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Old 06-17-2010, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'd also like to add that it is possible to turn buildings "inside-out" along the street and retro-fit parking garages for street level retail. I found these renderings of Peachtree Center on an architects website:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23652876@N08/4708435195/ (broken link)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23652876@N08/4708435195/ (broken link)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23652876@N08/4709077028/ (broken link)

Never heard of this and not sure why it didn't happen, but there is hope...
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:18 AM
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I'd also like to add that it is possible to turn buildings "inside-out" along the street and retro-fit parking garages for street level retail. I found these renderings of Peachtree Center on an architects website:

7_peachtree_center on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23652876@N08/4708435195/ - broken link)

8_peachtree_center on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23652876@N08/4709077028/ - broken link)

Never heard of this and not sure why it didn't happen, but there is hope...

Those images really aren't all that different than how Peachtree Center is now. Peachtree Center is mostly wrapped with street and terrace level shopping/dining and courtyards. These images just add a little glamour.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:25 AM
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Although the street-level retail is more than a lot of other parking garages have downtown, its canceled out by how ugly and run down this building is. The good news is that GSU is planning on tearing down this parking garage and replacing it with student dorms. Mainstreet Master Plan

This will also finally give Georgia State a building that officially lies within Five Points. Hopefully the students that move into these dorms can initiate/spur a clean up and redevelopment of Five Points.
That's great news. Not only is this deck easily in the running for downtown's ugliest structures, but the dorms will have a positive domino effect for downtown, as those students are going to need inexpensive and easily accessible food, supplies and entertainment.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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I'd like to see comparison views of downtown today and 20 years ago (from the same angle).

I'd also love to see a single shot of the city's entire urban core from Buckhead to Five Points.
You can a lot of stuff like that at the link below and by searching flickr for "atlanta aerial":

ATLANTA TIME MACHINE

It's a little OT, but yesterday I came across the most interesting aerial of Buckhead. The way you hear from most people, Buckhead is easily the least walkable and "suburban" part of the City of Atlanta. On many accounts that is true, but if you were to compare it to what it used to be like......


Lenox area in the 1960s:

Flickr Photo Download: Aerial view of Lenox Square in Atlanta (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11035256@N05/3235249934/sizes/m/in/set-72157613110271906/ - broken link)

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Old 06-17-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Thanks, I appreciate those suggestions and am a big fan of the Time Machine. However, I've not been able to find a good aerial of downtown from around 1990-92. I was interested in seeing how much had changed in the last 20 years or so.

The Lenox aerial is interesting. For the historically inclined, there's a very cool article by Wright Mitchell in the Buckhead Reporter about Joyeuse, the estate of John Ottley which occupied the site before Lenox was built in the 1950s. Ottley was president of First National Bank, and he acquired the land in 1897 for the princely sum of $1,816.48. Talk about escalating property values!

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Old 06-17-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Thanks, I appreciate those suggestions and am a big fan of the Time Machine. However, I've not been able to find a good aerial of downtown from around 1990-92. I was interested in seeing how much had changed in the last 20 years or so.
Ah, ok. I'll see what I can dig up.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Macao
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One of the "gerbil chutes" he calls the rape-o-matic....lol.

No idea why he says that, and not to laugh at something as traumatic as being raped..it's an awful thing.

But, certainly an interesting choice of titles.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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How are people finding these ancient threads
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Downtown truly is a very mixed bad and I have no clue why this guy only wanted to highlight the bad. Some of what he covered were service alleys that really weren't designed to be pedestrian friendly. But I agree that a lot of the brutalist/-esque stuff is bad, in Atlanta and elsewhere, in terms of pedestrian friendliness.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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