Buyers loving Rtown architect-builder’s modern farmhouses

For the BeltLine to be truly transformative it should have transformative residential design as part of the metanarrative. More to the point, BeltLandia could sure use some fresh architectural statements. Abode Architect-Builder of Reynoldstown is bringing just that on seemingly every available lot left in the neighborhood. I describe their work as Scandinavian farmhouse mashup, with sprinkles of modern, gothic, folk, and victorian. "Modern Farmhouse" is the shorthand for this blend of the old … [Read more...]

Broke-er than the average BeltLine Broker (Yay, You!)

Who doesn’t want to live in BeltLandia with amenities like Ponce City Market, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Krog Street Market, and, of course, the trail that connects them all? So for those looking to sell their home near the Eastside Trail, it is somewhat of a foregone conclusion that the Buyers will come a-knockin’. After all, you’re living in the hottest seller’s market in Atlanta. As a Broker specializing in working with home buyers and sellers in this prized slice of infra-culture, my … [Read more...]

How to improve your social life in a healthy way

I just got back from my semi-annual doctor's visit. One of the docs the Doc gave me as I was leaving was entitled "Management of Your Personal Health." The header of one section reads:  "How can I improve my social life in a healthy way?" Learning that he is concerned with my social health as well as my physical health kick-started an inner monologue of new-found appreciation for my choice in health care professionals. After all, we keep hearing that social and physical health are … [Read more...]

Hoverboards, Flying Cars, and Wireless Solar Streetcars

One of the speakers at the ribbon cutting for the Atlanta Streetcar congratulated the city and then wondered, “What’s next? Hoverboards and flying cars?” A fair question.That’s what the Back to the Future movies predicted for 2015, right? Although hoverboards and flying cars (of a sort) may actually be available, they’re still financially out of reach for the majority of us. Or they catch on fire. There is a technological advancement for the Streetcar that is well within our grasp and one … [Read more...]

Upgrade the Atlanta Streetcar

I lived car-free in Germany for a couple of years and was a frequent user of Augsburg’s outstanding streetcar system. There was a stop right outside the walls of my duty station. The clean, punctual cars arrived every eight minutes and transported users electrically and efficiently to the rail station, restaurants, businesses, shopping, parks, and other urban destinations. It was a slice of lifestyle that I grew very fond of. So I’ve been supportive of the Atlanta Streetcar since it’s … [Read more...]

Howl-o-ween 2014 Pet Parade Benefits Freedom Barkway

Black cats have been hogging the spotlight on Halloween for long enough. Every dog has it’s day and that day is Saturday, October 25th. All dogs are invited to dress up in their most fabulous swag for the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade. They should have their owners dress up too and bring them along to where Highland Avenue crosses over the BeltLine at Alaska. The parade will begin at noon. It’ll be the most spectacular pack ever seen in these parts as the parade moves west on Highland Avenue to the … [Read more...]

Roofscape the Eastside Trail

I often refer to the BeltLine as Atlanta 2.0 because of how it is upgrading the city. The elevations of the reclaimed railroad have definitely upgraded city vistas at certain locations. The downside is that users of the Line will sometimes be looking down at wide expanses of the rooftops of big box retail buildings. This certainly doesn't show us the building's best side. Little consideration has been given to these elevated deserts of gravel and black tar because they weren't visible before … [Read more...]

Find Our BeltLine Stash and Net Some Cash

We’re going to start giving away money. So we hid a twenty dollar bill today. Perhaps we should explain: 1. We are unabashed Ambassadors of the BeltLine Lifestyle. It’s because we are grateful to claim as our neighborhood a band of emerging infraculture that is arguably the best thing to happen to Atlanta in a long while. Part of our mission at BeltLandia is to promote buying local from the best businesses, restaurants, shopping, and services in the corridor. 2. Our work is helping home … [Read more...]

Water Tower Stacks Coming 2015

The concrete tower across from Studioplex, the Old Fourth Ward’s most iconic landmark, has often perplexed visitors to the neighborhood, wondering as to it's history and purpose.  More than 100 years ago Atlantic Compress Company had it built as a gigantic fire hydrant for the adjacent cotton compress factory. It was designed such that gravity could unleash 100,000 gallons of water from a tank at the top of the tower should the factory ever catch afire, which it did in 1916. Although the factory … [Read more...]

The Arts Take Center Stage On the BeltLine

Public art -- both visual and performance -- has always been a fundamental component of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Year five of the biannual Art on the BeltLine kicks off with The Lantern Parade this September 6. Over 240 proposals were vetted for artistic merit, concept originality, feasibility and community engagement with almost 100 visual and performance pieces selected. In similar news, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant to build … [Read more...]