Staying Close to Home
Perhaps it should be no surprise that a decade that started with a threat of millennial meltdown (the Y2K crisis that never came) followed by a very real homeland attack (9/11) spawned a trend that was more seclusive than social. During the 2000s, everyone wanted to stick close to home, and real estate marketers responded by coining the term “live-work-play.” Developers rushed to build complexes that combined houses, condos, office parks, and retail. None was flashier than Atlantic Station, the instant-city built atop a rehabbed industrial wasteland. A half decade since opening, that development is struggling, as are others. In the meantime, historic little towns such as Decatur, Roswell, and Duluth went back to the future, spiffing up their courthouse squares and touting their old-fashioned virtues. — Rebecca Burns
This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue.