I am in need of someone who will cook (not microwave) and dangle bacon in front of my starving face while running to the YMCA. The objective is to trick my arse into working out. Qualifications: Must be able to run a few miles without going horizontal Must be able to fend off wild dogs and rodents Must be able to dodge stray bullets Must provide own transportation G-rated picture is required to prove physique
I am serious. The objective is to be alternative school skinny. Interviews will be conducted on Thursday. Please respond before then. The downtrodden need not apply.
"Application by the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. for a permit to demolish approximately two-thirds of the Landmark building was filed on April 17, 2012. The application will be heard by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm at City Hall"
Fresh from the Atlanta Daily World building controversy - here we go again.
A Trio of Midtown Swag Details, Plus a Return Visit to the Death Star
I’m almost embarrassed to share these photos because of their horrendous ancient iPhone quality, but oh well. Noticed a few swags around Midtown today and I had to capture them for my ongoing obsession. There’s just something so innately graceful about droopy fruit/leaves/linen.
This one was on Charles Allen just south of 8th Street. It’s hard to make out in the photo but the plaster was very detailed with flowers and fruit.
The next swag was a plaque on the side of the venerable Sig Samuels dry cleaners at Monroe and 8th. The droopy part looked like laurel leaves with a band in the middle, and the vertical members are some kind of flower that decreases in size as it goes down.
I got sidetracked by this modern home that’s finishing up on 9th Street. I posted it a while back when the black undercladding made it look particularly Death Star-ish, and it’s looking less severe these days. Hoping it’ll be on the Modern Atlanta tour so I can get a peek at the interiors…
It’s not hard to imagine a house standing on the southwest corner of Juniper and 7th Street. The stairs have disintegrated but the stone wall and a healthy tree hold the corner as they have for God knows how long.
The last swag of the day is probably my favorite; it’s on the facade of the decaying Neel Reid apartment building behind the Starbucks at 7th and Peachtree. Come on Novare, make good on that restoration promise. Really, the swags are just one part of a larger composition that’s centered on a curvy cartouche. The way the vertical component folds in on itself is gorgeous.
“There is a certain unique and strange delight about walking down an empty street alone. There is an off-focus light cast by the moon, and the streetlights are part of the spotlight apparatus on a bare stage set up for you to walk through. You get a feeling of being listened to, so you talk aloud, softly, to see how it sounds.”—Sylvia Plath The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via rebel-sexx)
“Starting from the vicinity of the railroads you can proceed fearlessly till you come to the first cross street, called Alabama street. Don’t think of walking out of your direction to walk up that street, unless the moon shines particularly bright…”—A Word to Strangers, Atlanta Intelligencer, 1852 (via atlantahistorycenter)
The block of 8th Street between West Peachtree and Cypress Street holds some low key structures that are sure to bite the dust come the next big building boom, like this pair of single story mid-century office buildings.
I’m especially fond of this one for its flat overhang and tightly composed entrance bay.
This 1920s apartment charmer sits in between the above building and Ecco. Without knowing what’s around it you’d think it was sitting somewhere in Virginia Highland or over by the park.
And then you have the awful Midtown Marta Station parking lot. No doubt at some point this will be developed (I mean come on, it’s right next to transit AND a Publix), and it’ll be interesting to see how the new buildings address the challenging topography.
What I Saw During An April Ansley Park/Midtown Afternoon Jaunt
It was a gorgeous April day so I leashed up the pooch and walked a block to the food truck gathering at 12th and P’tree for the King of Pop’s Lemon Ricotta pop- my favorite. After that we made our way north to the Peachtree library branch atop MODA where I returned a seriously overdue, not quite finished novel. Decided to turn down 16th Street for a little scenic loop back home. It was there I noticed this garland swag plaque on a cute little 1924 apartment building, which may be just the example I need for a tattoo I go back and forth on wanting. If I’m going to have something permanently inked on my body it’s going to have to perfect, and I’m trying to find a good garland to show my artist.
This little Greek Revival-Revival on Peachtree Circle must be by Ivey and Crook, right? The proportions of that little portico are pitch perfect.
I’m thrilled that this rare Prairie style house is being restored (well, more like reconstructed) but they but sure are taking their time! Its rear facade is perfectly visible from the hole on Peachtree where John Wieland’s condo project died.
Another view of the Prairie.
Are we in Atlanta or Pasadena? Could not get over the beautiful landscaping of this home, especially the climbing roses.
Another beautiful, small yard + a tastefully decorated porch.
I’ve always loved this pair: the one of the left for its simplicity and landscaping, the one on the right for its quasi-Victorian spirit.
The 15th Street Plaza is one of Atlanta’s public space success stories. The trees, the cafe tables, the gurgling fountain, the free Wi-Fi. Such a nice place to just…be.
The old Vickery’s on Crescent Avenue is being transformed day by day. Some neat modern tree planters have been installed, and the facade is coming back together. The old structures on this block provide needed relief from the new shininess of…
12th and Midtown. Before you know it, this block will be home to a high rise apartment tower with retail on the ground floor, giving the microhood additional energy and buzz. I’m surprised that the building won’t extend to the 11th Street corner where there’s a parking lot, though. I love Peachtree Street as much as the next guy, but it’s great to see the side streets being developed. It’ll give our urbanism a more dynamic (and less linear) quality.
I drove my scooter to work the other day and it was beautiful outside. By the time I got off, it was semi-pouring. Not wanting a replay of my wet pavement + practically bald tire scooter mishap from last week, I elected to take the bus back home and just get my wheels the next day. This was my first time riding the much maligned transit mode; it wasn’t a terrible experience. Having the MARTA app was awesome since I was able to track the location of the bus in real time, and I was home in almost the same time it would have taken me to drive the scooter. The bus doesn’t have the sex appeal of streetcars or trolleys, but it probably did save me another skinned elbow.