Atlanta magazine teamed up with the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to present a new perspective on buildings in the heart of our city. After all, who better than architects to appreciate the details of an urban landscape we often take for granted? Founded in 1906, AIA Atlanta includes more than 1,600 architects and design professionals, some of whom submitted photos capturing the rich cityscape. See how many of the buildings you can name!
If you can identify the 16 local landmarks (helpful hints are provided), you could win a free weekend on the town courtesy of Downtown’s historic Ellis Hotel, as well as passes to some of the city’s most engaging attractions.
“When people ask me to explain the South, I usually don’t have an answer beyond saying it’s too big, complex, and varied to pin down easily—or at all. If I’m asked about our editorial mission, I say it is to “explore the South,” which is meant to convey a few things, including that we don’t expect or claim to know everything about the South. Who can know everything about it? The South keeps changing and surprising even as it’s studied. … If Garden & Gun just stuck to its, well, Pistils & Pistols, and merely revealed, with freshened-up accuracy, which elite group it is that they serve (versus claiming that they speak for all), even my snarkiness would dissipate. Such directness on their part wouldn’t even have to be costly—or sweeping. It could be achieved with a tweaking of the motto that appears on every G&G cover. This motto debuted in 2007 as “21st Century Southern America.” Then it was changed to: “Soul of the New South.” Then it was changed to: “Soul of the South.” Change it one last time and the truth shall set us free. Change it to: “The Soul of the Old South.””—Oxford American editor Marc Smirnoff’s dismantling of Garden & Gun is totally cutting, totally smart and totally overdue. It makes me proud to be a Southerner as well as an OA contributor. (via rachael-maddux)
"OpenPlans launched an online project for Valentine’s Day called Beautiful Streets, which they’re hoping to use to crowd-source data on streetscapes from, fittingly, the City of Brotherly Love. Using pairwise surveys – a technique we’ve also highlighted to gaugeperceptions of street safety – the Beautiful Streets site literally asks people, “do you prefer the street on the left or the right?”
Viewers are asked to pick between two images (or “skip this one”) from a random pairing of 200 streets taken from Google Street View around Philadelphia.”
This is the kind of thing I do for fun. Don’t judge.
Renaming Atlanta's streets has been a pain in the a$$ since at least 1876...
While doing some research on tiny former vice district Collins Street for an upcoming performance piece, I found this 1876 letter written to the editors of the Atlanta Constitution protesting its possible renaming. I couldn’t help but think of the recent controversy surrounding the renaming of Harris Street to John Portman Boulevard. It’s creepy how history repeats itself…read and laugh.
EDITORS CONSTITUTION: At the last meeting of the city council we noticed with surprise, that a committee to whom the matter had been referred, reported in favor of changing the name of Collins street to North Washington Street. We noticed with still more surprise that the council adopted the report of the committee and directed an ordinance be drawn making the change.
This action we think was hasty and premature, and should be reconsidered. The proposed change of name is wrong. Many years ago Washington street was known as Collins, and was change to Washington for the reason that there was no connection across the Georgia railroad. For no other reason. Mr. James A. Collins after whom said street was named, was one of the pioneers of Atlanta. He was an enterprising and worthy citizen, a good merchant and business man, respected for his virtues by his fellow townsmen, who at that early day saw it fit to name the street for him. The name is short and euphoneous. It is blended with the early history of Atlanta, and is designated on the maps of the city, and also upon the records both of the city and county in such a way that it is unwise to make the change at this late day.
Besides, if our city council encourages this changing of names of our street when and where will it stop. With equal propriety they may change the names of Calhoun, Ivy, Loyd, Pryor, Peachtree, Whitehall, and a host of others, at the suggestion of fastidious gentlemen who might imagine himself shamed at the obscurity or low origin from whence the names of said streets sprung. Let council reconsider.
So basically the arguments against street renaming are the same: it erases Atlanta’s early history, it’s a nuisance to change maps, signs, and records, and it sets a bad precedent. Also, it’s ironic that all of the “endangered” streets listed in the last paragraph have indeed been changed since the letter’s penning. Calhoun Street = Piedmont Avenue, Ivy Street = Peachtree Center Avenue, Loyd Street = Central Avenue, part of Pryor Street has been changed to Park Place, and Peachtree was extended to encompass Whitehall Street.
Creative Loafing’s Laura Horton is reporting that the funky Victorian home across from the Woodruff Arts campus will be the site of a restaurant and a four room “hotel.” Isn’t that more of an inn? Oh well, I’m glad the secret’s out. Expect a “Castle”-centric post in the near future. I’m only slightly obsessed.