ATLANTA—This is the time of the year when you see a lot ofpredictions roll in about the next 12 months. I've been talkingwith a lot of folks about what they expect to see happen in2015.

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As part of a series of exclusive interviews, one of the marketexperts I asked was Brian Leary, president ofCrescent Communities' commercial and mixed-usegroup. He is zeroing in on Atlanta and tells us the metro is“extremely unique” and perhaps even a “national anomaly.”

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What justifies these descriptors? Atlanta opens three majorretail destinations in the span of 12 months inBuckhead Atlanta, Avalon and Ponce City Market—all mixed-use, hesays, and all designed and constructed to the highest degree.

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“These will all be very well received and will experience thetype of traffic that will see back-ups blocks away as people flockto an experience very rarely delivered in the Atlanta region butfor Atlantic Station, Midtown, Decatur. and the Vinings,” Learysays. “Low gas prices will give everyone a little extra consumerconfidence heading into the holidays, which will most likelyprovide some much-needed tailwinds for 2015.

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If you want to read earlier articles in this series, check out:Is Now the Time to Develop in Atlanta?; How the Internet Changed Atlanta Industrial; and This Employment Trend Could Cause Trouble.

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