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Old 12-02-2014, 09:55 AM
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  • CoA will continue to see strong increases in growth, Ant's numbers work
  • Growth will continue to level off outside the core maybe even flat-line in some counties
  • Exurban counties will have slower growth rates
  • Growth will shift more towards the south side and growth rates there will be at least on par with the North side (both in town and suburban)
  • Downtown will surge in development at least on par with Midtown
  • Adair Park / West End and surrounding neighborhoods will be the new Grant Park / Kirkwood up-and-coming areas
  • Airport area will emerge as a business / jobs hub
  • CoA likely in conjunction with Fulton and/or DeKalb passes additional transit funding
  • LRT on the Beltline
  • Clifton Corridor at least mostly funded if not already under construction or open
  • Gwinnett will join MARTA
  • HOT lanes will be on basically all metro highways
  • Self-driving taxis operate on Atlanta streets and start to emerge as a game-changer in transportation and urban design
  • Min parking requirements disappear from zoning laws as they are no longer needed
  • Big-boxes fade from the landscape as shopping moves to older urban areas and projects like Avalon in the suburbs
  • A version of the MMPT will be in development
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:30 PM
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My five cents:

1) School zones will become less important among a small but growing contingent of home schoolers, bringing more growth of neighborhoods with "bad" schools among regular middle class families (not those with private school means) who live where they choose without regard to the zoned public schools' reputation.

2) School zone quality will continue to predominate families' housing choices, on the other hand, driving more people to Cobb and Gwinnett counties.

3) Kennesaw State will undoubtedly grow in profile and size as a state university. This will impact the development of the City of Kennesaw (plans and studies already underway with that, trending towards more town center/density prospects, in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission), affecting also perhaps the section of Marietta directly adjacent to Kennesaw.

4) The West End will be fully gentrified. The white newcomers will generally disrespect the history and importance of the area. Growing pains on all sides.

5) Serious discussions will culminate in approval of an outer loop that connects the various burbs and job centers.

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Old 12-02-2014, 03:54 PM
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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Might as well throw my hat into the ring of wild predictions (warning, #5 is partisan):

1) Gwinnett County will join MARTA. The vote will be much closer than the Clayton vote, but the MARTA proponents will succeed. Cobb County will continue to drag its feet.

2) The Northern Arc will still be considered taboo in state politics.

3) By 2024, African-Americans will no longer make up a majority of the population in the City of Atlanta. They'll be a plurality, but not 50%.

4) The gas tax will be raised, but HOT lanes will continue being deployed. There will be some murmurs in the General Assembly about tolling the entire freeway system, but those proposals will be shot down in favor of more HOT lanes.

5) The Democrats will win one Senate seat and at least one presidential election in Georgia. If not 2016, then 2020. If not 2020, then 2024. The GOP maintains their supermajorities in the General Assembly.

6) Downtown investment will speed up, while Midtown, Buckhead, and areas along the eastern Beltline will continue to develop and densify. Castleberry Hill and Vine City see gentrification efforts speed up. Druid Hills, Emory, and Briar Vista are all annexed by Atlanta. The city's population passes 500,000 no later than 2020.

7) Two or three more streetcar lines will be completed. MARTA will finally begin construction on a rail line to Clayton, the Red Line extension, and the Clifton Corridor, but none of those will be fully complete by 2024. The Beltline light rail will still be missing in action. The Gulch will be developed with some kind of MMPT, but there won't be much aside from buses, a possible streetcar connection, and a connection to MARTA's Five Points station.

8) Same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana will be legal.

9) Hartsfield-Jackson will no longer be the world's busiest airport, as ATL will be overtaken by first Beijing, then Dubai. The airport will remain a critical hub for Delta, the country's busiest airport, and a few new carriers (i.e. Emirates) will begin flights to ATL. Paulding County's "Silver Comet Field" doesn't develop beyond being a small regional hub for low-cost short-haul flights due to its distance from Atlanta and its lack of highway and rail connectivity.

- skbl17
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