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Old 02-02-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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I worked in the Equitable building a long time ago. Definitely a well-known downtown landmark. I thought there was some renovation being done to it already just a few years ago, but I don't clearly recall correctly.

Does anyone remember the EQUITABLE lettering being displayed in green and red during the Christmas holidays?
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Let's not forget that the downtown streetcar will pass right in front of the building.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Im glad they are renovating it and not tearing it down. Thats the part of Atlanta's charm.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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Let's not forget that the downtown streetcar will pass right in front of the building.
For the money they are spending, it sounds as if rent will be high-end so I don't think the streetcar be an asset.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Im glad they are renovating it and not tearing it down. Thats the part of Atlanta's charm.
Um...yeah...Atlanta is known for its preservation. Savannah has something to learn from Atlanta.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Obviously not true, as they are having no trouble at all finding places to expand. If it was as hard as you say, they would have snatched up the Equitable in a heartbeat.

Hoping for someone else's failure is pathetic.
Yeah, GSU has obviously had a lot of trouble expanding over the past decade or so...there have only been about 20 new and redeveloped buildings added to the campus in recent years.

GSU seems to expand constantly and has been a major catalyst for downtown development. I'm not sure why anyone would try to act as if the university is having such a hard time when it's so apparent that this isn't true.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Yeah, GSU has obviously had a lot of trouble expanding over the past decade or so...there have only been about 20 new and redeveloped buildings added to the campus in recent years.

GSU seems to expand constantly and has been a major catalyst for downtown development. I'm not sure why anyone would try to act as if the university is having such a hard time when it's so apparent that this isn't true.
Getting the land for the now Petit building took literally decades. It came close to not happening but to former President Carl Patton's credit, he pulled it off. GSU has to pay a fortune just to acquire any land. The Sun Trust property purchase was possible because of the money from GSU's sale of its North Avenue dorms to GT. The Equitable building came into play because of the depressed economy and real estate and downtown's diminished status. Right now, GSU's biggest difficulty is recreational fields near to the campus. Expansion is difficult and GSU has to consider cannibalizing Sparks and Kell Halls for new buildings. They built their recreation center on one of their own parking lots. GSU is probably the least attractive campus with no greenspace of its own.

For GSU's future sake, downtown development is not what they'd want because it would price real estate out of sight.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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For the money they are spending, it sounds as if rent will be high-end so I don't think the streetcar be an asset.
What makes you think the high rent crowd won't ride the streetcar?
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What makes you think the high rent crowd won't ride the streetcar?
Yep. With a future direct connection to the Beltline, that line will serve a fairly "high rent" crowd.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Yep. With a future direct connection to the Beltline, that line will serve a fairly "high rent" crowd.
Yep, all those high-income lawyers will being filling up the streetcars and LRTs.
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