In a city and metro built on growth, there's nary a dull year. And 2023 was certainly eventful in all sorts of wonderful, challenging, disappointing, and hilarious ways.

Closing out our third year of coverage, it's time to reflect on what Urbanize Atlanta readers found most interesting across the year that was. The tabulated results could hardly be more random, with topics including high school design, massive highways, woodland trails, Chick-fil-A, and—of course—skyscrapers all making the most-popular cut.   

Without further ado, presented below are our most popular stories of 2023, based on overall number of reads:


No. 10

Heads up, Atlanta: Controversial Chick-fil-A opens this week

When the prospects of a traffic apocalypse on Boulevard caused Atlantans to freak the cluck out.

Rendering of what's considered the O4W Chick-fil-A's "main entrance." Designs by Chick-fil-A, via Midtown Neighbors Association

No. 9

Striking visuals released for towers over Atlanta transit station

Oh, what could have been …

No. 8

Images: Cumming pretty much nailed its new city center

Because walkable, made-from-scratch town centers—when done right—can truly excite.

VantagePoint 3D; Vimeo

No. 7

Photos: South of Atlanta, new high school is architectural marvel

A photo-heavy spotlight of what could be metro Atlanta’s most striking high school building.

More common spaces were implemented into building designs following feedback from students. Photos by John Stinson; courtesy of Perkins & Will

No. 6

Coming to Atlanta's largest greenspace: world-class mountain bike park

Because… yes, please.

No. 5

Permit approved, website launched for Atlanta's tallest new building

When ATL’s biggest skyscraper since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik started getting real.

No. 4

Best OTP Downtown 2023, Championship: Alpharetta vs. Duluth

What a fun, eventful tourney that was: Suburban Smackdown, in honor of March Madness.  

No. 3

Apartment, townhome project with rents from $800s has arrived

Droves of Atlantans are interested in affordable housing—always. Hopefully the city and development chiefs take note.

No. 2

Rapper T.I.'s affordable housing project has officially arrived

Homegrown entertainer + making good on promises + attainable living options = a positive story indeed.

Wingate Companies/Vecino Group

No. 1

Letter to Editor: Why Atlanta should pull for Interstate 14 to be built

Because nothing gets Atlantans revved up like talk of more and more lanes.


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