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.
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.
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.
Round here you need a fence and wall.
Shuttles park here.
Pedestrian entrance with nice private park to the right.
Lot's of fences. A suburban office park.
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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