I mention regularly that my family lives way out in the south side burbs of Atlanta, in Peachtree City, GA. We love it here. People ask me: “When are you moving in town?” And my answer, at least for the next few years is “We can’t imagine living anywhere else.”
Peachtree City (PTC) is also known as the bubble. Some say it reminds them of Stepford, Connecticut. It’s because PTC is a planned community. Back in the 60′s and 70′s, some ambitious entrepreneurs recognized that there was a need for a great community south of Atlanta, primarily to support the growing airline community (execs and pilots), since the rest of the booming family-friendly communities in Atlanta were headed north, but Hartsfield Airport was staying firmly located on the south side of town. They made a big bet. The planning is impressive. There are distinctly defined “villages” in Peachtree City. The industrial needs were planned. The parks, lakes, libraries, pools, neighborhoods, streets, recreation centers, and trails were planned. We now have hundreds of miles of recreational trails (fantastic for RUNNING), an amazing amphitheater, 3 fantastic lakes, parks and pools everywhere, and…. well, you get the picture… I’ll get to the point.
At the other end of my daily commute stands the Atlanta Tech Village. Again, people ask me regularly: “Why don’t you just get an office closer to home?” And again, my answer is: “I can’t imagine spending my days anywhere else.” Why?
It’s not the coffee. Not the comfy chairs, fast internet, convenient burritos for lunch, or even Jeff Hilimire. It’s the community. The Village is a planned community, just like Peachtree City. It’s intentional. Who comes, why they come, how they fit the core values are all intentional. Other than the other startup incubators, there aren’t any other office communities that are planned like the Village. The Village is a planned community for businesses.
It’s inspiring to think that 30-40 years after some forward thinking guys started Peachtree City, it still brings so much value to so many people. I hope that in 50 years, the Atlanta Tech Village will still be as strong (whether it’s in the same building or not) and that entrepreneurs and their teams will see value from the work we are doing today.
Read more facts about PTC on the Wikipedia page.