Saturday, November 26, 2016

1981 - Georgia Power Moved Four Blocks & Abandoned Downtown



All the folks I knew at Georgia Power / Southern Company worked at the corner of Peachtree and Baker. In 1981 they moved to the new Georgia Power Corporate Headquarters. Georgia Power moved out of downtown while technically staying downtown. Many of our big corporate citizens follow suit. They aren't coming back downtown.

20161125_135236 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
I like the place OK. I've been to a meeting in the top floor boardroom, nice with a terrific view. Way better than the Jackson Street bridge.

But these folks aren't on Peachtree any more.

20161122_145455 2016-11-22 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Seemed like a cool idea at the time. The utilities were growing with the region, security was a big issue, and the energy crises. They decided to build an energy conscious landmark between the downtown connector and the Civic Center.

And hey, nearly 300,000 vehicle occupants see it every day.

20161125_134559 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Round here you need a fence and wall.

20161125_134636 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Shuttles park here.

20161125_135134 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Pedestrian entrance with nice private park to the right.

20161125_134628 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
Lot's of fences. A suburban office park.

20161125_134954 2016-11-25 Georgia Power Building  241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta GA 30308
But more private.

This has bugged me for 35 years.

Would they do this today? I think not. They'd just build in Midtown like NCR or at Permeinter like State Farm or Sandy Springs like Mercedes-Benz.

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