Author Archives: George Baker III

About George Baker III

Commercial Real Estate agent, investor and developer.

Questions to consider

As I wonder about how we will grow as we come out of the Great Recession, I wonder who is right.  Many will tell you that the suburbs and exurbs are dead because intown areas of large metro cities are experiencing … Continue reading

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THANK YOU

I just wanted to say “thank you” to everyone that supported me, voted for me, and helped me on my campaign for Monroe City Council.  Although I did not win the position, it was close and I thoroughly enjoyed the race.  … Continue reading

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2007 Monroe Market Analysis

Below is a pdf of the market analysis performed in the 2007 Livable Centers Initiative study.  There is great information in here that can be utilized to help promote downtown and all of Monroe.  You can find information on the … Continue reading

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We can blend New Urbanism and Suburbanism.

I definitely think we can add elements of New Urbanism and Suburbanism to create a much more functional, pedestrian friendly, aesthetically pleasing and auto accomodating project.  This, in my opinion can be seen in many developments that have already been built.  The … Continue reading

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Is Suburban Development inherently bad?

My question is an honest one.  This subject of New Urbanism v/s Suburbanism seems to be as polarizing as the Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D. C.  In all of my experience the loudest voices seems to come from the … Continue reading

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East Village – 8/4/2011

  One thing we are paying careful attention to in East Village is the design of the project.  We are in the process of designing and developing the Town Center in front of the government building.  We have 2 large … Continue reading

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Why do we like New Urbanism projects?

For me this is easy to say but harder to describe.  I just like the way a properly planned New Urbanism project feels better than the way a typical suburban project feels.  The descriptive words that I can use to … Continue reading

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Why did we get the post war development?

Why did we get the type of development that occured after WWII?  There are theories that say our zoning that created seperation of land uses created it.  There are theories that the automobile and our reliance on it created it.  I … Continue reading

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East Village beginnings

East Village is a mixed use development in Monroe, GA that is being developed on my family’s farm.  There have been a few additions since the aerial shown here but this is basically what the property looks like today.  As … Continue reading

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Success

One of Wikipedia’s definitions of success is “achievment of an objective/goal. So if we want to know if a project is succesful whether it be New Urbanism or Suburbanism, we have to define first what the object/goal is.  My observation … Continue reading

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