I actually think this is an idea that has strong potential of being worthwhile. Great minds think alike and two or a hundred are always better than one. Anything to make this world a better place is open to me. However, what worries me is what these developers actually know about their targeted market. Take Atlantic Station. A 2 billion dollar or so project (excuse the guesstimates, I don't feel like googling right now) ... I was ecstatic. A place in midtown that maybe, just maybe, I can find something to buy all in one place. Until I realized that instead of stores you couldn't find anywhere else in Atlanta, you have the common suburban strip mall. Not to mention the overly decorated, nonauthentic celebrity backed restaurant chains. If this community is planned around artists and scientists and those alike, instead of starbucks - how about a real cafe? instead of gap and banana republic - how about a vintage boutique shop? and instead of a pond and some green space - how about a small stream or canal with a garden? If you're going to spend the money, yours and mine, please do it right. And for the "affordable housing", proof of type-of-employment should be mandatory. Good luck and can't wait to see how this plays out.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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