Next time you're telling out-of-town friends how Atlanta is changing, blowing up, or just isn't what it used to be (for better or worse), you can use this photo essay as Exhibit A to drive that point home. 

We've teamed up with our pals at Build_Atlanta (follow their aerial work on Instagram right here) to compile an expansive update on major Atlanta developments from a drone's perspective, ranging from the historic streets of downtown to the tree-canopied upper reaches of Buckhead.  

It's a remarkable amount of recent construction activity to take in—but only a fraction of what's proposed, in permitting, or finishing on a smaller scale across the city. Please fasten your safety belts and enjoy the flight:

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BUCKHEAD 

We begin in the northern reaches of Buckhead's business district, where Mill Creek Residential's multifaceted Modera Prominence project has transformed the intersection of Lenox and Piedmont Roads, near Ga. Highway 400: 

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The Heartis Buckhead project has risen over Peachtree Road, promising one of the country’s most “sumptuous” senior communities:

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Florida developer Kolter Urban's first foray into Atlanta real estate is the new Graydon Buckhead building, where a penthouse covering the entire top floor is going for $8.5 million—with a sale pending: 

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Three years after Robert De Niro swung a sledgehammer at the groundbreaking, upscale mall Phipps Plaza's expansion has recently topped out: 

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JLB Residential’s 13-story 99 West Paces Ferry apartments are slated to open this summer:

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MIDTOWN 

Heading south into Midtown, we find the three-tower Midtown Union development undergoing finishing exterior touches, including a poignant combo of large street murals

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Greystar's 1382 Peachtree Street building continues to stack up. It'll eventually offer 282 apartments with street-level retail in 33 stories: 

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Next to Midtown's famous Cheetah strip club, Austin-based developer Lincoln Ventures is building a 26-story student housing tower in the 800 block of Spring Street: 

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Hanover Company is going vertical on a 31-story apartment tower that will overlook MARTA’s Arts Center station in the 1200 block of West Peachtree:

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Having claimed a surface parking lot, the Winship at Emory Midtown medical facility is expected to cost nearly a half-billion dollars: 

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Chicago-based CA Ventures' latest Atlanta tower topped out at 33 stories earlier this year. Expect it to deliver 427 more apartments on Peachtree:  

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On diagonal corners of the same Midtown block, where Spring Street meets 10th Street, Portman Holdings is now officially under construction on two different high-rises:  

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Following a depths-of-pandemic redesign, the expansion of Savannah College of Art and Design's campus is expected to add nearly 1,000 student beds in Midtown's northern blocks: 

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The 33-story Society Atlanta building, by national developer PMG, is beginning to push dirt at 811 Peachtree Street: 

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This two-pronged project—339 Novel Midtown apartments and 14th + Spring offices—has taken shape along the downtown Connector expressway: 

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The base levels of Toll Brothers' 36-story Momentum Midtown tower are starting to come together: 

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Developer Core Spaces' Hub Atlanta project will include about 800 student beds in 19 stories:  

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Our last stop in Midtown is the topped-out Hadley project, described by developer StreetLights Residential as a "breathtaking" building with classical elements meant to complement historic St. Marks United Methodist Church next door:  

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DOWNTOWN

Exteriors have entered the home stretch at the 16-story 505 Courtland building, which replaces a vacant lot where downtown meets Midtown and Old Fourth Ward: 

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Quickly rising a block from downtown's marquee park, on the site of another former parking lot, is the 32-story The Legacy at Centennial tower

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At the cusp of Centennial Olympic Park, the 22-story Margaritaville and Club Wyndham resort tower is prepping for an opening sometime this summer—with no salt around the rim but a pool bar on the 19th floor:

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Atlanta's tallest project underway at the moment, at least in terms of stories, is the world’s first ground-up Signia by Hilton hotel, a 40-story glassy addition to the western edge of downtown, overlooking Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 

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On the eastern fringes of downtown, meanwhile, the ridiculously amenitized Reflection student housing tower is expected to open in time for Georgia State University's fall classes:   

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ELSEWHERE  

In North Druid Hills, the $1.5-billion Arthur M. Blank Hospital at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta continues to climb: 

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The blocks between Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road have been rendered unrecognizable in recent years. The Interlock project's second phase is continuing that trend, just west of Georgia Tech: 

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On the flipside of town, along the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail, Jamestown Properties' 21-story residential tower Signal House continues to ascend beside Ponce City Market: 

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On the northeast corner of Ponce City Market's property, another 21-story residential tower and office building have recently begun: 

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One of Atlanta's most anticipated developments is New City's multifaceted Fourth Ward project, wedged between the BeltLine and Historic Fourth Ward Park. The first phase is expected to start opening for public use later this year: 

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Lastly on this aerial tour of Atlanta's amorphous landscape, we find Capital City Real Estate's The Indie condo project continuing its climb over the BeltLine: 

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