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18 things Atlantans can look forward to in 2018

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Prepare for an eventful year across the ATL development, entertainment, and commercial landscapes.

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Now that The Peach has dropped, the mayoral guard has changed, and a fresh calendar is upon us, it’s time to glance ahead at what’s forecasted to be an interesting year around here.

One thing’s for sure: From cultural and economic standpoints, Atlanta will be anything but stagnant in the New Year. Fans of quiet, idle, predictable cities had better hightail to the interstate.

Below, find 18 sure bets, bold proclamations, and mildly informed predictions for newborn 2018:

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1. The juggernaut that is Atlanta United resumes play at The Benz surprisingly soon

In a little more than two months (March 11), Five Stripes mania returns to the ATL. The recently released 2018 schedule is here.

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2. Buckhead’s PATH400 will carve out a crucial mile in ’18

As the recent recipient of $12.66 million in fresh funds, Buckhead’s PATH400 trail (above) is expected to begin construction this month on a one-mile segment from Miami Circle to the back of Lenox Square. Why’s that a big deal? By way of a spur trail being built by the Buckhead Community Improvement District, this PATH400 piece will be a critical link to mass transit.

3. Kendrick Lamar will pulverize Centennial Olympic Park

Have you seen his performances at the Grammys? Or at Music Midtown in 2013? Yeah, that. For free. On Monday. At halftime.

4. Atlanta Streets Alive will debut a route on freakin’ DeKalb Avenue

That’s right. ASA is taking its street-closure, pedestrian-friendly talents on April 8 to a brand-new eastside route: 4.4 miles of Atlanta’s notorious, pothole-ridden drag strip.

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5. A more contiguous Eastside Trail will draw nigh

The Beltline-spanning “Edge” project by North American Properties should near its finish line in 2018 (opening by spring 2019, per early construction timelines).

It’ll be followed by a more contiguous Beltline experience and what could be the largest single injection of patio vibrancy with trail frontage to date. Also exciting: 30 percent of residences here are reserved as affordable workforce housing, though it remains to be seen exactly what that means.

6. The former Turner Field shall rock

Foo Fighters have been tapped to melt eardrums for the first concert at Georgia State Stadium since its transformation from The Ted. It happens April 28, same weekend as the 47th annual Inman Park Festival.

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7. Brews with a view

The Common Ground retail piece overlooking Historic Fourth Ward Park (with almost-ready New Realm Brewing up top) should come together in early ’18, filling a void that’d been the backside of a warehouse.

8. Westside’s adaptive-reuse Stockyards should start to come into its own

Following The Painted Duck’s opening this month, the future’s bright out west.

9. lilli in Midtown will open

Once finished, this visually intriguing stack of apartments near the Fox Theatre should instantly lift the bar for Atlanta’s multifamily design. Developer Jarel Portman of JPX Works says the first eight floors will be ready for move-ins by mid-February, with the rest of the tower debuting June 1.

10. Taylor Swift will take The Benz for two nights in August, breaking high-pitched decibel records

Due to overwhelming demand, a second consecutive concert for Swifties was added. About $140 gets you in the door.

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11. At long last, Pullman Yard’s redevelopment should begin

2018 promises to be the beginning of ... well, the next beginning for the largest undeveloped slice of land on Atlanta’s eastside.

Pullman Yard owner Adam Rosentfelt, head of development and film production group Atomic Entertainment, anticipates construction to launch by June on what’s planned to be a roughly $200-million, mixed-use hub unlike anything Atlanta’s seen (think: Hollywood meets boutique hotel meets PCM).

Rosenfelt tells Curbed Atlanta this week that former Mayor Kasim Reed formalized a Pratt-Pullman landmark district on Nov. 29, green-lighting redevelopment.

The new Grant Park Market.
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12. Larkin on Memorial should begin to blossom

The metamorphosis of Memorial Drive will continue in a highly visible way as Paces Properties’ Larkin on Memorial project fleshes out with tenants, the first of which (Squash Blossom) opened on Nov. 10. Much more on tap.

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13. Fewer roads will succumb to catastrophic failure

Good riddance to 2017’s Interstate 85 meltdown, Midtown’s voracious mega sinkhole (above), and I-20’s improbable buckling.

14. West End will be a noble (repeat) Curbed Cup champion

Despite recent, impassioned pushback against change (read: gentrification), West End will prove why its adept at snatching trophies that aren’t real from the clutches of other inspired neighborhoods. The Lee+White redevelopment, as just one example, will soon be maturing beyond booze and pickles, as the United Way claims a large, former warehouse space.

15. East Atlanta Village will experience a mini-revival

Nobody’s calling the EAV moribund, but a brick-and-mortar bagel joint and forthcoming pasta-cocktails concept from descendants of Ford Fry’s empire probably spells good things for a village that’s been pockmarked by a few vacancies of late.

16. Old Fourth Ward will unfortunately see its first $2-million home listing

Hey, at this rate, it could happen ...

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17. MARTA’s first transit-oriented development will exist

In Edgewood, leasing quietly launched this month for studio, one, and two-bedroom rentals on the grave of an underused MARTA parking lot.

Spoke, as the transit agency’s first TOD project to launch is called, is seeking “true urbanist souls” who appreciate transit-connected lifestyles. High five.

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18. The Lower-Central Southeastern Side will be a thing

Envious of “Upper Westside” momentum, and buoyed by buzz about a new local beer factory and commercial revival, Summerhill and Peoplestown will band together in 2018 to market themselves as the “Lower-Central Southeastern Side.”

Or maybe not.