Blue Atlanta Attracting Investment Away From Red Georgia

For 25 years, a near-vacant Sears, Roebuck & Co. building symbolized what the rest of Georgia hated about the city that dominates its economy. Owned by the Atlanta government, it was seen as scruffy, wasteful and unsafe.

No more.

Today, a landscaped corridor called the BeltLine carries bikes where the homeless had once set up camp across the road. The nine-story structure is reopening this year as one of the city?s hottest residential and commercial projects. It?s part of a rush of jobs to pedestrian and transit-friendly sections of Atlanta, mirroring developments in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and Portland, Oregon.

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