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  1. I don't know what posessed me to look at the Henry Herald today, but I thought this article was interesting: ARC to consider planning policy shift
  2. While I appreciate the props, it's not just urbanity that I love. (I do live in the exurbs afterall.) However, I do have a particular distaste for sprawling development. I lived for a time in the Netherlands - by some accounts one of the most densly populated countries in the world. This would conjure up images of people living cheeck-to-jowl with one another. This is the case in the so-called Ranstaad region - a crescent from Rotterdam to The Hague to Amsterdam to Utrecht. But, outside of that, there is ample countryside. What they do there is have compact towns with definable limits. In
  3. ^^^ To be honest, I don't really think that it is such a horrible thing that this portion of the museum tower does not have street level retail. - It is a pretty severe grade. Even in mucn more urban cities, the retail is suspended on some of the bigger hills. I lived in the Bay Area for a while and in San Francisco the retial is usually on the cross-streets that don't have such severe grades. - The immediate surroundings make it hard to attract pedestrian traffic necessary for the viability of street level retail. While you do have the park to the West, the blocks to the South and South
  4. Not sure what you mean. If you're talking about the foreground, That is the cross-street at that intersection - Williams Street. (I had to take some of these from the car. I had a sleeping three-year-old with me.) Nah, go to Kool Korners at 14th and State Street. Or better yet, the Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Hwy. - Get the Cuban Platter with Black Bean Soup and Yellow Rice!
  5. I was in town last Saturday and again yesterday. - Had to pick up a few things for the pending arrival from New Baby Products (an excellent store on Cheshire Bridge, by the way). - Anyway, I was able to go by a few sites and snap some photos: The long awaited streetscaping improvements on Cheshire Bridge have started: They are finishing auger cast piles on Aqua and will be starting foundation work soon: Plaza Midtown is probably one of the best-looking residential high-rises in the city: The Reynolds is getting closer to complete and is a classy addition to t
  6. Here are a few fun shots from last week. Thursday night was the Spring Taste of Newnan Event. It is a nice event that showcases Newnan's great downtown square and gives the local restauranteurs a chance to show their goods. This event has grown quite popular. The local paper, the Newnan Times-Herald, stated that this year's event was attended by over 5,000!
  7. I can't really say much right now, but there might be some movement on the Medical Arts Building soon. Apparently, there is a group of investors that are talking to someone from Canada about opening a Boutique Hotel in the building. We've been approached about doing it, but I don't know if that will happen. A big renovation like that is not our strength. - - - There is another in town project that was debated heavily the other day that we are also in the running for. That is more promising, but I won't mention it until I know more.
  8. Here are some of my latest: Terminus and Realm in Buckhead: I can't believe how fast Terminus is going up! Sembler's Lindbergh development: Here is the lot for the Townhomes that will face Piedmont While the design is NOT proper urbanism, at least it is better than what was there before. Look! They even are putting retail on the back side of the Home Depot: Lindbergh Center: Are they going to fill up all of the lots facing Piedmont? If they continue past the Longhorn and Chilli's,this could look OK. This corridor st
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    I don't see Atlanta hitting its peak that quickly. For all these condos going up, there have been some high density housing projects torn down. The housing projects displace a lot of people because each unit may have a family of 4, 5, 6, or more in it. Most of these condos are going to be for singles, young couples, and empty-nesters. I think it will grow, but even hitting the 500,000 mark will probably take over ten years. That's why I guessed 20.
  10. Oops, you got the link wrong. the DRI you wanted to link to is this one: East Medina Village
  11. There are a few different kinds of rail transportation: Commuter Rail utilizes existing (or new, but rarely) regular rail lines. These are usually shared with freight and other passenger (i.e. AMTRAK) rail lines. The concept with Atlanta's commuter rail system, is that it would be used to build up to a network of intercity rail lines. This would connect to other cities within and out of state. While the commuter rail portion of the system would be used for peak hours, the inter-city system could conceivably run at all hours of the day. Heavy Rail Transit (HRT) is what we have in MARTA R
  12. To answer your origninal question, yes I do. The perimeter is just too far out from the downtown/midtown/buckhead core to provide a boundary for growth. While I think it will be a long time before the area within Beltline is filled in, it will proivde a good anchor for the area to build to.
  13. Some days I think that the Commuter Rail proposal will never see the light of day: No train, no deck, Jonesboro decides I know this doesn't have any bearing on whether the rail proposal will go forward, but it does signal waning faith in the effort.
  14. Another project for the resurging Aurburn Ave. district: Donors will build new SCLC office When you add this, the re-development plan backed by Integral and Big Bethel Church, and the possibility of a Civil Rights Museum things look very promising ideed. Now, about that sale of the King Center to the Feds.... If the family can't take care of it properly, lets give it to someone who can.
  15. I have always admired the facade of the GP building. How did they get the granite, window mullions, and glazing so flush. I mean the whole side of the bulding gleams as though it was a polished smooth surface. It is truly impressive. (And I speak from experience.)
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