me. It is also boring and conservative in my opinion.
  12. While not earth-shattering I think the Hyatt looks pretty nice for Perimeter area. They just finished a pretty uninteresting Hyatt House off Interstate North Parkway in Galleria area. This one looks much sexier.
  13. Not to fact-check ya but I wonder who is billing this as even a large film studio? Medient Studios just inked a $>300-million development deal for a 1,500 acre megastudio halfway between Savannah and Statesboro in Effingham County - to be the largest movie studio in the United States. The first phases will employ 400-1200 initially. Perhaps the Gwinnett studio at 400k sq ft is why its being billed as largest since Medient's sound stages will only have 250k sq ft. http://savannahnow.com/effingham-now/2013-03-19/90-million-movie-studio-slated-effingham#.UcJWmflOOCg "Medient bi
  14. Thats correct - I keep forgetting about the highrises near west peachtree. I usually access Arts Center from Peachtree which is the opposite vibe. I guess that to me, Atlanta may not have the ability to develop a true TOD since so many residents are single occupancy drivers. Lindbergh is probably as close as we have right now, but there is so much surface parking in the vicinity and with congested Piedmont right there it doesnt feel to transity lol.
  15. This is very exciting! After all these months of nothing on the up forum except new lenox store rumors. Im excited for a variety of reasons. 1). More apartment units in Midtown - which has been a huge criticism of the MA Blueprint plan lacking significant residential planning. Also, this may help keep my rent where it is since there is more competition. Also, part of the new economy that is to develop from the recession we are currently in (and this is not just an aspect of being in the recession, but actually part of the new era coming after) is a growth in the appeal of renting rather th
  16. andremurra

    496,973

    Last time I spoke with city hall personnel, they are contesting these numbers with the census. 2006 estimates had the city at 540k, so this is way off. Plus, Ive been here for two years and have seem sooo many people moving INTO the city. So 10k in ten years is not very accurate.
  17. Georgia Southern's fall enrollment for 2009 broke another enrollment record. It was 16,842 in 2007; 17,774 in 2008, and 19,086 in 2009. It jumped over 900 between 07-08, then another 1300 between 08-09. WOW.
  18. Well, cities and counties are simply corporations. To run either in the best interested of the 'business' and the stakeholders, I think consolidation would be the best way to go. I grew up in Statesboro-Bulloch, and at least since the early 90's the city and county have done everything together. There have been some arguments, pushing and shoving, but for the most part, the city and county share responsibilities pretty well. Also the city seems to provide most of the county resources for the county. The county residents are like babies who take, but dont want to pay into the corporation that
  19. Statesboro Herald Consolidation Poll: http://www.statesboroherald.com/polls/detail/337/
  20. The Statesboro Herald reported that discussions of city-county consolidation has been on the table for at least four years now, and Bulloch County is now preparing to put their half of the money down for a feasibility study. Though there is no official word on the city council putting their money down, this is a new exciting approach that could have many positive and perhaps some negative outcomes, depending on who you talk to. My dad, who is a property owner in Bulloch County stated that basically it would make it to where there would be no incentive of living in the county (he's talking ab
  21. This is a new thread for government issues in the city/county area. From city council controversies to city-county partnership alliances, this is the place to discuss the current struggles and triumphs of government services, politics and prospective initiatives. Keep it civil.
  22. Ok yall, I am going to try to revive this city forum by introducing some new threads to be a little more organized so we dont blabber on every topic for 25 pages. I know that there have not been much posting going on for the last year, but a lot has happened during that time, we have just been lazy. I am about to move to Atlanta, but want to remain updated on whats going on down here, so lets get active again - Im going to try to remain active too.
  23. Interesting! 20 years is a long time. I think Atlanta can do better than that in that time-frame - thats only 100k a year for Atlanta. I can see Georgia ranking 5th in population by 2025 as well. Currently at 9.6mil, all we will need is 3-4mil growth to contend for the 5th spot. We've gained 3.2mil in the last 18 years. With Atlanta's continued expansion, and the rapid expansion of Savannah and other smaller regions, I can see some future bragging rights.
  24. Rome, GA 95,980 (up 658) Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 69,943 (down 1,971) I guess these are the honorable mentions.
  25. Georgia Southern University enrollment figures will be officially released in October after the last day to drop without academic penalty has passed, but that number does not take into account the number of students who started classes in August. The current unofficial number is a whopping 17,700 - which is a leap from 16,841 last year. People who seem to be worried about the new 1,001-bed Centennial Place dormitory creating a surplus in the market should rest assured since 90% of those beds have been accounted for via one year of enrollment growth. By Fall 2009, when CP opens, GSU enrollment
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