Sunday, February 22, 2009

Midtown's Weird Commercialism

Ponce de Leon on the south side of Midtown is home to a few odd mid-century storefronts. They're odd in that they were constructed in the front yard of ca. 1900 homes and connected to their facades. Guess they didn't need a lot of space? Maybe the builders were keen to adaptive re-use in a twisted way? At any rate they're neat examples of a changing urban corridor. And the house connected to the Eagle still has a really cool staircase inside! See for yourself, if you dare ;).

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Second Gate of Hell

How do we in Atlanta dress up our huge, depressing interchanges that sever our downtown in half? Dress them up with some good 'ole folk art of course! One of downtown's gateways is populated by crappy , non-maintained folk art, concrete, and a homeless camp. And the view of the inhumane streets that await you are are just postcard perfect! Welcome to Atlanta!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Development Headed for the Rear of the Marg. Mitchell House

I'm personally very exited about this news, although some purists are up in arms. More mixed use for the heart of Midtown, on the same street as a MARTA station? For me it's a no brainer! The old apartment house will still be there, and the developer has committed to doing something respectful. This is a great example of the city growing up around its past instead of on top of it.