New little Beltline extensions 2019

Complete as of late March from Wylie to Kirkwood Ave. They took a while to get the curb cuts and traffic table in place so this little twenty foot section was fenced up for six months.

The section from Kirkwood to Memorial looks like it will be a while. It’s complete to the north end of the 1920’s era Atlanta & West Point Depot, but from there remains completely undone.

There’s supposed to be some GDOT work on Memorial that they may be waiting on before getting the nice new Beltline trail surface in place.

As of mid-April, they opened the old rail siding that went to the Ford auto factory. Nice wayfaring signs to separate beltline traffic.

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It will be really nice to have the new entrance to Kroger open. Here’s the soon-to-be door that will be right on the trail:

Then we’ll really see the competition between Trader Joe vs Kroger for Beltliners carrying their shopping home.

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Lapidus and Portman

Found a little poem about what is now the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Here’s Portman’s original design for the Peachtree Plaza Hotel, built as the tallest hotel in the world:

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The big pedestal held a half acre lake and one restaurant had a 100 foot waterfall. Here’s a rendering of the gardens hanging over the lake and it’s little club islands:

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Here’s what it ended up looking like in the early 80’s before two major renovations removed all the grooviness:

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So, with all that, maybe this poem will make a little more sense. By Ted R. Spivey

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I like that last stanza “Walk then, conventioneers, Through Portman’s atriums, Dazzled by those hanging gardens Which float above the toy lakes”

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The Loew’s Grand Fire

Here’s the old beauty in 1972. It had been a long time since she showed first run Hollywood films, but Hollywood itself was pretty moribund at the time.

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See the nice array of shops surrounding the ground floor. Plentiful commercial office space above were mostly professionals: accountants, doctors, lawyers, etc. The large gallery arches with tiers of bay windows, the circular corner offices, the beautiful brick work. Then tragedy strikes:

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That’s the top of the back of the Coke sign on the Candler Building in the foreground. The Fulton Bank to the left and you can see the top of the Hilton above that. And the result

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From what I can tell, the only people in the building were a doctor and his office assistant who discovered the fire and were rescued by the Atlanta Fire Department. And here she is being demolished later to be replaced by the Georgia Pacific tower.

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Last section of NE Beltline is poured

Between Piedmont Park and the Krog Street tunnel only had one little unfinished part which was waiting on the completion of The Edge condo building. It’s pretty much done now but the segment isn’t officially connected yet although you can walk on the south part.

I love how they connected the east and west parts with the pedestrian bridge which echoes the salvaged bridge over Krog Street. The enormous sculptures are a lion, Godzilla and a large bull made of weathered iron. Funny that they went with palm trees here. There’s also a line of palms near their pool.

When this is officially open, you’ll be able to get from Kirkwood (where they’re finishing the bridge), along Wylie, through the Krog Tunnel then all the way to Monroe and 10th Street on the Beltline.

I didn’t catch the light very good, but here’s the bull sculpture and the future home of Shake Shack

The marketing site for The Edge has this rendering

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Broad Street Recognized

Nice little write-up on the wonderful StreetsBlog featuring the newly-pedestrian-only section of Broad St. downtown.

I remember back in the early 2000’s when the city first started closing it down for “Friday Wind Down”, they would fill the street with tables and chairs and set up a small stage for live music. Nice way to enjoy eats from Reuben’s Deli or a slice from Rosa’s Pizza. They started blocking traffic permantently, then this year deployed some nice street furniture and made it into a little plaza. Nice, slow transition which was certainly sped along by GSU’s persence. Bravo!

Read about the other five hororees and vote for you favorite on their website:

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/12/28/vote-for-the-best-urban-street-redesign-of-2018/

Not to influence you or anything, but vote for Broad Street!

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Atlanta Has Another Gifford Lecturer!

For the third time in 130 years, the Gifford Lecture will be given by an Atlantan. Emory philosopy professor Robert McCauley will give the lectures in 2020-2021 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is the founding directory of Emory’s Center for Mind, Brain and Culture.

Previously, Atlanta was represented by Jürgen Moltmann in the mid-1980’s and by Lynne Rudder Baker in 2001.

This lecture series has produced some amazing work over the years. Standouts include

  • Hannah Arendt 1974 Life of the Mind (Willing is her masterpiece, in my opinion)
  • Karl Barth 1938 Knowledge and Service of God
  • Henri Bergson 1914 The Problem of Personality
  • William James 1902 Varieties of Religious Experience
  • Iris Murdoch 1982 Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals
  • Karl Niebuhr 1940 Nature and Destiny of Man
  • Martha Nussbaum 1992 A Theory of the Emotions
  • Carl Sagan 1985 Varieties of Scientific Experienc (a nice play on the William James classic)
  • Richard Sorabji 1996 Emotion and Peace of Mind
  • Arnold Toynbee 1953 An Historian’s Approach to Religion
  • Clement C.J. Webb 1918 God and Personality (a forgotten gem, you can find on Archive.org )
  • Alfred North Whitehead 1928 Process and Reality

Looking forward to what he presents.
Here’s the official notice

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HENSE is so legit now

Oh, he had so many death-defying tags around town: rail bridges over The Connector, old warehouse roofs you could see from MARTA, etc. But now that he’s a “Real Artist” including the huge mural at 14th and Spring, he’s graduated to even doing work you can walk on…. if you happen to be in Sicily!

Looks very similar to the piece on 14th but that one had large sculptural elements for the black circles and one of them came off this summer landing in front of the Starbucks — luckily no one was injured! A nice write-up in ArtsATL today. Keep on truckin’, brother.

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