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Real Estate, Restaurants and the Delicious ‘Bitter’ — A Reader Shares His Favorite Local Blogs

A reader sent this handy list of Atlanta blogs he reads daily. I liked it so much that I want to share it — and ask you to let me know about other good blogs or social media accounts in and around metro Atlanta, or your own hometown. Shoot an email or leave a comment! Thanks.

Blog Name URL Notes
Curbed Atlanta http://atlanta.curbed.com/ Great real estate general interest site. Syndicate of the national site, but very up on development news and events in the community.
Eater Atlanta http://atlanta.eater.com/ Curbed’s sister site. Very good for restaurant openings, etc. Eater 38 directory is my go-to for restaurant recommendations to friends.
Architecture Tourist http://architecturetourist.blogspot.com/ This is probably my favorite site. He’s a great writer with an excellent eye. While his focus is ostensibly about  buildings and architecture, many times he makes poignant commentary on Atlanta, its history and its challenges and opportunities.
ATL Urbanist http://atlurbanist.tumblr.com/ Always worth a look and I love his commitment to and advocacy of downtown.
Sidewalk Radio http://sidewalkradio.com/ This is a podcast that also has a website cultivated by Gene Kansas, a local developer/broker focused on pedestrian-scale commercial  real estate.
Bitter Southerner http://bittersoutherner.com/ This is an online magazine founded and edited by a friend, Chuck Reece. Great stories about the new/developing/emerging/blossoming South. Really excellent writing.
Creative Loafing – Fresh Loaf http://clatl.com/blogs/freshloaf/ This is Creative Loafing’s news blog. While their slant is a little predictable, their coverage is generally excellent. Thomas Wheatley, their editor, is great – finds time and space for issues that otherwise completely uncovered.
Arts ATL http://www.artsatl.com/ Good arts news and events. I love their local architecture critiques.
Atlanta Reddit Page http://www.reddit.com/r/Atlanta/ Read primarily for the comments – although a little scatter-brained (as you would expect) sometimes the insights into living in Atlanta can make it worth it.
Atlanta Time Machine http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/ Actually I changed my mind, this is my favorite. It’s not update much as he was run over in a tragic accident a few months ago… read more about it on the Atlanta Reddit page. WARNING – BLACK HOLE OF TIME – I could literally spend a whole day on this website.
Midtown Archive http://themidtownarchive.tumblr.com/ Great but rarely updated site. Still, I love what he is able to find.
What Now Atlanta? http://www.whatnowatlanta.com/ Restaurant and retail openings and closings by sassy gay boy. Oh – and failing restaurant inspections!

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4 Tips for the Atlanta BeltLine from Top Journalists

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The BeltLine, one of the country’s most ambitious urban renewal projects, rises above North Avenue here.

The Atlanta BeltLine got some free advice from five journalists talking to a roomful of public relations professionals this morning.

  1. The BeltLine could become the biggest thing to happen to the city since the 1996 Olympics – bigger than the Games, maybe, since it will be permanent.
  2. The BeltLine might be too popular (crowded) for its own good.
  3. But residents are still going to be worried about security at night.
  4. And, finally, BeltLine neighbor Kroger “should just own (the nickname) ‘Murder Kroger.’”

The forum at the Mandarin Hotel in Buckhead was put on by The Wilbert Group, a PR agency owned by two of my former colleagues at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tony and Caroline Wilbert. Another, ex-AJC Business editor Mark Braykovich, further shows the agency’s deep roots in news. The AJC’s senior managing editor, Bert Roughton, was on the panel, along with:

  • Melissa Long of 11 Alive TV News
  • Steve Fennessy, editor of Atlanta magazine
  • Richard Fausset, Atlanta correspondent for The New York Times
  • Anita Sharpe, Atlanta bureau chief at Bloomberg

Topics included top stories of the year, the upcoming elections, commercial real estate and more. Other highlights tweeted live from the audience included:

@SavannahBDuncan The @AtlantaBeltLine is an important project but security is a concern says @MelissaLong

@HadleyHCreek The Atlanta beltline has been huge in attracting companies and people back to the city core – @BloombergNews Anita Sharpe

@lianamoran “Younger people want a walking city” – @BloombergNews on the @AtlantaBeltLine

@CarolineWilbert “What is the big thought? That is always the question from New York Times.” — NYT bureau chief

@adahatzios Panel agrees that commercial real estate is back…more cranes in town, urban centers growing in places like Roswell & Woodstock

@conorsen  Atlanta, with no natural boundaries, is defined by [transportation infrastructure and] commercial real estate.

@JBryantFisher Will the new Buckhead work? #ATL‘s top newsies debate the new feel of a city grappling with transportation cramps. #coveringatlanta

@MaryJaneCredeur Surprised by how many young business professionals say they plan to vote for @carter4governor. -Anita Sharpe, Bloomberg.

@AR__PR  .@MelissaLong says you can get just as much traction from an online story as one on the air. #coveringatlanta

And here’s The Wilbert Group’s nice SlideShare about the event. Good stuff for anyone interested in news and its coverage in our city.


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