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Why we love Atlanta.

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This article appeared in the Saporta Report on August 8, 2017. by Ryan Gravel Love is in the air. Don’t get me wrong – it’s easy enough to see Atlanta’s shortcomings. But when you take a minute to see them as opportunities, and when you watch people grab hold of them and make this city their own, it’s hard not to fall in love with Atlanta. In fact, the most common observation I hear from people about why they love this town – why they moved here or what makes … Read More

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The Lovable City

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What makes a city lovable? As Atlanta enters a period of transformation, it’s important for city leaders, developers, planners and everyday citizens to take a moment and reflect on what we love most about where we live. That’s why this year’s theme for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta Awards of Excellence is “The Lovable City” – an invitation to celebrate the people, projects and places we love in Atlanta. Taking time out to celebrate what we love about our city and its built environment keeps us honest about creating, … Read More

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The Link Between the Shifting Retail Market and Revitalizing Greyfields

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Cities and towns across the country are being challenged with how to revitalize auto-centric, sprawling corridors into more pedestrian friendly, thriving destinations. At the same time, the retail industry is experiencing a major economic shift. How can these dated commercial strips be transformed into more attractive and innovative streetscapes? To help answer this question, ULI Atlanta convened a panel discussion on Thursday, June 29 featuring remarks by ULI senior fellow Ed McMahon, a national expert on health and real estate, sustainable development, and land use. Ed shared his belief that … Read More

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Rethinking Retail Corridors: From Grayfields To Boulevards

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An examination of the Highway 9 corridor in North Atlanta  As older auto-oriented commercial corridors reach obsolescence, the Atlanta metro area has a unique opportunity to redevelop these zones into vibrant, beautiful places. Many of these commercial corridors contain larger parcels of vacant commercial uses: strip retail, car dealerships and office, as well as garden-style multifamily that are reaching the end of their useful lives. With an approach that combines private investment, public participation and involvement by municipalities, these corridors could improve the character and provide a sense of place … Read More

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From Creative Class To Urban Crisis, Join Us For Lunch With Richard Florida

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Originally posted in Saporta Report April 4, 2017 by Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director, ULI Atlanta “Can you name a true thought leader?” Someone asked me recently, contending it is an overused term with few clear examples. My immediate answer: “Richard Florida.” In the world of urban development and city building, his name came to mind first for his track record of shining a light on, if not identifying, trends and major shifts in urban development. Come judge for yourself and get his newest book on April 12th at a lunch … Read More

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In Atlanta, Suburbs Continue to Evolve to Meet Market Demand

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Originally posted in Saporta Report 2/21/2017 by Sarah Funderburk Weston, Director of PR/ Partner at SPR In sprawling metro areas such as Atlanta, the very notion of a “suburb” is in flux. No longer is the delineation between urban and suburban housing types and community attributes crystal clear as certain types of suburbs are evolving to include higher densities, walkability, and other urban characteristics. This idea was among several discussed at a recent panel and forum held by ULI Atlanta on new suburban paradigms identified in Housing in the Evolving … Read More

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Housing in the Evolving Atlanta Suburb

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ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, in partnership with RCLCO, released an in-depth study covering the evolution of urban and suburban housing markets. Specifically, it takes a fresh look at how we define urban verses suburban and the wide variety of housing characteristics and development opportunities. On Tuesday, February 7th a panel came together to discuss the current trends, market variances, and changes in consumer preferences. While presenters, Adam Ducker and Stockton Williams zoomed in on the Atlanta market and suburbs.  See presentation HERE. Panelists included (from left to right): Mike Busher – Senior Vice President-Land Acquisition and … Read More

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Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season!

ULI Atlanta Members and Friends, As 2016 winds down, we want to take a moment to thank you for your leadership, partnership, and support. It has been a remarkable year working together to move the needle on responsible land use. We know you have been busy – ranging from the very visible cranes of infill development across our city and the resounding public support to expand MARTA and the BeltLine to the quieter work of creative placemaking, project and policy feasibility, and long range planning for our region. We hope … Read More

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The Urbanization of Atlanta’s Suburbs: Norcross, Duluth and Suwanee

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by Michael S. Rodgers The Creative Development Council of the Urban Land Institute (Atlanta District) was formed in 2016 to bring together ULI members who are focused on entrepreneurial development so that they may share best practices and resources with the goal of elevating creative place-making and promoting high-quality infill development across the region.   The Creative Development Council recognizes that the urbanization of the suburbs is a major national trend that is also being experienced in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  While the vast majority of development in the current … Read More

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Top of Mind Issues at the Bottom of the Ballot

Residents in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County will have the opportunity to vote on transportation investment in November. These will be the last questions on the ballot. Get informed about each – two votes in the City of Atlanta and one of Fulton County outside of the City – and share with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Download Handout Download Handout Download Handout

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