Buckhead booster Sam Massell says economic good times are returning to the area he describes as “Georgia’s ‘address of choice.’”

“I predicted last year, and the year before that and the one previous to it, that the recession in which our country found itself was turning, and Buckhead would be in the forefront of recovery,” Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, told members of the Buckhead Business Association on Feb. 24. “And now we can see it happen and we can rejoice in unison.”

Massell, a former Atlanta mayor, cited recent newspaper headlines as evidence that the economy was picking up. “You would be hard pressed to find one – that’s right, one – favorable headline that ran during the past three years, so it tells us something, doesn’t it?” Massell said.

He cited recent announcements of new office and residential projects and the announcement that a California developer planned to take over The Streets of Buckhead project, a stalled high-end retail development, as evidence development was bouncing back.

“This is announcing loud and clear: the recession is over… so now it’s time to get on board for another forward march of this community,” he said.

Massell encouraged his audience to buy Buckhead property.

“As I constantly tell you, ‘buy a bit of Buckhead and take care of it now and it will take care of you later,’ Massell said. “Mark my words.”

–Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.