I've been lurking here for a long time. I lived in Atlanta from 2000 to 2006. (A year on 26th Street, five years on Peachtree Hills Ave.) I came up to Hyattsville, MD - about two miles from the DC city limits - in August 2006 to go to grad school at U of Maryland in College Park.
Because I didn't know the depths of poverty I was about to fling myself into, I thought I'd be able to come back and visit during spring and/or winter breaks. HA! I laugh at myself.
All that to say: I haven't been back in Atlanta at all
since August 2006 and I wonder if I'm going to recognize the place when I get back.
In just this shot of Buckhead, I can see at least five
projects that weren't there when I left, if you count the one under construction on the far left. When I moved up here, Terminus was three stories of naked floor plates. They weren't even finished with the site work at Sovereign. It was just a deep hole and some retaining walls.
I can't believe the absolutely crazy amount of stuff that's gone up in downtown, midtown and Atlantic Station. Ikea had only been open about a year back then (I'm talking about it like it was 35 years ago
) and they hadn't even started on the Target, let alone the Atlantic and all that other madness over there.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell ya'll (that word looks so funny in print) how fantastic it is that there are other people who geek out about construction and development and take all these great pictures. By hanging out on this forum, I've been able to watch the city change from a distance. I'm going straight up the wall with impatience to move back to town. I finished grad school in May, but I chose the worst possible time to get a master's degree in journalism, so the job situation is not pretty. I've been scraping by on temp work at law firms since June, but one of the things I hate about DC is that it's so expensive to live here that you can't afford to leave. (My apartment: 521 sq ft, $860/month).
Unless something changes, I should finally be out of here in about six weeks, though. I can't wait! I miss Atlanta SO much.