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The Lovable City

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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Summertime’s a Wrap: Reflecting on Vacation and Land Use

Originally appeared in Saporta Report August 1, 2016 By Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director ULI Atlanta One of the great privileges of travel is that it allows us to return and look at our homes and communities with a fresh set of eyes. I always come back from more walkable places, particularly those with stronger transit networks, with a renewed commitment to walk my kids to school more, use the basket on my bike more, and use the great resource that is MARTA more. I think, if given the chance to … Read More

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Focus On: North Atlanta High School – Development of Excellence Award Finalist

The new North Atlanta High School is designed to accommodate 2,350 students in what previously had been a 56- acre IBM Corporate Campus. The adaptive re-use design Includes an 11-story concrete-framed office tower that spans over a scenic lake, an assembly building, and a 942-car parking deck. In order to maintain the site’s beautiful, dramatic terrain, the existing, on-grade parking lots were converted into athletic venues for baseball, softball, football, tennis and track. The functional space needs of a high school are quite different from those of a corporate campus; … Read More

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Focus On: Harry West – Dan &Tally Sweat Community Leadership Award Recipient (Posthumously)

Mr. Harry West had more than 48 years’ experience managing and planning public projects and reviewing private development proposals. Early in his career he was the County Manager of Fulton County, Georgia’s largest and most diverse county as well as home to the City of Atlanta. Major public works projects, capital improvement budgets and bond funds were a part of his responsibility. For 28 years (1972-2000), Mr. West was employed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the comprehensive planning agency for the Atlanta metropolitan area. For 27 years he was the … Read More

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Focus On: Blaine Kelley, Jr. – Frank Carter Community Leadership Award Recipient

Blaine Kelley, Jr. is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia and a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. Growing up in Charlotte as the son of Blaine Kelley and Margaret Patterson Kelley, he attended the public schools of that city. Following this, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina, and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. While at Davidson he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Following this, Kelley served on active duty as a Lieutenant with the United States Army’s 83rd Field Artillery Battalion, … Read More

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Focus On: Center for Civil and Human Rights – Development of Excellence Award Finalist

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities. The Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley … Read More

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Focus On: Buckhead Atlanta – Development of Excellence Award Finalist

Offering over 1.5 million square feet of customizable space-including 275,000 square feet of upscale retail, restaurants and cafes, more than 125,000 square feet of luxury office and approximately 400,000 square feet of high-rise residential-Buckhead Atlanta conveys the ultimate street-scene dynamic in the capital of the South. Comprising six city blocks, Buckhead Atlanta connects seamlessly with the existing neighborhood. Consisting of multiple distinctive buildings, each with a proprietary proportion and style, the design focuses on the relationship between buildings, people, automobiles and walkways. By balancing the pedestrian experience with automotive convenience, … Read More

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Focus on: 77 12th – Development of Excellence Award Finalist

77 12th is a 23-story mixed-use tower consisting of 330 luxury one-bedroom and two-bedroom high-rise apartments and 20,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurants. Upscale features include ten-foot ceilings, granite and stone kitchens and baths, stainless-steel appliances and full-size washers and dryers. Amenities on the top floor include a club room, game room, fitness center and sky deck that provides sweeping panoramas of the Midtown and Downtown Atlanta skylines. The tower also features an extensive rooftop terrace across the parking deck. The private terrace level features lush landscaping, a … Read More

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5 Developments to be Honored at ULI Atlanta Awards for Excellence Dinner

We are pleased to announce the project finalists for the Awards for Excellence. Learn which of these finalists will be named the winner at the Awards for Excellence Dinner. 77 12th Buckhead Atlanta Center for Civil & Human Rights College Football Hall of Fame North Atlanta High School The Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council celebrates 20 years of recognizing outstanding leadership in development in the Southeast at the annual Awards for Excellence. The annual Awards Dinner is ULI Atlanta’s signature event, bringing together the top leaders in our industry … Read More

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Falcons, Fountains and the Evolution of the Georgia World Congress Center

By Rachel Tobin & Matt Scofield On Wednesday, May 21st, ULI Atlanta hosted, “Falcons, Fountains and the Evolution of the Georgia World Congress Center”. The downtown and business insiders who presented at the event treated attendees to a sneak peak at the future development around the GWCC, new Falcons stadium and Centennial Olympic Park. The program kicked off with Joe Skopitz, Asst. General Manager, GWCC/Centennial Olympic Park, giving an overview of the vision surrounding the park. His presentation featured renderings highlighting potential for the area (including a new three story … Read More

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