The role of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in luring the Braves away from Atlanta

It would be difficult to overstate the role the Cobb Chamber, a 2,500-member business organization, played in bringing the Braves to Cobb, whether as public cheerleaders or private decision-makers.

Test Drive: Spending the weekend in a 135 square foot SCADpad

Some people flip through Architectural Digest or Dwell with dreams of classic mansions or custom homes filled with designer furnishings. My domestic fantasies run smaller: a daily scroll through Tiny House Blog and obsessive scrutiny of every small space featured on Apartment Therapy. Some people take pilgrimages to furniture showrooms in North Carolina. I like to wander through Ikea displays: “Living in 273 square feet!”

SCADpads transform parking spaces into micro houses

Right now, SCAD Atlanta students and faculty are sleeping in the parking lot of the Atlanta campus’s main building. No, it’s not a dorm crisis or a protest, but an experiment in small living spaces.

Report: Georgia ranks No. 2 for stress

The folks at Movoto have released a list of the 10 Most Stressed Out States in America, naming Georgia the nation’s runner-up in overall anxiety. Although it doesn’t require a team of researchers to know that living and working in metro Atlanta is filled with stressors—just try making a left on Ivan Allen Boulevard any weekday afternoon—the dataset shows that Georgians in rural areas and smaller cities face their share of challenges, too.

Report: Atlanta ranks No. 42 for city parks

Atlanta sometimes is called “the city in the trees,” and certainly as you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson this time of year, a green canopy appears to cover the city. But deplane and explore at ground level and you’ll soon realize things aren’t quite so verdant. For the third year in a row we have earned a low score on a national assessment of city parks. But—in large part due to the Atlanta BeltLine—Atlanta’s gaining green space and serving more residents.

SCADpads transform parking spaces into micro houses

Right now, SCAD Atlanta students and faculty are sleeping in the parking lot of the Atlanta campus’s main building. No, it’s not a dorm crisis or a protest, but an experiment in small living spaces.

Report: Atlanta No. 1 for recent college grads

Commencement season is almost wrapped up, Memorial Day has come and gone, and across the country, 1.6 million recent grads are beginning the summer ritual of starting new jobs or, more likely, moving back home. Perhaps more of them should just move to Atlanta: A study by Homes.com puts the ATL on top of a “Top 10 Cities for New Grads” list.

The best place to live in Georgia is . . . Canton?

While the folks at the real estate blog Movoto.com think Atlanta excels in nerdiness and redneckery, they’ve concocted a new list where, oddly enough, the city doesn’t place at all. Movoto’s “10 Best Places in Georgia” roster doesn’t include the state’s capital.  That’s right; Atlanta evidently doesn’t rate. The most peachy keen of Georgia’s places to live is none other than (drum roll, please) Canton.

Movoto’s explanation: a data-and-statistics-based formula used to identify real estate Utopias by ranking total amenities, crime, tax rates, employment, commute time, and weather (uh, humid). The rankings don’t include access to mass transit, but do include a multifaceted “quality of life” tabulation that assesses the cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio in public schools.

Movoto’s List of the Best Places in Georgia

Finally! Buckhead Atlanta shops announced

For years, talk of fancy shops at Peachtree and Roswell roads in Buckhead has buzzed and abated as the cranes creaked on and off. Finally, as the mixed-use Buckhead Atlanta development fills the longtime hole in the ground, the chatter comes to fruition.

Modal Citizen: Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s transit-oriented development maven

If you’ve paid attention to news out of MARTA the past several weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “transit-oriented development.” That’s urban-planner speak for the development of land surrounding transit stations. Lindbergh City Center, with its mix of residences and retail, is a prime example. MARTA has lately secured developers for massive mixed-use projects at the [King Memorial][1] and [Avondale][2] stations and solicited proposals for [Edgewood/Candler Park][3]. Seven other stations have made the [working short list][4] for similar projects.

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