Category Archives: Downtown

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: The big pedestal held a half acre lake and one … Continue reading

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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. See the nice array of shops surrounding the ground floor. Plentiful commercial … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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See the old Underground one more time

You have one last chance to see the old Underground before WRS really starts updating it. Deer Bear Wolf is doing a show in the old Dante’s space and parts of the main Underground area around the old Micks http://www.deerbearwolf.com/news/2018/3/8/captain-hook-invades-underground-atlantaContinue reading

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How did Portman do it?

The recent passing of John Portman has led me to a lot of thinking about what parts of Atlanta he saved and what he could be said to have destroyed. Arguably, downtown would have completely turned into cement bunkers, surface … Continue reading

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Creative Loafings library in the old Rich’s Department store on south Peachtree

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Lost on Spring Street

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Asking too much?

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Links for today – transit and Olympics

Nice little write-up from Saporta Report about the state of MARTA train cars: MARTA’s trains are old. They’re to reach their lifespan in 2021. Each vehicle received a mid-life overhaul at some point between 2005 and 2008, a solicitation shows. … Continue reading

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Blick’s Bowling Center

Located in the massive parking structure for the Candler Building, Blick’s Bowling Center had 52 lanes and on the site at Dobbs and P’tree Center Ave is now the massive parking structure (and gallery space) for Georgia Pacific. Then (1949): … Continue reading

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