Areas around Emory University are primed to become a bit more walkable and bikeable soon, thanks to a partnership between the school and Atlanta’s PATH Foundation.

In May, construction will launch on two new multi-use trails planned to connect the finished South Peachtree Creek Trail, which opened northeast of Emory’s Clairmont campus in October, to the school’s main Druid Hills campus.

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Come see the last four remaining homes of The Grove at Avondale on Tuesday, January 15 from 11am-2pm. Catering will be provided by Alon’s Bakery and there will be a drawing to win TWO $200 Visa gift cards.

As living and working in walkable urban centers becomes more popular, interest has risen in such projects, which are often called deck parks. Dallas completed a $112 million, 5.2-acre park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in 2012, sparking commercial and residential development around it. It now draws crowds for food trucks, a reading area, a playground and free concerts.

Since then, dozens of deck parks have been proposed in about 30 cities including Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles, said James Burnett, a landscape architect whose firm works on many such plans, including two in Atlanta.

“Open space drives real estate values through the roof,” he said. “It was this big cavern and now it’s a green oasis.”

Backers of deck parks say they could help lure tech companies seeking to expand their presence outside of Silicon Valley. Critics say they often benefit developers and siphon valuable dollars—either through direct government support or tax-financing plans—from more pressing needs such as road repairs, expanded public transit and affordable housing.

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“Where Colony Square’s old atrium shops once welcomed Midtown workers on lunch breaks, a six-story building is set to rise with perks meant to appeal to today’s office dweller: 11-foot ceilings, big windows, and the buzz of restaurants and retailers at the base.

The plans for Building 300, as the Colony Square component at Peachtree and 15th streets will be called, have scored Whole Foods Markets’s regional office headquarters as an anchor tenant, officials with developer North American Properties announced today.”

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“Cousins Properties Inc. yesterday unveiled the first detailed look at the 1-million-square-foot Midtown headquarters it will develop for Norfolk Southern Corp.

The stunning urban campus will feature two 22-story towers rising at Spring, 3rd and West Peachtree Streets and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The presentation to the Midtown Development Review Committee was the broadest look yet at the project, which will employ about 2,000, based on the initial plans.”

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Although the race for Amazon’s HQ2 may be in the rearview, it appears that just being in the fight for the e-commerce behemoth could still impact major cities.

According to a report by Zillow, many cities will see home prices spike in the next year, thanks in part to what Forbes calls the “Amazon effect.” Zillow asked 100 investment experts and real estate economists to pick three markets they’d bet will exceed the national price-hike average in 2019, and most were HQ2 finalists.

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Whole Foods Market Inc. is putting its Southeast office at Midtown’s Colony Square— the latest company relocating from Atlanta’s suburbs to a transit-oriented urban environment.

Whole Foods will occupy the third and fourth floors of 300 Colony Square, an 87,500-square-foot building under construction as part of the well-known mixed-use property’s redevelopment.

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