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Habitats for HIPsters

While Beltlandia is certainly attracting a healthy share of the classic hipster population to it’s environs, I refer in this post to those who qualify for Atlanta BeltLine’s new Housing Initiative Program [HIP]. Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) today announced the reopening of HIP with a new round of grant goodness. HIP has up to $3 million in financial assistance for the purchase of new homes or the rehabilitation of existing homes along … [Read more...]

BeltLandia Weekender, May 13th – 15th

Howdy there and happy *almost* Friday! We’re hoping you won’t come down with a case of paraskevidekatriaphobia. Ya know, the fear of Friday the 13th. Instead of observing this anti-holiday, we suggest taking a page from our book by celebrating International Hummus Day. For the love of pita bread, just say no to paraskevidekatriaphobia. This weekend’s activities are significantly lighter than last; however, you can never go wrong with a stroll around the BeltLine followed by mid-afternoon … [Read more...]

Pourovers with a Punch at Condesa Coffee

My sister and I have been meeting for weekly constitutionals on the BeltLine lately and we stopped at Condesa Coffee on our most recent excursion. Since she lives in the suburbs and is hoping to attend Tech in the next couple of years, she is keen to find study-worthy coffee shops for when she finally takes the big step towards an engineering degree. We started on the Eastside trail and made our way via the Freedom Parkway trail to Condesa. It took a little longer than expected since we got a … [Read more...]

A sign of better times ahead

Words create worlds. Truth is, there was a time when train tracks like the Atlanta BeltLine divided communities, mostly along socioeconomic lines. “Where you’re always on the right side of the tracks” acknowledges that past while simultaneously casting a vision for a more inclusive future. Because words create worlds. The Atlanta BeltLine railroad re-invented as a common meeting ground for all of us is part of the awesome sauce that makes the surrounding neighborhoods -- BeltLandia -- … [Read more...]

Dancing with the Goats at Ponce City Market

I’m always jonesing for a good cup of coffee and one of my favorite places is Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, which just so happens to be right on the BeltLine! I used to love going to their Decatur location, but it was a little too out of the way for frequent visits (traffic, of course, being the deciding factor), so I was delighted when they opened their Old Fourth Ward location a few years ago. Dancing Goats was one the first businesses to open up at Ponce City Market. Over the past couple years … [Read more...]

Listing of the week: 1591 Linda Way in Westview

This post begins my weekly entry on some of the best property offerings for sale in BeltLandia. I recently took a client on a tour of homes for sale in the vicinity of the coming BeltLine Westside Trail. We were looking at homes priced in the $125,000 - $160,000 range. This home really stood out as an example of what you can still get in West BeltLandia for under $150,000. (Yes, I am suggesting that the home may be priced a little high -- but aren't most, initially?) You can't get a 1 bed, 1 … [Read more...]

Bring shelter for the soul to BeltLandia

I recently toured a couple of live-work artist cottages at Serenbe Art Farm. The so-called 20K houses are the result of a seemingly unlikely partnership between the new urban enclave of the wealthy that is Serenbe, and Rural Studio, an undergrad program of Auburn University’s School of Architecture that builds houses for poor people. The visit took me back to one of the most transcendent moments of my life. It happened standing in a downpour outside a poor, elderly woman's home in Hale … [Read more...]

The Square – “At the Edge of Everything”

I remember when John Wieland Homes broke ground on Highland Park. It was the first new construction many of us had seen for a few years, thanks to the Great Recession. There was a collective gasp when the introductory price in the $300K range was announced for these townhouses. That seemed like such a high price point at the time. You have to remember that, at the depth of the recession, we had seen houses in the Old Fourth Ward go for as little as $15,000. Of course, the desirability for … [Read more...]

The Southside Trail – something to smile about

Earlier this year, #boardthebeltline activists created a stir when they DIY’d a plywood path nailed atop cross ties on a section of dormant railway. Did this expression of frustration with the pace of progress pent up demand for completing a key section of the BeltLine trail system actually help get things moving forward? Maybe. According to The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the design and engineering of its Southside … [Read more...]

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...]