People must be able to live near where they work of we are going to reduce cars on the road in Atlanta. Not everyone is going to have high paying wages - there will always be minimum wage and service industry employees who will not be able to pay in town 'market rates' for housing. If we value a public policy of increased utilization of transit, diversity and accessibility to in town work centers then we must support affordable housin g by using public funds and other incentives or exclusionary zone strategy. Pretty basic stuff.
Our problem has been concentration of affordable housing too far from the employment centers. That has to be addressed. Requirements like PCM Flats is a temporary patch with a end date. That is a flaw that must be fixed - affordable housing should not be that fluid.
Re Pendred article - it is full of holes and inaccuracies which are par for course with him. CL needs someone with economic development background to review or write this stuff.
I get my keys and move in on October 3- I can hardly wait!
The Book House Pub is VaHi - Ponce is the boundary. PH has Green's - woo hoo!!!
They all need to be arrested and charged with distroying private property or something to that effect. If the city doesn't act quicky then we run the risk that every mural in this town could be attacked any time with no consuquence. Its art and should inspire conversation - not vandalism.
WOW - I am constantly amazed at some of the negative and downright dumb comments I read in these comment threads.
Here is some insight from someone who has actually seen these plans and lives in the neighborhood where they are proposed to be built, to help get few facts straight.
1 - these proposed apts are in NPU-N, NOT NPU-M, and the developers have not finished their discussions with the impacted neighborhood, Poncey-Highland. Developer has also not gone to NPU-N for approval, yet - so everything is still in the preliminary design phase.
2 - Poncey Highland master plan does call for high density, residential at that location
Demand for rental is very high inside Atlanta right now and supply is low (witnessed by the rise in rental prices for intown units) - we will see much more rental built in-town before we see condos and houses built for at least the next few years.
From my personal perspective this development will likely get built as residential housing (1,2 and 3 bedrooms) and that will be just fine with me. Anything to get people working in ATL and development along the Beltline is a good thing.
Mostly a good article. The parking deck and tire center will be first things to be torn down very soon - don't believe the rumors. LOTS of interior and infrastructure stuff to do so no occupants for a long while.
This project has had community involvement for over 8 years- since we helped develop a portion of the RFP that outlined 7 immediate neighborhoods' 'must haves and don't go there' lists. I am confident we are going to see an amazing development. My biggest concern will be traffic impact on nearby neighborhoods.
Real World; exactly who is 'the news' in Atlanta now? Not the 'Dunwoody' Journal Contstitution, that's for sure. Seriously, a City with population of over 1/2 million and we have Creative Loafing as our primary city newpaper??
As for Beltline - its ready for development of paths and parks, but not transit (just too early for that) so going for TIGRII $ would have jepordized the City's bid for the streetcar - which is a reality right now.
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