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View Poll Results: Which city has the best historical district or buildings in the Southeast(+TX)?
Atlanta 17 65.38%
Dallas 4 15.38%
Houston 3 11.54%
Miami 2 7.69%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-10-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Now, southern cities, in general, often get bad marks in the historical category of a skyline, simply because people think "newer" cities have no respect for preservation and history. So this poll is about showcasing the history the Big 4 Southern Skyline's historical districts, and buildings. The poll is southern cities only, but feel free to mention another city outside this region that is mislabeled.

With that said,which city has the best historical district and buildings?
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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poll added.

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Old 10-10-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Atlanta area first. Houston area probably second.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Also, to avoid confusion, these are for the big 4 major cities. I know smaller cities might have better historical districts and buildings, but thats not the point of this poll/thread.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:25 AM
 
Location: SF and Atlanta
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Sweet Auburn (the MLK district of Atlanta) is my nominee because of the Civil Rights Movement's importance to the nation.

Second nominee: Grant Park. Civil War dead, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, 25 former mayors of Atlanta, and six former governors of Georgia are buried at Oakland Cemetery there. Zoo Atlanta (1889) is also there. A cyclorama marking the 1864 Battle of ATL is also there.

The West End-- home to Morehouse (1867), home to Spelman and where W.E.B. Dubois wrote some of his most influential works-- is my third nominee.

Midtown ATL is where Booker T Washington delivered his Atlanta compromise speech in 1895 at the seven-country International Cotton Exposition; Margaret Mitchell's home is also there. But that area doesn't feel particularly historical.

As for buildings, I nominate Atlanta's Flatiron Building (1897), built a few years before NYC's iconic replica.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:23 AM
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Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Sweet Auburn (the MLK district of Atlanta) is my nominee because of the Civil Rights Movement's importance to the nation.

Second nominee: Grant Park. Civil War dead, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, 25 former mayors of Atlanta, and six former governors of Georgia are buried at Oakland Cemetery there. Zoo Atlanta (1889) is also there. A cyclorama marking the 1864 Battle of ATL is also there.

The West End-- home to Morehouse (1867), home to Spelman and where W.E.B. Dubois wrote some of his most influential works-- is my third nominee.

Midtown ATL is where Booker T Washington delivered his Atlanta compromise speech in 1895 at the seven-country International Cotton Exposition; Margaret Mitchell's home is also there. But that area doesn't feel particularly historical.

As for buildings, I nominate Atlanta's Flatiron Building (1897), built a few years before NYC's iconic replica.
Let's not forget Inman Park...Atlanta's first suburb.

Inman Park
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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Sweet Auburn (the MLK district of Atlanta) is my nominee because of the Civil Rights Movement's importance to the nation.

Second nominee: Grant Park. Civil War dead, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, 25 former mayors of Atlanta, and six former governors of Georgia are buried at Oakland Cemetery there. Zoo Atlanta (1889) is also there. A cyclorama marking the 1864 Battle of ATL is also there.

The West End-- home to Morehouse (1867), home to Spelman and where W.E.B. Dubois wrote some of his most influential works-- is my third nominee.

Midtown ATL is where Booker T Washington delivered his Atlanta compromise speech in 1895 at the seven-country International Cotton Exposition; Margaret Mitchell's home is also there. But that area doesn't feel particularly historical.

As for buildings, I nominate Atlanta's Flatiron Building (1897), built a few years before NYC's iconic replica.
I would add (there are SO many more than this):

Grant Park - all of the above, plus it is Atlanta's largest historic district.

Historic Midtown - the older section of Midtown bound by Juniper, 10th, Monroe, and Ponce.

Fairlie-Poplar - the historic heart of Downtown Atlanta...25 blocks of 19th and early 20th century buildings/highrises.

Castleberry Hill - 1800s Downtown warehouse-turned-loft district.

Georgia Tech Historic District - Midtown college campus with a mix of 19th-20th century historic buildings and modern/cutting edge newer buildings.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I would think Atlanta. Houston and Dallas aren't known for preserving their history.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I would think Atlanta. Houston and Dallas aren't known for preserving their history.
We really never have been either, but that has really changed in the last few years.

As far as neighborhoods go, I don't think it was ever a fair rep for Atlanta to have.

Major commercial buildings are an entirely different matter. I can't tell you how many truly magnificent buildings have been torn down here over the last 50 years. Terminal Station being the most glaring example, imo.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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We really never have been either, but that has really changed in the last few years.

As far as neighborhoods go, I don't think it was ever a fair rep for Atlanta to have.

Major commercial buildings are an entirely different matter. I can't tell you how many truly magnificent buildings have been torn down here over the last 50 years. Terminal Station being the most glaring example, imo.
Houston has tore up lots of it's historic neighborhoods and homes and replaced them with condos and townhouses. They were also in talks of knocking down the Astrodome. The one thing that defines Houston.
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