Before we bid adieu to 2022, it’s time for a quick look back at substantial construction projects that have changed neighborhoods across Atlanta this year.

Below is a selection of 15 photos pulled from Urbanize photo essays and drone tours throughout 2022 that (hopefully) lent fresh perspectives on this ever-changing boomtown. No boarding pass required.  


Eastside viewpoint  

^ We begin over the eastside development darling that is Reynoldstown, where the clear skies of September allowed for fresh perspectives showing the scope of the Empire Stein Steel project, which is replacing a century-old steel plant.   


Midtown's glassy rise 

^ This summertime drone tour helped illustrate how Midtown's construction trends in recent years have created more density and helped bridge the gap between the subdistrict's southern blocks and downtown.  


Brookhaven's changing village

 ^ This autumn photo tour showed the scope of the Solis Dresden Village project in Brookhaven's commercial core—and how it all relates to central Buckhead just beyond the trees. 


Howell Mill Road's metamorphosis  

The view across the Star Metals District and Georgia Tech to Midtown and downtown. Photography by Jeremiah Cowan; courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture

^ Back in January, we took stock of substantial new investments (to the tune of $1 billion) that have transformed the Howell Mill Road corridor from parking lots, underused industrial facilities, and a junkyard to a place—for better or worse—where $1-million townhomes were in hot demand. 


Melding of old and new 

^ This October photo tour, captured at sunset over the BeltLine's Eastside Trail, illustrated Atlanta's juxtaposition of one very old structure—the circa-1906 Old Fourth Ward water tower, which once used a 100,000-gallon water tank to provide a gravity-based sprinkler system to factories down below—and newer high-rise and townhome development. 


Post-Braves Summerhill  

^ Ironically or not, investment in Summerhill has exploded since Atlanta's MLB franchise uprooted to the 'burbs, as this late-September photo tour documents.  


O4W's sprouting megaproject

It's easy to lose perspective of change when it happens so fast. But check out vertical construction progress on New City Properties' massive Fourth Ward project (first phase) between April in the first photo below, and November in the second: 

Courtesy of @build_atlanta


Midtown's flock of cranes 

This Midtown tour from August illustrated the absurd amount of vertical construction taking place near one intersection, where Spring Street meets 10th Street.

Six construction cranes stood in surrounding blocks this past summer. (Projects underway include, from left, the two-tower Momentum Midtown; at top, the Whistler student apartment high-rise; Hub Atlanta, another student-housing venture; and at bottom right, the Portman company's two-tower Spring Quarter development.)  


Perimeter's boom 

^ Titanic construction projects aren't exclusively an intown thing, as this aerial tour of GID Development Group's High Street project proved in Dunwoody. The "cosmopolitan oasis” is coming together alongside MARTA at Central Perimeter.

The grand, $2-billion plan for High Street calls for eventually transforming the equivalent of 10 city blocks, or 36 acres. 


The Atlanta BeltLine effect

^ As this October photo shows, almost no parcels have been left unchanged in recent years where the BeltLine's Eastside Trail stitched together Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park near Krog Street Market. 


Mini Manhattan? 

^ This was another look at construction in Midtown's northern blocks near 10th and Spring streets, as shown later in 2022, with Buckhead in the distance. 


Ponce City Market's growth spurt 

Signal House in November 2022.

^ PCM's first ground-up new high-rise topped out this fall, lending the BeltLine a more High Line feel at North Avenue. A second 21-story building on the flipside of PCM is rising now. 


Westside ... best side? 

^ Last but not least, there's just something cool about how Midtown and downtown peek over new construction from this Westside vantage point. In the foreground is Third & Urban and FCP's Westside Paper project, which is forecasting a momentous 2023 on the horizon, in terms of tenant openings. 

Aerial tours (Urbanize Atlanta)