Here’s what Forbes had to say about our Atlanta region…
Atlanta is considered to be a top business city and a primary transportation hub
of the Southeastern U.S. The city contains the world headquarters of
corporations such as Coca-Cola, Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Delta Air
Lines, and Turner Broadcasting. Although traditional Southern culture is part of
Atlanta’s cultural fabric, it’s mostly the backdrop to one of the nation’s
leading international cities. This unique cultural combination
reveals itself at the High Museum of Art, the bohemian shops of Little Five
Points, and the multi-cultural dining choices found along Buford Highway.
Atlanta also hosts a variety of history museums and attractions, including the
Atlanta History Center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
The city is also home to a number of post-secondary educational institutions
including Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia
State University as well as a host of others.
With this sitting on the forefront of today’s shakers and rollers, you get the impression that Atlanta Georgia is the place to be… and rightly so. Even in this very hard-pressed economy, Atlanta seems to be doing better than other parts of our country. New companies, and well-established firms are noticing Atlanta, as well as the housing markets. Jobs and homes, a great combination for survival in any sense of the words, are being paired with the beautiful South.
Even the National Association of Realtors(r) is noting Atlanta and pairing it up with the term ‘Smart Growth’….”Smart growth, which emphasizes walkability, higher density, and transportation access as ways to more effectively use land, is not a new concept. Yet, the significant impact that smart growth can have on commercial property demand and values is often overlooked by many commercial practitioners. In Atlanta, the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS’® Community Growth Committee set out to create a common approach to examining the benefits of higher density mixed-use and transit-oriented development (TOD).
Many of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS’® (ACBR) early smart growth initiatives focused on education and liaison with fellow commercial REALTORS® and public officials. But in 2011, the ACBR had the opportunity to take the next step — to actively participate in turning a smart growth plan into a viable commercial/ residential development. The property in question was the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) station at Edgewood/Candler Park. Located in Edgewood, an older suburb of mostly single-family homes southeast of downtown, the 1979-vintage station offered a prime opportunity for redevelopment, according to Dan Reuter, land use chief for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).
“There is a lot of unrealized potential near many of our rail stations, and with the growing market of Atlanta buyers and renters who want to live in urban, walkable places, many of the stations offer a great place to provide more TOD real estate,” Reuter explained.” (quoted from Mariwyn Evans of www.realtor.org)
So when people ask why do I live in the Atlanta Region, I just tell them its Smart.
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