Tag Archives: Atlanta

ATL: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

27 Apr

Source: AJC

• Good: Atlanta ranks among the top 3 cities in the country poised to become one of tomorrow’s tech meccas, according to Forbes. The publication reported that Atlanta’s total tech jobs have grown by 46.7 percent since 2010, which tops the national average by nearly 20 percentage points.

• Bad: Atlanta ranked eighth in the world for traffic congestion with an average annual commute time of 70.8 hours, according to INRIX’s 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard. It also lays claim to the worst traffic bottleneck: the intersection of I-85 and I-285. And all these studies came out before part of 85 collapsed last month!

• Ugly: The ATL ranked as the eighth least attractive city in the country, according to Travel+Leisure magazine. Fear not though, fellow citizens: apparently we graced the most attractive list pretty recently so maybe they caught us on a bad hair day this time around.


 

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Houston, We Have a Problem

28 Feb

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including sports disappointment for me recently. Consider the following heartbreak in Houston, where I lived as a kid:

  • College Cup: Following a scoreless draw with defending champ Stanford in the mid-December NCAA soccer title match, my Wake Forest Demon Deacons had a penalty kick opportunity to take home the trophy, but were denied on two straight attempts as the Cardinal, which did not score a goal during the entire Final Four weekend, successfully defended its crown.
  • Super Bowl: Less than two months later in NRG Stadium in Houston, my Atlanta Falcons somehow relinquished a 28-3 second half lead to the hated Patriots to also lose in overtime. The emotional and psychic wounds from this debacle will hurt for a long, long time. My therapist says I’m doing a lot better though: down to only three to five Big Game what-ifs per day now.
  • NCAA Baseball: As if to confirm the horrid luck in Houston, my baseball Deacs were swept by the University of Houston Cougars to open their season a couple weeks after the Super Bowl.

There is a bright side at least: I’ve gotten five Texas magazine freelance assignments in that stretch. All work and no play make Brian a full boy?

Top 5 Memories at Turner Field

30 Oct

Baseball is about to close down another season, and my Atlanta Braves closed down Turner Field (1997-2016) earlier this month. Time to reflect on so many great sights and sounds through the years at The Ted:

5. (TIE) I am blessed with so many great memories at the erstwhile home of the Braves that it’s hard to narrow them down. How ‘bout a triple play to start off? From a nice vantage point behind home plate, I got to see Mark McGwire pulverize a Greg Maddux pitch into the upper deck beyond left field. Thankfully, it was just a loud (the loudest?) foul ball. I was also in attendance for the introduction of the Hank Aaron Award in 1999 and Tim Hudson’s 200th career win in 2013.

4. The drama turned to delicious delirium on 10-10-10 when Eric Hinske yanked a pinch-hit homer over the right-field wall in the bottom of the 8th to give the Braves a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, which had held the home team hitless through the first five innings. With a solo ticket in the upper deck, I can’t remember hugging and high-fiving so many complete strangers in my life (and I can’t —won’t — remember what occurred to my Braves the very next inning of that game, Bobby Cox’s second to last as Atlanta’s manager.)

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Thanks to Hank!

3. There was no game that 2009 day at Turner Field, but it is one I’ll never forget because I got to go one-on-one with Hank Aaron. This freelance writer, who interviewed the legend in his office overlooking left field, kept thinking that I should be paying for this amazing experience instead of the other way around.

2. May 2, 2012 is a day that will live in ecstasy for this Braves fan. All of the following happened just a few rows in front of me and three buddies, who were perfectly positioned in the Voice of the Braves’ seats: the Braves rallied from a 6-0 deficit against two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, including a grand slam by Brian McCann off the Philadelphia pitching ace; the home team rallied again, this time from four runs down in the 8th inning; and then soon-to-be Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, the ATL legend playing his final season, crushed a two-run, game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th to end an eight-game losing streak against the Phillies and cap off the absolute best non-playoff game I’ve ever attended.

1. It didn’t include any walk-off heroics or meeting a Braves legend, but it was so special. I’d never set foot on the baseball diamond until my sweet girl allowed me access on Girls Scouts Day at the park during the second to last home stand ever at Turner Field. We circled the field with her fellow scouts and then the Braves circled the wagons against the first-place Nationals. The win kept intact my daughter’s all-time undefeated streak at Turner Field (4-0) and started the team on a seven-game win streak and 12-2 finish to the final season there.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Go Tech!

28 Jul

The Capital of the South is teeming with tech. Check it out:

Top 5

Atlanta is the No. 5 city in the nation for tech startups, according to Sungard Availability Services. The average cost per trip, average office price per square foot, tech occupation and startup density were favorable factors for the city.

Top 10

Atlanta ranked 9th out of 50 markets in CBRE’s latest “Scoring Tech Talent” report on the strength of 46.7 percent growth in total tech occupations since 2010.

Top 15

Thanks in large part to its tech momentum, Atlanta maintained the 15th spot nationally in the latest Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Atlanta’s Growth and Growing Pains

30 Jun

Atlanta led the nation in construction cost increases in the last year, according to CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (and my former employer). The city’s 3.8 percent spike more than doubled the national average.

Across the country, year-over-year construction spending during the first four months of 2016 increased 8.7 percent to $334.8 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

On the housing side of the equation, Atlanta magazine asked this week: “Can residential builders keep up with Atlanta’s fast-growing population?” In Brookhaven, with our neighbor’s current house expansion project, the contractor for which was my referral, 40 percent of the houses on our block have been totally redeveloped or expanded (18 and six, respectively) in the last nine years.

 

No Sporting Chance

15 May

Braves_onfireIt is the spring of my sporting discontent. The Atlanta Hawks got swept in the postseason for the second year in a row by LeBron & Company, and my rebuilding Braves are buried in last place. In fact, as mid-May approached the baseball club had the seventh most wins… ON ITS HOME FIELD!

To top off the sporting depression, my favorite player and fellow alum, Tim Duncan, may have just played the last game of his stellar 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs…

You might say that I’m carrying a lot of emotional sports baggage:

  • My college football team hasn’t had a winning season since I became a father. (My oldest daughter turns 8 in the fall.)
  • The Diamond Deacs, my alma mater’s baseball team, haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2007 despite our coach – no lie – donating a kidney to one of his players. Come on, karma!
  • My basketball program, which produced the likes of Duncan and Chris Paul, has gone 75-115 (.395) since 2010 when it fired a coach with a .663 winning percentage.

Hmm, maybe this is the reason my wife let me get a kegerator?!?

I take solace in my daughters’ smiles, long walks (no, not on short piers!) and the occasional relaxed round of golf. And when things seem too bleak, I tell myself: At least I didn’t have a North Carolina Tar Heel April!

They got a name for the winners in the world

I want a name when I lose

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide

Call me Deacon Blues.

— Steely Dan

 

STAT OF THE WEEK: The Big Peach Is Juiced!

4 Feb

ATL_downtown view• Atlanta again has topped the list of the country’s most in-demand moving destinations, according to Penske Truck Leasing Company. It’s the sixth year in a row that Georgia’s capital city has earned top honors, which are based on the compilation of requests for one-way moves in 2015.

• The news comes not long after Atlanta was named No. 1 on the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2016” list and best of “The 10 Best Cities for Web Developers,” the latter “by a huge margin,” according to Sparefoot.

• Also, Atlanta was named a top 5 ‘market to watch’ in “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016,” an annual report put out by the Urban Land Institute and PwC.