This Starbucks and the Neel Reid apartment complex behind it are apparently slated for demolition, to be replaced by a larger, contemporary set of apartments. Ostensibly, the Starbucks would return as ground-floor retail within the structure, but the Reid House is the sacrificial lamb of the proposal. The generic, unremarkable Starbucks should go undoubtedly, but a clever solution would posit the saving of the Reid structure, perhaps integrating it with the new complex in a dynamic way. History and density can be solved together, giving new meaning to the old while contextualizing what very well could become yet another standard apartment complex, chained to the ever-limiting bottomline of so many Atlantan developments, just like the neo-brutalist Viewpoint tower beyond. If this proposal goes through, it would be another sad loss of history (let alone the decimated Reid history) for Atlanta, made even more pathetic by the proliferation of other unused parking lots in the immediate area.
Labyrinth Cubicle, c. 2012