First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk

Date: Now- 2/2011

http://www.atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=5399

Event Description

This is the perfect opportunity to experience Atlanta’s art scene inside and out! Take a self-guided tour of galleries, with no beginning or ending point, and move at your own pace as you soak up some fabulous contemporary Southern art. With its growth, First Thursdays has become more than just an arts walk. It’s an event where singles can meet, business people can unwind, and couples can enjoy the beauty of downtown Atlanta’s landscape.

Labor Day Lane Closures!!

Connector Labor Day Lane Closures

Georgia DOT will continue work on the 14th Street Bridge Improvement project during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Multiple lane closures will be in place; anticipate significant delays on I-75/I-85 (the Downtown Connector) southbound throughout the weekend. North of the Brookwood Split,     I-85 SB will be reduced to two lanes and I-75 SB to one lane.  Six lanes will be open south of 10th Street.

Normally, Georgia DOT suspends holiday weekend work; however, this complex phase can be completed in 72 continuous work hours.  The alternative is to have these same lane closures for six consecutive two-day weekends. (In the event of inclement weather on Labor Day weekend, the lane reductions will take place the following six weekends.)    

Georgia DOT encourages north-to-sound end travelers to utilize I-285. Area residents heading for events Downtown are encouraged to use I-285 and I-20, or take MARTA. Visit www.dot.ga.gov for more project information. Dial 511 from your cellular phones for traffic updates.  

 We thank you in advance for your help. Please feel free to contact me for additional information if needed.       

Melany Reynolds

Public Affairs Project Manager

Georgia Department of Transportation

(404) 463-6461 office

(404) 463-6453 fax

Big-City Home Prices Are Faring Well

America’s largest downtowns have become some of the best places to hide during the housing downturn. Here’s a rundown of home-pricing trends in the central core of a sampling of the country’s largest cities:

  • Chicago The city’s prized Gold Coast neighborhood had record sales prices in the last year, but bargains abound in the city’s periphery. In Bronzeville, a gentrifying community, prices have dropped to as low as $85,000. Chicago’s desirable North Shore suburbs are continuing to do well: Prices are up, though sales volume has declined.
  • New York Manhattan neighborhoods like SoHo, the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side are all up in the last year. Brooklyn is also holding up well. Meanwhile, sales in New Jersey and Connecticut commuter suburbs are down 8 percent from the peak in mid-2006.
  • Boston Prices in the core part of the city are flat or slightly higher over the past year, though sales are taking longer. However, Condo prices in suburban Brookline, one of the most desirable neighborhoods, are down about 7 percent. City neighborhoods like Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury are up about the same amount.
  • San Francisco Prices are up strongly in the city’s favorite neighborhoods, including the Financial District, Telegraph Hill and Russian Hill. Distant suburbs have weakened. Sales in Alameda and Contra Costa, across San Francisco Bay, are down 18 percent and 27 percent respectively.
  • Los Angeles Without an active downtown residential core, L.A. is an anomaly, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are down sharply. Lower-priced homes in Palm Springs have lost about 24 percent of their value. Less-affluent cities like Ontario and Chino are down between 15 per cent and 31 percent. But prices are up in posh areas like Brentwood, Westwood, and the Hollywood Hills

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Jeff D. Opdyke 05/20/