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  1. 222 Mitchell Street: Good to see another old building converted to residential lofts in Downtown. It's not a big development but that corner can really use some new life.
  2. The tallish building is the existing hotel that is across Peachtree St. from Five Points MARTA station. The part of the model that is at an angle follows the bend in Peachtree going north towards Woodruff Park. The lit atrium at the top right of the model is the existing Kenny's Alley. Behind the model is the plaza where the old World of Coke and the Zero Miles Post are located.
  3. With regards to the Georgia Dome: option C should help connect Downtown to the west side/Atlanta University Center due to the proposed park expansion. The problem to be solved is that the current park is on top of a very tall parking garage. It appears to be at street level from the Downtown side because most of those streets are also on top of parking decks. An expansion of the park would eradicate the barrier that the Dome created by allowing the expansion to 'step down' to Northside Drive on the west reconnecting the downtown business and tourist districts to the university district to the west. What an amazing opportunity to expand Downtown Atlanta's cultural zone for tourist to include the Atlanta University complex. I would love to see the park go further and cross Northside Drive and really connect the AU center to DT by morphing from a city park into a university style quad (between Rhodes St to the south, Sunset Ave to the west, and Magnolia St to the north).
  4. I was back in Atlanta to check on my house last week (currently living in Brunswick, GA). When we moved in July we couldn't believe how much was still being developed in our hood (Old Fourth Ward). Given the amount already being built in the Old Fourth Ward it was even more unbelievable that [email protected] had recently started. I know that this is not the building boom that we Atlantans are accustomed to but for anything to be breaking ground now is worth noting.
  5. I Love Savannah! But back to the new health museum... when do we get a better image than what was on the paper today? Are there more detailed plans floating around out there?
  6. Is the 300 unit building called The Fourth? If so the parking structures are almost complete. Soon all they will have to do is wrap them in condos.
  7. Trammell Crow is replacing the old Overlook apartments, located at Irwin and Jackson streets in the Sweet Auburn district with a 600-unit apartment complex called Alexan Cityscapes. The $100 million project has broken ground. I live down the street and have been worried due to the lack of images. I saw something a long time ago, before Trammel Crow signed on. Since they were announced as the developers I haven't been able to find anything about how the apartments will look. This is a highly visible site. Everyone traveling northbound or southbound on the downtown connector will se this development. It
  8. Oh God NO! NO NO NO NO Those remaining sites around the park would have such an amazing impact as residential towers. There is a great balance in the area but another tourist attraction tilts that balance to a tourist district and tourist DO NOT make a city!!!! People who live in a city are what form an urban culture. Why not have the museum be a catalyst for getting the Dome remodeled. It would be great to incorporate a new museum into the GWCC/Dome complex.
  9. The understated design could lend itself to being 'classy'. It all depends on the details. So many building that go up in Atlanta look great on paper but in person the cheap stucco facade and mass-produced Home Depot light fixtures cheapen the realized building to something worthy of a suburban office park and not much else. I have confidence in Chipperfield, the architect but have none in an Atlanta suburban developer who has a portfolio of mindless suburban tract developments. Lets hope that he is a reformed man; after all he plans on living in the building.
  10. Could that be something planned for the front parking lots of Lenox Square? It says that the project would include a shopping mall. It doesn't say that they will be buildingt the mall, but then again it doesn't say much of anything.
  11. I like it as well but it would look better in a city like San Fran.
  12. I for one am extremely pleased with Sovereign, the Mansion and the Saint Regis, just to name a few in the same neighborhood. From modern to classical, they really have set the bar for all new Buckhead developments.
  13. Ooops! I counted the bridges the wrong way.
  14. I noticed a rendering of the 14th street bridge that includes a park accompanying the bridge. It even looks as if it includes a 13th St. crossing. The buildings in the rendering also look like actual projects and not just filler for the sake of the rendering. But I'm going to asume that they are not real beacuse no one has mentioned them. Does anyone have any details on the bridge and/or the buildings? http://www.greenbergfarrow.com/Experience/...ing/UrbanDesign
  15. Saying that Buckhead Village is Atlantic Station in Buckhead maybe too nice. It's more like Atlantic City, NJ comes to Buckhead. Is Faux-Classical Beach-Boardwalk-Casino a recognized genera of Architecture?
  16. Never believe because a building was built as an office block it doesn't become a condo convert with greater street level retail in the future. Most of the residential units Downtown were old office buildings in the past.
  17. I think it will level off when Atlanta finally fills in. As for the city, there are still so many surface parking lots in our city and room on the edges to grow the urban core that I can't imagine that our growth would be limited by land. As far as the burbs go, there should be a huge slow down soon. Yes there is more farmland out there but not like it was in the past. The development in the burbs will probably slow down while they reinvent themselves and start converting industrial nowhere/anywhere boulevards such as Cobb Parkway, Riverdale Road, Memorial Drive and Jimmy Carter Blvd into more urbanized avenues.
  18. In the Atlanta Business Chronice 02/09/07 An article that was talking about a downtown casino mentioned "If gambling comes to Atlanta, The Gulch could at last find its calling as a mixed-use destination featuring not only gambling and hotels but a long-planned multimodal transportation station as well". I don't know how many times the station and lines have seemed like they are going to happen yet fizzle. I hate to get my hopes up but some news that the station idea is still alive is good news.
  19. Just in case you missed it, the AJC (01/02/07) ran an article about four new infill stations. They are just studying the possibilities of each so one, all or none may actually get built. But the stations are: 1. North line between Arts Center and Lindbergh ($175m-$300m to build) 2. East line between King and Inman 3. South line between Garnett and West End 4. West line between Ashby and WestLake MARTA says that it needs $100 million per new mile to extend the rail lines. I don't think that includes the cost of actually building any new stations. Washington DC's system has a similar construction as MARTA and just added a new infill station for 120 million.
  20. I want to know more about taking the land under eminant domain. Could that really be an option? I personally would love to see it. Yes, Mason has already invested $25m of his own money, but he will make a large profit for his investment. I think that he's just being greedy at this point by not giving in a little more. Would eminant domain really end up in a long court battle or could it be short-n-sweet?
  21. teshadoh thanks for knowing what I'm talking about. I was started to think that I was imaginning it. There are several projects on the block of Edgwood, DeKalb & Krog. One faces Edgewood and is on the east side of the tracks. The other (the one I want to know more about) faces DeKalb and is on the west side of the tracks. My questions are, is it Wayne and what is it ($ & name).
  22. I have not been able to find out much about the new development going in next to the Beltline tracks at DeKalb Ave. (not Edgewood). From Wayne Masson's website it looks like his property but I'm not sure. A parking structure wrapped in condos has been going in. There still isn't any signage for the property. I don't know why they wouldn't post anything. It seems sneaky to me but that doesn't make sense.
  23. You will have to double check my info but there will be an unvailing of a five year plan for the Beltline this Saturday (June 3rd) at city hall... I think?
  24. Lady C Just remember, you're not alone on this on at all. They would have to change the name of their upscale stores and promote them differently as well. As is nothing with the name Belk
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