Imagine if the NW corner of 10th & Piedmont had been properly built out to the street. Caribou patrons could contribute to a street scene instead of being surrounded by fossil fuel guzzling hulks of metal.

Imagine if the NW corner of 10th & Piedmont had been properly built out to the street. Caribou patrons could contribute to a street scene instead of being surrounded by fossil fuel guzzling hulks of metal.

Another great map from GSU’s Planning Atlanta Archive, this one showing the evolution of the city limits.  So bizarre how piecemeal some of the boundaries became after concentric measuring from the Zero Mile Post stopped in the 1880s.

Another great map from GSU’s Planning Atlanta Archive, this one showing the evolution of the city limits.  So bizarre how piecemeal some of the boundaries became after concentric measuring from the Zero Mile Post stopped in the 1880s.

GSU’s Planning Atlanta Archive has a great land use map from 1952 that’s worth a looksie.  Sometimes the change since then is dramatic/traumatic (interstate devastation, urban renewal), but often it’s just nifty (street name changes/reroutings, the evolution of neighborhoods from single family homes to more mixed uses).  For an extra mindfu@k, click the Google Maps tab near the top that overlays a current map and allows you to play with the opacity of the old one.

GSU’s Planning Atlanta Archive has a great land use map from 1952 that’s worth a looksie.  Sometimes the change since then is dramatic/traumatic (interstate devastation, urban renewal), but often it’s just nifty (street name changes/reroutings, the evolution of neighborhoods from single family homes to more mixed uses).  For an extra mindfu@k, click the Google Maps tab near the top that overlays a current map and allows you to play with the opacity of the old one.

atlurbanist:

I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming vote on a regional transportation tax. This is the first post of a three-part series on my thoughts about land use and transportation in Atlanta.

The project list of the Atlanta regional transportation tax includes many things I want to see,…

The real solution to Atlanta’s transportation woes…

Atlanta’s mayoral candidates were asked about their opinions on I-485, a highway that would have taken out a good chunk of the city’s eastside neighborhoods.  This was my favorite response:

William Ogle, Hare Krishna candidate:
"My idea is that there is no use
making access to the city until the city
is a better place to live. First we must
end crime and then talk about expanding
… But 485 is not a real issue.
The real issues are birth, death, old age
and disease which can be solved by
spiritual activities to revive Krishna
consciousness. “

Great Speckled Bird v.6 no. 30 (Aug. 6, 1973)

A 1944 plan for the proposed Civic Center in downtown Atlanta.  Notice the elevated highways and the central government square with a City Hall twin.

A 1944 plan for the proposed Civic Center in downtown Atlanta.  Notice the elevated highways and the central government square with a City Hall twin.