Sprawl Is Not The Answer

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In yesterday’s post, I listed ten reasons to take the free Atlanta BeltLine tour. Reason number eight, ladies and gentlemen:

Sprawl is not the answer.

So today, I was browsing through my free Atlanta Journal-Constitution (word on the street is that they actually charge you if you pick up the “”paper”” version), and I came across a fantastic piece from Jay Bookman, entitled: The Phenomenon of Sprawl Has Passed Into History. Hmmm.

I didn’t read Bookman’s piece so much as an indictment of all suburbs- clearly, there are many areas outside of The Perimeter with strong real estate markets. The article is more of a matter-of-fact analysis of boom, bust, demographic trends and economic reality. Straight from the source:

Today, if you fly over or drive around the outer suburbs of metro Atlanta, you’ll find tens of thousands of vacant lots, cleared and ready for houses. Many of those empty lots — some complete with paved roads, sewer, water and utilities — will never see development and are destined to be reclaimed by nature, reverting to pasture or forest.

It’s really an excellent read, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it.

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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 ABCNews.com, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.