Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The dark shadows on Peachtree: 1010 and "12th and midtown"

Peachtree has a new dark spot. Drive though midtown, north or south. There is a block in shadow, even claustrophobic. Atlanta's midtown architecture jolts yet again.

Peachtree Street has a kink, a curve between 11th and 12th Streets. In the age of rundown Midtown (which has lasted for what, the last 30 years?) the curve had bit of charm. It suspended the "city-ness" of Peachtree for a couple of blocks. (Why is that curve there anyway? It's probably an interesting story.)

Not anymore. The spectacular 1010 and 12th and Midtown buildings appear to block Peachtree at the curve. And, the curve is dark, almost like a tunnel. This is no place in Atlanta where you "feel" building in quite this way.

Is it a good feeling? I don't know but we'll get to try it out for the next 100 years. I'm anxious to see the block full of storefronts and people.

Here is the approach from 10th street. Is there a way through?



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