Entries by Maria Saporta

Making Atlanta proud – Purpose Built Communities


Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities is gaining traction with a $6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a total of seven new community members in its network.

Those two significant developments were announced at Purpose Built Communities 10th annual conference, meeting in Atlanta Monday through Wednesday at the Loew’s Atlanta Hotel in Midtown.

Blank Foundation gives BeltLine largest gift ever for Bellwood Quarry park


The Atlanta BeltLine and the proposed Westside Park at the Bellwood Quarry received major boosts Tuesday morning with the announcement that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $17.5 million grant for the project.

The Blank grant will accelerate the development of parks and trails along the 22-mile circular corridor – especially on the Westside.

Tyler Perry: 'Absolutely no interest' in buying more Fort Mac land


Atlanta film mogul Tyler Perry is not interested in owning any more land at the former Fort McPherson than the 330 acres he currently has.

Perry offered those comments in a telephone interview Monday evening after the board of Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority voted to approve the sale of the former U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) building to Easterly Government Properties (NYSE: DEA) for $17 million.

Leadership Atlanta 2020 – the 50th anniversary class


I have joined a cult – in the best sense of the word.

This past weekend, I attended the opening retreat of Leadership Atlanta’s 2020 class, and I will add the mandatory – best class ever.

Our weekend experience has shifted my whole attitude about my decision to apply and participate in this nine-month-long adventure – from trepidation to excitement.

Architect Alex Garvin reflects on Atlanta and the BeltLine


It’s hard to pigeon-hole Alex Garvin. Yes, he’s an architect. But he’s also a professor, an author, a public servant, an urbanist, a visionary and someone who has had a major impact on Atlanta.

Garvin was in Atlanta last week to give a talk Aug. 15 at a luncheon organized by Central Atlanta Progress and the Urban Land Institute –Atlanta