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Old 11-05-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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I think it's hysterical when the anti-tree coalition rears its' head.
Yes, ma'am, it is...!
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: morningside, atlanta
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It only has that distinction because Atlanta is not built like most cities: the low density, spread out nature of the area makes it hard not to have trees. So we can thank sprawl for our defining feature. Whoopee.
+1 - atlanta is just about the lowest-density major city that exists, sadly. i love it, it's my home, but it is what it is - and most of the city isn't even walkable or streetcar-suburban; it's this. a lot of suburban chicago (outside the city-limits even) is denser, for gods sakes...

hong kong is pretty incredible in that you have a super dense city literally surrounded by lush, green hills. pittsburgh is yet another place which comes to mind for similar reasons. atlanta can and should do better.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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There aren't any unique, natural, and beautiful features in the city proper. Marthasville was a railway crossroad built at an ordinary, uncharacteristic place. Atlanta should have been built around Stone Mountain.
nah - Decatur.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:30 AM
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Has anyone seen the idea of transforming the Gulch into a beach? See one of the conceptual renderings from the recent Design Within Reach competition: Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/nfrbvioj - Shared by thomaswheatley

An artificial public beach would enhance the already-existing tourist traffic and attract residents to live Downtown. For Downtown residential buildings that are fortunate enough to have swimming pools, they don't have enough residents to have a vibrant poolside social scene, so this would bring the Downtown neighbors together during the warm months. Plus, how many cities in the world can boast an artificial beach? For another image of what it might look like: Artificial Beach - Pagog - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, and other Unbelievable visuals
* There can also be an artificial spring or jacuzzi area, which would be useful during the cold months.
* The body of water should be large enough to attract tourists and new residents, but it can't be so big that we can't fit in any new high-density residential development. We still need to attract large amounts of new residents into Downtown in order to reach the tipping point of becoming a 24/7 Downtown. Thus, the Gulch doesn't need to be totally capped by water.
* The waterfront mixed-use/residential/office/hotel towers can have green walls and green rooftops that filter rain water before it flows into the artificial body of water.
* The body of water can be partitioned into fresh water for wildlife and salt water for the beach.
* It can double as a reservoir for our water supply.
* The rail lines can be covered by a transparent tube that allows passengers to see into the water like an aquarium :-)
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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I say tear down the area around Renaissance Parkway and build a lake!

I 2nd that motion!
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: morningside, atlanta
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Has anyone seen the idea of transforming the Gulch into a beach? See one of the conceptual renderings from the recent Design Within Reach competition: Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/nfrbvioj - Shared by thomaswheatley

An artificial public beach would enhance the already-existing tourist traffic and attract residents to live Downtown. For Downtown residential buildings that are fortunate enough to have swimming pools, they don't have enough residents to have a vibrant poolside social scene, so this would bring the Downtown neighbors together during the warm months. Plus, how many cities in the world can boast an artificial beach? For another image of what it might look like: Artificial Beach - Pagog - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, and other Unbelievable visuals
* There can also be an artificial spring or jacuzzi area, which would be useful during the cold months.
* The body of water should be large enough to attract tourists and new residents, but it can't be so big that we can't fit in any new high-density residential development. We still need to attract large amounts of new residents into Downtown in order to reach the tipping point of becoming a 24/7 Downtown. Thus, the Gulch doesn't need to be totally capped by water.
* The waterfront mixed-use/residential/office/hotel towers can have green walls and green rooftops that filter rain water before it flows into the artificial body of water.
* The body of water can be partitioned into fresh water for wildlife and salt water for the beach.
* It can double as a reservoir for our water supply.
* The rail lines can be covered by a transparent tube that allows passengers to see into the water like an aquarium :-)
this!!!
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Has anyone seen the idea of transforming the Gulch into a beach?
That would be sweet. We could take MARTA down to the beach and jump right in. If we wore our suits we wouldn't even have to change.

Back in the 80s I think there actually was a serious proposal to flood that area near the Civic Center.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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Has anyone seen the idea of transforming the Gulch into a beach? See one of the conceptual renderings from the recent Design Within Reach competition: Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/nfrbvioj - Shared by thomaswheatley

An artificial public beach would enhance the already-existing tourist traffic and attract residents to live Downtown. For Downtown residential buildings that are fortunate enough to have swimming pools, they don't have enough residents to have a vibrant poolside social scene, so this would bring the Downtown neighbors together during the warm months. Plus, how many cities in the world can boast an artificial beach? For another image of what it might look like: Artificial Beach - Pagog - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, and other Unbelievable visuals
* There can also be an artificial spring or jacuzzi area, which would be useful during the cold months.
* The body of water should be large enough to attract tourists and new residents, but it can't be so big that we can't fit in any new high-density residential development. We still need to attract large amounts of new residents into Downtown in order to reach the tipping point of becoming a 24/7 Downtown. Thus, the Gulch doesn't need to be totally capped by water.
* The waterfront mixed-use/residential/office/hotel towers can have green walls and green rooftops that filter rain water before it flows into the artificial body of water.
* The body of water can be partitioned into fresh water for wildlife and salt water for the beach.
* It can double as a reservoir for our water supply.
* The rail lines can be covered by a transparent tube that allows passengers to see into the water like an aquarium :-)
That sounds more like some Georgia Tech architecture student's crazy project. They encourage them to be bold and imaginative in their project designs. Nevermind practicality. ****rail lines covered by transparent tubes so passengers can...

Georgia and the city seem to be adamant that the gulch area will be anchored by some multi-modal facility along with housing and retail. The best water feature we can hope for is some large fountain with water basins.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: morningside, atlanta
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That sounds more like some Georgia Tech architecture student's crazy project. They encourage them to be bold and imaginative in their project designs. Nevermind practicality. ****rail lines covered by transparent tubes so passengers can...

Georgia and the city seem to be adamant that the gulch area will be anchored by some multi-modal facility along with housing and retail. The best water feature we can hope for is some large fountain with water basins.
sure, some of the specifics might be a little off the wall, (fresh AND saltwater?! WOOOOW!) but i don't think that means the entire idea should be dismissed. there is a huge amount of underdeveloped land around downtown, and (IMHO, at least) this has the ability to succeed as a centerpiece far more than any multi-modal terminal. as it stands, commuter rail is pretty much DOA, and the few light rail proposals that have been knocked around for decades were never designed to head downtown. (arts center, lindbergh, doraville?)

a crazy idea like this is just what our ugly downtown needs, if enough people got introduced to it...

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:09 AM
 
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Has anyone seen the idea of transforming the Gulch into a beach? See one of the conceptual renderings from the recent Design Within Reach competition: Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/nfrbvioj - Shared by thomaswheatley

An artificial public beach would enhance the already-existing tourist traffic and attract residents to live Downtown. For Downtown residential buildings that are fortunate enough to have swimming pools, they don't have enough residents to have a vibrant poolside social scene, so this would bring the Downtown neighbors together during the warm months. Plus, how many cities in the world can boast an artificial beach? For another image of what it might look like: Artificial Beach - Pagog - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, and other Unbelievable visuals
* There can also be an artificial spring or jacuzzi area, which would be useful during the cold months.
* The body of water should be large enough to attract tourists and new residents, but it can't be so big that we can't fit in any new high-density residential development. We still need to attract large amounts of new residents into Downtown in order to reach the tipping point of becoming a 24/7 Downtown. Thus, the Gulch doesn't need to be totally capped by water.
* The waterfront mixed-use/residential/office/hotel towers can have green walls and green rooftops that filter rain water before it flows into the artificial body of water.
* The body of water can be partitioned into fresh water for wildlife and salt water for the beach.
* It can double as a reservoir for our water supply.
* The rail lines can be covered by a transparent tube that allows passengers to see into the water like an aquarium :-)
Nice!
I would flood Vine City and make it water front property for Atlanta. Would be great.
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