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GM Plant May Be Closer to New Life, Using Social Media to Screen Potential Neighbors, More

All the latest neighborhood and real estate news from Curbed Atlanta.

[A view of the shuttered GM Assembly plant in Doraville over the railroad tracks, with the frontage road and I-285 to the right. Image via activerain.]

Doraville— The emptiness that is the massive (closed) GM plant- gazed-upon by hundreds of thousands of I-285 motorists everyday- may be closer to a new life. A new round of developers are interested in acquiring the site to transform it into a mixed-use paradise. And the feds are here to help!

Clayton— Only on the local news...the local CBS affiliate broadcast the story of a family victimized by a rogue Prudential real estate agent, whose strategies have included breaking into a home to show (and assumably sell) it. Among the problems here: the house was not for sale.

Everywhere— One of our resident Deep Thinkers contemplates the effects of folks using social media to screen potential neighbors as they search for a home. And while a casual, completely non-scientific poll we conducted shows that a majority of Atlantans would prefer to live in a Truck Nutz-less 'hood, nothing less than healthy diversity in our society is at stake.

Midtown— We took a look at the new park being created in Midtown. Thanks to the largesse of Atlanta-based real estate developer/investor Jamestown, the Midtown Alliance and the John Marshall Law School, a couple of old, dilapidated structures are being torn down to create a "pop-up pocket" park to be anchored by a big old magnolia tree that's being preserved. Pack a picnic.

House of the Week— We got a little excited about a dreamy, green-built neo-craftsman in Candler Park. If you like idyllic walks, lots of greenspace, proximity to (among many other things) excellent BBQ and extraordinarily comfortable-looking houses, this 5 bed, 5.5 bath may be for you. If you have $875,000 to spend.