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  1. I happened to run across an updated master site plan for Buckhead Place and it looks quite impressive. One thing that caught my eye is that when the project is built out, it will wrap aorund the RTG property, which will then be sandwiched Buckhead Place and Terminus. That will be one super prime site. Years ago there was talk of an I.M. Pei designed tower there -- maybe those plans will be resurrected.
  2. I don't understand why Tech is so intent on tearing the building down now. Apparently they don't even have any specific plans. Why not just sit on it for a while and see if you can't come up with some plans that would at least preserve the facade and the lobby? We've seen countless instances of developers tearing down buildings for some vague scheme that fails to even get out of the ground. Look at that Cousins debacle at 615 Peachtree. A beautiful and functional mid-20th century building converted into another vacant lot.
  3. With the new flyover bridge it wouldn't take much to establish a street grid in that area. But the folks in Byrnwyck would probably never stand for it.
  4. designspace, I've seen a site plan but no renderings. Those are elevated terraces around the perimeter of the building, by the way, but I'm not sure what level they're on.
  5. The Crowne Plaza at Peachtree Avenue is going to be really nice. Although it's technically outside of SPI-9 they'll adopt the streetscapes. There will also be a 9 story Hampton Inn at Irby, on the Rio Bravo site. Not ultra luxury, but a nice urban hotel with underground parking and shuttle service to the MARTA stations. The SPI will be expanded to include this so it will also meet the requirements.
  6. A little, perhaps, although 90% or so of the new residents have located in the suburbs. The fastest growing areas are the outlying counties like Forsyth, Cherokee, Paulding, Henry, etc. Even so, it speaks well of Atlanta. I think our low density is a major plus with many people.
  7. Atlanta 34th most densely populated U.S. city: http://austinzoning.typepad.com/austincont...ted-densit.html We're definitely growing up!
  8. Either way it's extremely impressive. The city just got totally hammered during the 1970s and 80s. Between 1970 and 1980 an average of nearly 140 people a week were fleeing the city -- and that went on every week of the year for an entire decade. That's like an entire subdivision or a couple of large apartment buildings emptying out every month. To turn that around, and actually start growing again is pretty stinking amazing.
  9. We're up to 464,200, IC. That's up from 416,474 only seven years ago, which means we've been adding over 6,800 people a year! That's pretty remarkable, in my opinion. Assuming that continues we'll be back to our 1960 level by the end of 2011.
  10. perimeter, it's on a street called Mountain Way in Buckhead. A few miles inside the Perimeter.
  11. I think that is basically correct, although it's not necessarily a bad thing. Once you get north of 14th Street, there's really no grid pattern. Trying to create one at this stage of the game would necessitate tearing up many of the city's best intown neighborhoods, and it would be hard to argue that the social and economic costs of doing that would be outweighed by moving auto traffic around more expeditiously. Even if we somehow elected politicians who had the will and money for such a project, residents from Ansley Park to Brookhaven would undoubtedly undergo mass convulsions if not armed revolt. Nonetheless I don't think we need to completely throw up our hands. There will continue to be grid-type improvements around town. Atlantic Station is a good example, and the expansion of SPI-9 will enhance the old grid system in the Buckhead Village. SPI-12 also will see some improvements -- for instance, there may be a north concourse for the Buckhead station, and the recently completed Piedmont Corridor has a number of good solutions involving street grids in some areas. I'm not sure I'd really characterize neighborhood resistance to the creation of a large street grid as NIMBYism. To me NMBYism implies selfishness at the expense of the common good. It's not at all clear that the benefits of a grid would outweigh the social and economic costs of tearing into the city's old residential neighborhoods.
  12. Belk might have made arrangements with the mall owner to maintain signage that's visible from the street. I would imagine that's a fairly common condition in leases with major tenants.
  13. John, I very much agree. The church is a tremendous asset to the area. Also, 3630 should have some nice retail on the ground floor -- a gourmet deli/bistro, a fine dining restaurant on Peachtree, etc. Since it's part of the Peachtree Boulevard project the streetscapes will conform to those criteria.
  14. There's still quite a bit of our city's history tucked away. I was walking through the neighborhood the other day and snapped a photo of this old stone house from days gone by. The hundreds of thousands zooming across the GA 400 bridge in the background would not notice it.
  15. Site plan for 3630. This is rising quickly now, with construction up to about the 6th floor. They say there's a slowdown but you would hardly know it by looking around town.
  16. The Tishman building is turning out to be quite impressive. Taller than Terminus, apparently, and very sleek in my opinion. Two Alliance Center
  17. Land costs are high in downtown's prime commercial areas but certainly not out of line with what they are in midtown or Buckhead. I'm strongly in favor of more development downtown, but I have reservations about using millions in school taxes to fund glitzy developments like Allen Plaza. The developers aren't doing that as a charity case for some downtrodden and neglected neighborhood. That's tall cotton and it always has been. Land prices are high there because developers and owners know it's an highly sought after and profitable location.
  18. It's hard for me to see the wisdom of diverting school tax money to help developers defray artificially inflated land prices. The Georgia Redevelopment Powers Law was enacted to allow municipalities to facilitate the redevelopment of blighted or economically depressed areas. Land that will bring several million dollars an acre hardly qualifies as blighted or economically depressed. Developers (in some cases the same developers) in midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter pay similar prices and don't get subsidies. ETA: Just to clarify, I'm a huge booster of downtown Atlanta, and also a big fan of TAD's. But I'm still hard pressed to understand how an ultra high end project like Allen Plaza, located in one of the most desirable parts of the city and geared to silk stocking clients like mega accounting and law firms, in an area that already has the best urban infrastructure in town, needs to be subsidized with school taxes. Similar projects around the city are done all the time without taxpayer funding.
  19. It's hard for me to understand how TAD money (i.e., tax subsidies) is appropriate for a project like Allen Plaza. TAD's are only authorized for debilitated areas where private investment isn't feasible. Downtown Atlanta, and particularly the area around Allen Plaza, has been some of the priciest and most exclusive real estate in the city for many years. It's been the consistent focus of city leadership and has the best urban infrastructure in Atlanta. And Allen Plaza itself is an extremely upscale project pitched to the same silk stocking tenants who already occupy downtown, midtown and Buckhead, and the rents in all three areas are virtually identical. I'm strongly in favor of TAD's as a financing mechanism for depressed and abandoned areas but it hardly seems appropriate to use public funds to support high-flying real estate deals for big time corporate tenants and developers in the ritziest areas of town.
  20. I want the library to stay! Regarding SOB, it's not the same type of project as AS. It's not being created out of whole cloth but is rather the replacement of existing buildings in a long established commercial zone. And it only covers a few blocks -- the vast majority of Buckhead remains unaffected. The finishes will be more high end, too.
  21. Lenox will be hosting the Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 4th, 5th, & 6th 2008. Atlanta Dogwood Festival
  22. It was cool. Designed by Arquitectonica, the firm that has been engaged for CityPlace.
  23. She doesn't sound like someone who's really into urban transit -- Sharpsburg must be 45 miles from downtown. On the other hand, 90% of Atlantans live in the suburbs and the vast majority work there, too, so maybe the DOT is wise to keep its focus on projects outside the city of Atlanta.
  24. There was an interesting article today about luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels opening a store in Atlanta. It said no location had been determined yet but appparently it's a major coup for the city.
  25. Very nice! Where are all the people? Or were they just not up and about yet?
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