Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2012’

  • APJ Morning Links 8.7.12

    Cities can benefit from a lean start-up as much as companies can.

    No need to go to Silicon Valley, Atlanta is a great city for technology.

    Atlanta Beltline is still in the works, even with big financial setbacks.

    Often overlooked, mobile home parks are great investments.

    A satellite view of cities shows just how much growth has happened in the last 10 years.

  • APJ Morning Links 8.7.12

    Is there a link between the appearance of a building and economics of the building?

    While a few large cities are seeing some positive activity, most cities are still trying to climb out of the real estate wreckage.

    In landscaping, everything counts. Slope can affect the walkability, or walk appeal, of any landscaped area.

    John Williams, founder of Post Properties, is looking to sell more than 3,000 apartments.

    Online vs Brick and Mortar: Who wins in the retail war?

  • APJ Morning Links 8.3.12

    Technology replaces humans in many tasks. The newest technology includes a printer that can build a house.

    What is the next step for Atlanta congestion?

    Now that Brookhaven is a city, YES and NO groups need to work together.

    There is no one path to real estate success.

    Urban Intelligence begins a month long journey exploring how to attract and retain investment in cities.

  • We Built This City on Eth-nic Foooooooood!


    So Brookhaven’s a city.

    And now I live in the suburbs again. Dang it.

    Oh well.

    Now it’s time to see how a city is built. I have a few friends and neighbors who were heavily involved in the creation of the new city and I will be working with them over the next few months to figure out how this whole shin-dig is going to play out.

    I see from the BrookhavenYes site, that the city begins operation on December 17th of this year. Presumably there is a ton of work to be done when trying to create a new government from scratch.

    Between now and then, I have a few questions that I would like to have addressed:

    What about the budget? Who makes it? Who approves it? How is it balanced?

    What about taxes? I’m told that they will be low (3.35 mils), but why do we think we can run a government with lower tax revenue than any other government?

    What about the big three? Atlanta’s three biggest problems are transportation, water, and education. What are we doing as a new city to address those?

    Where will town hall be? Where will any of the Brookhaven government buildings be?

    What is the election structure? Who are we electing and when do we elect them to plan this party?

    When do all these new policemen start patrolling?

    What about zoning? I’m familiar with the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District and its zoning requirements, but what will this new animal want in new developments?

    A decent resource for new residents of Brookhaven

    While you ponder those vexing queries, here are a few resources for you to conduct your own research.

    Brookhaven Yes FAQs

    Brookhaven Map

    Google Map of Brookhaven

    Brookhaven Yes Board (J Max Davis seems to have all the quotes)

    Brookhaven’s Wikipedia Page

    AJC article on the challenges facing the new city


    What do you think about the new city? Are you optimistic, pessimistic, legalistic, masochistic? Do you have any more resources? If so, please share them in the comments.

    – Duke

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  • APJ Morning Links 8.2.12

    Brookhaven will now become it’s own city. The first step is to figure out the infrastructure.

    Brookhaven has a lot to do before becoming a city on Dec. 17, 2012.

    Now that T-SPLOST has failed, what is Plan B?

    The second half of 2012 is not without worry for the top CRE firms.

    If you are looking for funding, here are 10 things that will kill your CRE Deal.

  • When I grow up, I want to be Jordyn Wieber

     “It’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce that counts” -Zig Ziglar

    Fine. I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to the Olympics.

    I LOVE watching our country compete in anything and the Olympics create this unique, high-tension environment where everyone is watching and Gold is on the line.

    Say what you want abut NBC, they are dominating my DVR right now. (I recorded the weight-lifting championships yesterday!)

    I even get into Women’s Gymnastics.


    I’m a 27-year-old, testosterone-filled meat-head and I like watching our girls flip around on balance beam, uneven bars, vault, and floor routine. Don’t judge me. Blame it on Kerri Strugg. I was 12 when she stuck that vault in ’96 a few miles away from where I was sitting. I’ve watched ever since.

    So, it should come as no surprise that I was watching this past weekend and I was watching last night when our girls, the so-called Fab Five, were competing. I’m not a sports reporter and I know a little-more-than-nothing about Gymnastics (I’m 6 foot freaking 7), so I will leave the details and superlatives to the experts.

    What I do know is courage and toughness.

    It’s the double-edged sword of sports that we can see the best and worst about us. You can know some of the most extreme highs and intense lows through competition, and sometimes they happen in the same week.

    Enter Jordyn Wieber.

    Wieber, as I am told, is the defending world champion in the individual competition. In my basic understanding of the sport, that means she is the best all-around gymnast on the planet.

    In the Olympics, girls compete on the team level and individual level. Their qualifying scores from this weekend determined who would qualify for the individual finals and which teams would qualify for the team finals. Through a quirk of the Olympic rules, only two girls from any one country can qualify for the individual finals. So, even if the U.S. has 4 of the top 5 gymnasts on the planet (which I am told is true this year) only two of the four can qualify for the individual finals in the Olympics.

    Again, I will leave the drama and sportscasting to the pros, but Wieber ended up placing third or fourth of all girls and two other Americans placed ahead of her.

    The reigning world champion did not qualify for the individual finals.

    NBC made sure to get a ton of close-ups of her sobbing into her hands as soon as she learned she wouldn’t qualify and in one particularly torturous shot they showed the U.S. teammate that beat her in the foreground as she was crying in the background. (Sometimes I think you have no soul, NBC.)

    But Wieber’s Olympics weren’t over. She still needed to compete for the team title for the U.S.

    Long story short, she did so last night and led our girls to their first gold medal since the aforementioned Strugg killed it in ’96. She was terrific. She was the team leader and maybe the best performer in the gym last night in London. Knowing that all personal accolades were gone and any individual medals were hopeless, she still went out and crushed it and led our country to a gold medal.

    Cool story. Queue the epic music. Wave the flag. And so on.

    Yeah, I was proud of her and proud of my country. But more than that, I was motivated. Whatever Wieber has inside of her, I want that.

    You may wonder what Olympics gymnastics has to do with commercial property in Atlanta.

    Well, you may have noticed that the last 5 or so years in our economy haven’t been so great. We aren’t exactly sailing smoothly. Some of the greatest names in our business in the last 20 years have retired, gone bankrupt, or just folded and drifted away.

    We are an industry that literally built the city of Atlanta. Yeah, we have Coke, Home Depot, UPS, and some other cool businesses here. But, at our heart, we are a commercial real estate city. We led all major U.S. cities in growth over the last 10 years (prior to ’08-’09).

    Our industry was home to the leaders and innovators in a great city heading for great things.

    Then 2008 came along. We got hit. We got black eyes. We lost momentum, time, and money.We lost chances at greatness. No doubt about it.

    But if little Jordyn Wieber can find the strength and courage to do what she did last night, why can’t we?

    Ours is a city filled with brilliant and talented people who have all been hurt by this Great Recession. Some of us have wanted to sulk into a corner and cry (and some of us have).

    But, you know what?

    The sun came up this morning. Today is a new day. Tomorrow is full of promise.

    And we still have something worth fighting for.

    This is a great city with a bright future and I’m excited to see where we can go. We have our issues to work out and demons to overcome, but we can be great and we just need another chance to show it.

    Maybe you went bankrupt. Maybe you damaged your reputation. Maybe some great relationships have come to an end. Maybe you lost your life savings. Maybe some dreams died.

    Cry. Get upset. Get angry.

    And then move on.

    We have some great things we still need to do around here, and our teammates need us to step up.

    So, here is a toast to Jordyn Wieber and a toast to all of us. She showed us what we all need to do after a crushing blow. Move on, keep competing, and act like the best.

    Do that . . . and greatness will never be far away.

    Thanks Jordyn.

    – Duke

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  • APJ Morning Links 8.01.12

    Real estate marketing technology can make listing your properties even easier. Imprev Inc. offers a new video-creation tool.

    In order for strip malls to attract more customers, design and appeal are becoming more important. Here are 5 ways to reinvent the strip mall.

    T-SPLOST votes are in and the vote was a resounding NO! What does this mean for Atlanta congestion?

    Suburban sprawl is not working in reverse. What does this mean for commercial real estate and retailers?

    Evernote proves to be a useful app for real estate. Here are 50 ways to use Evernote.

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