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Old 04-18-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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I spent a half hour on Google street view- quite interesting architecture. Many of the streets look great.
I don't see much residential housing though unless I missed it?
Many of the buildings along Historic Hotel Row are lofts...and there are a few apartment buildings in the area.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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Many of the buildings along Historic Hotel Row are lofts...and there are a few apartment buildings in the area.
How many residents if you had to "guesstimate?"
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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How about nicknaming it Terminus.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:54 PM
 
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How many residents if you had to "guesstimate?"
I wouldn't really know how to estimate...I've been in a couple of the lofts along Mitchell Street and know of a couple of apartment buildings, but I don't the area well enough to guess. Maybe someone else does. I wouldn't think it's one of the more populated districts of downtown.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I like Downtown. Admittedly, it's a little different from places I'm used to living. I have not seen some CRAZY folks down there, but I'm fine with that; there are crazy folks everywhere.

The main thing that is getting me is that many things I did not like about living in a suburb is the same Downtown or possibly worse.

I am uncomfortable with the idea of not being able to buy groceries at even an earlier hour than in the suburbs. Things really close early and there are not that many options in the first place. I do like that it is flat so I can drive home and walk to where I want to go, but that doesn't really matter if there is no where open to walk to.

It just seems a bit inconvenient and avoiding that inconvenience is one of the reasons I moved.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Great Read!!! I've been frequenting downtown lately and it looks like some areas are ripe for business owners/ investors. Auburn avenue for example is amazing. The streetcar lines the street in front of several empty units. There are a few apartment complexes in the area, one that I almost overlooked called Citywalk. I'd be excited how the neighborhood turns, but I wonder how long it would take to get people to feel safe and confident in moving down there.You've got walkability and true IMO urban living. You can get to the bars of Edgewood, GSU, all the touristy stuff and then into midtown via marta, bus whatever.....
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I lived in the Fairlie Poplar district for a year, back in 1999-2000. Back then, it was starting to gentrify, but I still don't think it really caught on in that area and "took off." I would walk through this area of "south downtown" on occasion, and it really was then the sketchiest part of downtown. I'm really surprised it hasn't taken off yet.

I'm planning on moving back to Atlanta later this summer with my company, and I may take another look at the residential options in this area. I totally agree, it has the location, building stock, transportation options and pretty much everything going for it for dense residential, commercial and place to draw people in.

It could be a district similar to "light and power" in Kansas City, ultimately....tremendous potential.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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I lived in the Fairlie Poplar district for a year, back in 1999-2000. Back then, it was starting to gentrify, but I still don't think it really caught on in that area and "took off." I would walk through this area of "south downtown" on occasion, and it really was then the sketchiest part of downtown. I'm really surprised it hasn't taken off yet.

I'm planning on moving back to Atlanta later this summer with my company, and I may take another look at the residential options in this area. I totally agree, it has the location, building stock, transportation options and pretty much everything going for it for dense residential, commercial and place to draw people in.

It could be a district similar to "light and power" in Kansas City, ultimately....tremendous potential.
The area of South Downtown may seem the "sketchiest", but it's not like it isn't a thriving shopping area during the day. It may not be the shopping most of us on here would like it to be, but it is busy nonetheless. Cities need to have areas like that too.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:14 PM
 
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So I just came back from the Underground Atlanta meeting, no major news or updates. They were mostly seeking input. But they do seem very interested and invested in doing this project. There is a lot of excitement, but they noted that this will be a bigger project and take a while to sort through all the various utilities and sub-basements and history to figure out this project. They discover something new every day, but nothing has scared them yet. They are on track to expect to close in September currently. Plans are still evolving every day. But they are excited about the potential of the area and expect to bring a critical mass of good retail to the area with residential above.

Also the space they held this meeting is amazing. You may know it as the site of Metro Mall and "Kick A## Mall Cop" youtube videos. But it is actually a huge space that was Rich's first department store. It now an amazing loft office space and looks like somewhere Google would have its offices. Creative Loafing and other companies are now based out of there. Just goes to show how quickly places can change.

The other thing is that came out of the meeting is South Downtown wants input as to what it should become. They ask people to fill out the survey on their site: South Downtown - Atlanta, Georgia
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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So I just came back from the Underground Atlanta meeting, no major news or updates. They were mostly seeking input. But they do seem very interested and invested in doing this project. There is a lot of excitement, but they noted that this will be a bigger project and take a while to sort through all the various utilities and sub-basements and history to figure out this project. They discover something new every day, but nothing has scared them yet. They are on track to expect to close in September currently. Plans are still evolving every day. But they are excited about the potential of the area and expect to bring a critical mass of good retail to the area with residential above.

Also the space they held this meeting is amazing. You may know it as the site of Metro Mall and "Kick A## Mall Cop" youtube videos. But it is actually a huge space that was Rich's first department store. It now an amazing loft office space and looks like somewhere Google would have its offices. Creative Loafing and other companies are now based out of there. Just goes to show how quickly places can change.

The other thing is that came out of the meeting is South Downtown wants input as to what it should become. They ask people to fill out the survey on their site: South Downtown - Atlanta, Georgia
Metro Mall is no more??? That's the best news I've heard all day! Sounds like Peachtree South may be on the move.
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