Cushman & Wakefield, an international real-estate trend watcher and service provider, throws my Downtown Atlanta home some serious love this week in a blog post on its website: The Time for Downtown is Now
Here’s a quote I particularly like because it references the importance of residents (I’m highly biased, obviously).
With more interest in urban living, Downtown’s residential base has been growing, along with the number of apartment and condo options in the area. The area’s population is approaching 30,000, and retailers are taking notice of this growing and affluent market. Nearly 230,000 square feet of new shops or restaurants are being built or are planned for Downtown, which will only further attract residents and visitors.
For many years, this area was a Central Business District filled with life during the weekdays while sitting silent and dark in most parts at night. But with the current residential life and, hopefully, more to come, it’s becoming a multifaceted place with a truly sustainable mix of uses.
It’s nice to read this positive outlook from professionals who specialize in urban trends. And following the love we got from the New York Times a few weeks ago, this is too much. I’m blushing.
I’d come right out and recommend Downtown as a great place to move to, but unless you catch the occasional foreclosure, you’re pretty much out of luck. We’re all filled up and eager to see new residential built.
I’ve included a pic from a block party on Poplar Street last year. We had a great time.