“The year ended with big news for Atlanta’s most loved park, with outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed unveiling plans for a massive expansion of Piedmont Park.

According to a press release by the city, the park will grow to the north, thanks to acquisition of two large parcels, costing $20 million.

The deal would extend the park northward to the corner of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive. The sites are currently home to a gas station, HobNob, and a small shopping center, which is (oddly) actively expanding.”

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Looking back across 2017, intown Atlanta and its inner suburbs just might have experienced an unprecedented post-recession boom these past few months, with oodles of new projects opening, many starting construction, and many more announced.

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According to a presentation given by the development team to the neighborhood last week, the project—currently called 760 Ralph McGill—could cost a reported $750 million. Planned for the former Georgia Power marshaling yards, the project would front Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Beltline.

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On Jan. 1, Atlanta will celebrate more than just a new year, as the city marks its largest footprint expansion in more than six decades.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council has paved the way for the annexation of Emory University and the CDC campus along Clifton Road, with a unanimous vote.

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The Beltline is slated to take another step forward next week, with the groundbreaking of the Northwest Connector Trail in Atlanta Memorial Park.

According to Reporter Newspapers, the trail will connect to an existing network of paths in the park and along Northside Drive, including the Northside Trail Spur at Tanyard Creek Park.

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“Times are truly changing when listings start bragging about proximity to Pullman Yard, a long-languishing, postindustrial property set for mixed-use rebirth.

That’s the case on Arizona Avenue, where the groundwork is being laid on a small, reformed parking lot for a seven-townhome cluster described as “sophisticated and thoughtfully designed,” with exteriors “timeless yet metropolitan,” per marketers.”

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