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.
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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