Josh Lindenbaum, Curbed Atlanta

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If you haven’t visited Curbed Atlanta yet, you should do so immediately.  Once you’ve spent a minute or two taking it in, you should bookmark it.  Return and read often- you’ll be smarter for it.

Clearly, I like this website. So I was absolutely thrilled that its Editor, Josh Lindenbaum, took a few minutes to share some advice for the mayor, Atlanta dining tips, and real estate crystal ball reading…


Q. Crystal ball time- ten years from now, the most dramatically changed neighborhood in Atlanta will be…

A. Poncey-Highland / Old 4th Ward. Between The Beltline (and the private investment that’s already tracking it there) and the Atlanta Steetcar, huge transformation is under way.

Q. Mayor for the day- what’s on the agenda?

A. Expend significant political capital pressing for T-SPLOST to be passed. Buy 50% of the surface parking lots in the Midtown-downtown corridor and redevelop them into parks ringed with space for pocket retail and food/beverage businesses. Find some money to jump start local entrepreneurship in the downtown corridor, with Underground Atlanta converted into a new art & (local) restaurant district as the focal point. Convene a meeting with leaders from around the state and make a killer-app presentation illustrating in clear terms, once and for all, that what is good for Atlanta is truly good for the entire state.

Q. One day to eat your way through Atlanta- where are you going, and what are you ordering?

A.  Jalapeno & bacon biscuit at Empire State South. Handmade marshmallow at Cacao. The Duck Mi sandwich at Muss & Turners. A cappuccino at Octane. Wild boar prosciutto at Star Provisions. Eggplant fries at Rathbun’s. Frisee Aux Lardons salad at Bistro Niko. Something with foie gras at Bacchanalia. Vegetable plate at Restaurant Eugene. Pommes frites at Leon’s Full Service. A salad selection from Metro Fresh. Pizza Diavola at Antico. Slice of Red Velvet cake from Piece of Cake. French press of Dancing Goats coffee from Batdorf Bronson. If I didn’t keel over, all to be followed by 48 straight hours of water and exercise.

Q. Favorite neighborhoods?

A. Virginia Highland, Candler Park, Garden Hills.

Q. What’s Curbed Atlanta, and why is it a “must read”?

A. Curbed Atlanta is an electronic magazine that combines information and commentary about Atlanta real estate, neighborhoods, architecture and the trends (economic, demographic, social) that affect these subjects areas on a macro scale. Taken together and presented in our editorial voice, we believe the site provides an easily-digested snapshot of Atlanta that’s a valuable resource folks working in the Atlanta real estate industries, as well as any businessperson operating in the Atlanta area.  We also strive to be an essential daily read for generally curious Atlantans.

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.