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Forsyth County News' The Life-400 North turns 2

Where we have been and what we have seen

 
POSTED: February 27, 2017 12:22 p.m.
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It may be hard to believe, but the Life 400 North is turning 2, and, like any toddler, is finding its voice and chasing anything that looks interesting.

In February 2015, the staff of the Forsyth County News debuted The Life-400 North as a lifestyle magazine covering the Ga. 400 corridor north of Atlanta, one of the most of affluent and rapidly growing areas in the country.

That first issue featured developer Lamar Wakefield, of Alpharetta's Wakefield Beasley and Associates, on the cover and alongside partner John Beasley as the first featured article. The pair discussed the company's projects, including Alpharetta's Avalon, a live-work-play development, and SunTrust Park, new home to the Atlanta Braves.

If fact, all six stories from that first issue featured Forsyth County or adjacent areas, though the magazine has since ventured all along the corridor.

In the two years, The Life-400 North has featured gold medal winning Paralympian McKenzie Coan, NBC's The Voice contestant Riley Biederer and first-hand stories from trips to Cuba and Nigeria.

At other times, the magazine as focused on the natural amenities around Ga. 400, including swimming holes on the Chattahoochee River, where to fish ­— and eat — on Lake Lanier and the national parks in our backyard.

It would be impossible to cover lifestyle along Ga. 400 without mentioning the numerous restaurants, big and small, that might bring more outsiders to the area than anything else.

Restaurants in five cities and three counties have been featured in The Life-400 North, as have food trucks, breweries, recipes and restaurant owners.

The Life-400 North has also kept up with changes to the area, including an in-depth look at what the future of Forsyth could look like, programs that are fighting homelessness, the leaders at Forsyth County schools and new robotic-assisted surgery at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, which won an Associated Press award for its photography.

Sports have also been a focus — The Life has spoken to local orthodontist Mark Causey about his days playing basketball for Duke University, has profiled Ed Mangan’s work maintaining the Braves’ Turner Field and SunTrust Park and has featured 28 high school athletes' pictures.

The magazine has coincided with some of the largest growth in the area, including the addition of Forsyth’s own live-work-play development, Halcyon, which is set to open in spring 2018.

Since the first issue, a new lane has been added Ga. 400 from Exit 12 to Exit 14, the first step in a project that will bring an additional lane to both sides of the road from the county line to a new interchange at what is now an intersection with Hwy. 369.

With so much covered, it is hard to believe it’s been two years since the first issue of The Life 400 North.

But that’s nothing compared to where we’re going.

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