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If you are tired of looking at traffic along I-285 and Ga. 400, I have a solution: Watch GDOT’s new video of its planned managed express lanes. There is very little traffic in those videos. 

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We are now 12 years removed from the recession that crashed a huge party in our country, spurring regulators and policy-makers to implement stiff new checks-and-balances. I was asked by a friend the other day: “are we better off now?”

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Henry County officials have shown they are hungry for new, large-scale projects that will complement its close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson and Atlanta Motor Speedway. The county is starting the new decade off with a bang as a $250 million residential development was just submitted for re…

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Let’s just start off that we all agree we were way too gluttonous over the holidays, and it’s time to clear out the clutter and find the right laser-focus that is going to make 2020 the best year ever.

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Once again, experts are surprised to see mortgage rates lower today than from where they began the year — to the point where I am actually refinancing the loans that I made last January. 

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Another year has passed and we still do not have enough houses for everyone that wants them. In fact, 91 percent of the market right now is under-supplied. 

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About 18 years ago I had the pleasure of attending The Norton Agency’s annual forecast event. It began with loud, high-energy dance music, then fog with colored lights bouncing across it. Amid all that, in walked Frank Norton Jr., an unassuming data-hound with a degree from Georgia Tech. 

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From a political point of view, things may seem rocky, volatile and uncertain. As for the economy, it’s been kind of a dull ride as investors and corporations play things safe, waiting to see how the political dust will settle.

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Thanksgiving is now over, or about to be over, and us Georgia Bulldog fans are getting ready to see if we can avoid a year-long brag-fest from those engineers who graduated in downtown Atlanta. Of the 113 times we have played each other, it has only happened 41 times, but when it does, when …

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With one of our most humbling of holidays right around the corner, I’m inspired to talk even more about how grateful I am to be living here in Atlanta. Thanks to all of you who work hard to make sure this is one of the most vibrant places to live, work and play in not just the entire country…

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You can say it’s because of the low unemployment rate, or that it’s just the preference of millennials, but the reality is, companies are now spending a lot more money to relocate their offices in cool places with a lot of amenities so they can compete for better employees. 

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My first real job out of college was that of a full-time newspaper reporter. It was one of the greatest jobs there is, getting to meet with all kinds of people and getting to see firsthand what goes on in a community to make things happen. 

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One of the largest residential projects in the metro area is being proposed in Peachtree Corners on 115 acres that sprawl along the Chattahoochee River. The development will include 916 units of residential housing aimed to serve as an “age-in-place” community. 

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Data released by the Georgia MLS shows that the housing market in Metro Atlanta is still pushing ahead, despite any rumors of an economic slowdown or lack of inventory under $300,000. 

After 12 years of coaching youth sports, I have thrown out a lot of sayings to the players on my teams. Some of them have made the cut and continue from season to season. Others land flat and get thrown by the wayside. But after this long, I have some that are tried and true and really are l…

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With app-driven ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft woven into the fabric of our communities, and self-driving cars on the horizon, the Buckhead Community Improvement District inked a contract last week to incorporate the systems into a public-like transit service. 

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Plans may finally be coming together in Alpharetta for a 62-acre tech village that could now include one or two Fortune 500 companies. The site is attractive to large employers because of its proposed sense of place, mixed-use concept and because it ties into the proposed Alpha Loop. 

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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal kind of shocked me when it stated that American incomes remained essentially flat in 2018. Our unemployment rate is at a historically low level, and as employers fight for quality employees, it should make good sense that wages would be going up. B…

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When pressed, I’m happy to tell how I came through the near economic collapse our country went through in 2008. It’s a story about getting knocked way down only to work a hard row back up. I’m certainly proud, and I certainly had a lot of help from some great people.

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Hat’s off to my 10th grade economics teacher Coach Gann at Crestwood High School, the theory of “supply and demand and the invisible hand” is playing out in extremes in the metro area’s office market. 

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I’m not sure there is really any stronger anticipation than the grueling month of waiting a college football fan goes through before the season kicks off. It’s like that drive home from picking up the family’s pizza on Friday night when you are starving and there are piping-hot pizza’s smell…

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I was right in the middle of writing an article that would have disappointed you interest rate hawks about how the Federal Reserve’s rate cut did not translate to a direct mortgage interest rate cut. Then the president flew in with an announcement of new tariffs on China, which sent rates sinking. 

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You want another reason that real estate is interesting to talk about: Since 2010, the housing market comprised about 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. 

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As a native of Metro Atlanta, I’m asked all the time: why didn’t you all plan better for all the people moving here? After stumbling for a good long while over answers, I’ve finally landed on one. The reason we have traffic issues isn’t a planning issue, it’s a funding issue. 

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As many of you know, I’m a news junkie when it comes to things that are happening here in Georgia. After reading articles in several papers this week, I’m going to ask a question I know most of you have a very passionate answer for: Is it possible that we need MORE people to move to Atlanta? 

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A couple weeks ago I talked about the housing market being a little Jekyll and Hyde, with lower-priced houses being in a sellers’ market and higher-priced houses being more in a buyers’ market. That article was more me going off articles I’ve been reading and gut-feelings. This one is about …

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I ran into a friend the other day who was excited to tell me that the area many affectionately refer to as “East Cobb” is looking into becoming its own city. 

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We are in an interesting time in our housing market right now. It seems higher-priced homes are not moving as fast as they have been, while homes under $400,000 in the metro area seem to be flying off the shelves. 

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With tariff wars deepening and the Federal Reserve now preparing for rate cuts, mortgage rates have fallen through the floor, and we are now back into the 3 percents for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. 

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I want to warn all of you, this article caters pretty much to community development nerds. But even if you aren’t one, even if you are just someone who lives in a community, you may very well be interested in hearing about something that spends money to improve your community without using y…

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The Smith family is once again going full-boar Odyssey of the Mind this week at the World Finals on the Michigan State University campus.

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I first heard of the Goat Farm during our recent Super Bowl when it hosted a number of music acts to help entertain some of the thousands of people that flooded our city. I thought it was just a quirky name for a music venue. Then today I read an article about its “$250 million renovation” a…

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You probably remember Braselton as the small, quaint country town somewhere northeast of Atlanta that used to be owned by actress Kim Basinger. Well, it ain’t that anymore. 

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Since GDOT and MARTA’s release of new plans to build two express lanes in each direction up Ga. 400 with bus rapid transit stops along the way, I’ve heard cries from folks as to why they are not extending heavy rail instead. I can’t help but think that this conversation is so, like, five yea…

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If you think you have a handle on the Perimeter Center area in Dunwoody and how it is growing, you might want to think again. 

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Dawson County may very well be next in line to become a county with a major mixed-use development. After watching the success of Avalon, and the construction a couple miles up Ga. 400 of Halcyon, a group called Dawson Village Partners is moving forward with its plans to build Dawson County’s…

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I suppose spring break will mean something different once the boys are grown, but right now it’s a week where the four of us get away from it all and focus on being together as a family. 

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The development scene in Atlanta has come a long way since back in the 1980s, when we were just blasting off into what many called the era of “suburban sprawl.” Business was booming and people were moving to the metro area from all over the world. 

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I did not think for one second last November that I would be saying this, but mortgage rates have dropped under 4.5 percent, and if you locked a loan last fall, you should take a look at refinancing. 

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I did not think for one second last November that I would be saying this, but mortgage rates have dropped under 4.5 percent, and if you locked a loan last fall, you should take a look at refinancing. 

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On the west side of Atlanta in an area by the old Bellwood Quarry and near the Bankhead MARTA station, planners set in motion a new phase of the Atlanta Beltline, and construction started on two parks. 

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Following the advice of a few folks I trust, we have decided to take this weekly news article to the next level. Starting a week ago, we will be recording a monthly podcast on all things economic development here in the metro area. 

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Unlike the Oakland A’s version of moneyball, the Atlanta Braves are actually making money. And judging from their recently released 2018 earnings, they are making a ton of it. 

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The Rotary Club of Roswell is one of the metro area’s most productive, attended and awarded clubs of its kind. And last week it hosted former Fannie Mae Chairman Egbert Perry as its guest speaker, who took the opportunity to talk directly about helping those in poverty by building developmen…

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A who’s who of North Fulton developers gathered last week to talk about the mixed-use concept and how it has played out in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs. It was a glimpse into some of the great development minds that have helped to shape one of the most economically successful suburbs in the …