It's time for our weekly Happy Friday roundup of interesting happenings across Atlanta’s development landscape—and the best reactions of city dwellers to it. Come along for insightful thoughts spanning from swanky Buckhead locales to a quaint new building in Summerhill. 


“It’s amazing to me that developers can earn ‘affordable housing’ credits for units that cost upwards of $1,900 [per month], and with those price points that there still has been so little progress on growing the number of affordable housing units in the city,” commenter Michael confronts the affordability myth, “On fringes of Georgia State University, 25-story building begins ascent

“I literally drive down [Georgia Avenue] to eat and wish I lived right around the corner sometimes … More of this type of development in Atlanta please,” commenter KeAiDeTuZi

“This is great, but it still doesn't take away the sting knowing this could have been done DECADES AGO and wasn’t because too many Black residents lived there. I hate going past Summerhill now,” Stacey Ma Dukes Hopkins (@staceyhopkinsga), via twitter

— Contrasting viewpoints on the revival of Georgia Avenue, “Photos: Newest flank of Summerhill retail succeeds in blending with old

watermark Summerhill's latest retail block, at left. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

“These are definitely not for me, but always glad to see more density in the city,” commenter ATLDweller on multifamily life, “Despite rising prices, Old Fourth Ward townhome build has sold out

“Ritz-Carlton condos is probably the most aesthetically pleasing building in Buckhead. So glad it’s getting another high-rise,” commenter Brent Peabody applauds a ritzy proposal (although we fancy the Sovereign tower more), “Buckhead tower project advances with no new parking planned

Atlas Capital Ventures; designs, Perkins&Will Architects

“This sounds like a great way to repurpose the Underground space, but that’s a lot of new restaurant space in addition to the ‘Canyon’ at Centennial Yards South. I hope all the downtown competition doesn’t harm the Sweet Auburn Market. It does seem like lots of new residents are on the way,” commenter Guest 237 on downtown’s changing landscape, “Underground Atlanta announces 21-stall food hall among first new tenants

“Is Urbanize Atlanta similar to Curbed? We really miss that cast of characters and the snide comments that would follow the articles. I think one project actually got some positive comments from the regulars, lol.” — a prominent builder this week, via email  

Note: The above commentary has been edited in some cases for clarity and length.