Demolition is deeply rooted in Atlanta’s ethos. This is a city that has been torn down and rebuilt so many times. It’s a city about making as much money as possible. It’s a New South town - a boom town that was spurred by technology; first the railroad, then the automobile and airplane, all furthered by the business climate and the dollar.
It is absolutely necessary the [transportation] solution is all about moving cars in and around Cobb and surrounding counties from our north and east where most Braves fans travel from, and not moving people into Cobb by rail from Atlanta.
— Joe Dendy, “Cobb Co. Republican Party Chairman on the Braves Move,” 2013
Sherman’s Neckties, Stone Mountain, GA, c. 1864 / 2011
'The monument, “Sherman’s Neckties,” its location in the city of Stone Mountain marks the approximate place where General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” actually started…. Around midnight on July 20, 1864, two days before the Battle of Atlanta, Sherman published an order mandating the melting and twisting of rails along designated railroad tracks, preventing rail transportation during the remainder of war. The red-hot rails were bent around trees and telegraph poles, and coined by soldiers and journalists as “Sherman’s Neckties.”’
Phil Proctor, Corinthian Column on the Beltline, Atlanta, GA, 2013 (via aotb)
'Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has added an installation, a 23-foot tall Corinthian column, weighing over 13 tons, to its year-round art collection. Artist Phil Proctor envisioned the column, created out of railroad artifacts, to represent Atlanta’s architectural and railroad history. The structure also recalls the Corinthian columns on the façade of the former Union Station, the city’s main railroad station, demolished in 1972.'
Home was BAMA, the Sprawl, the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis. Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen. Manhattan and Atlanta burn solid white. Then they start to pulse, the rate of traffic threatening to overload your simulation. Your map is about to go nova. Cool it down. Up your scale. Each pixel a million megabytes. At a hundred million megabytes per second, you begin to make out certain blocks in midtown Manhattan, outlines of hundred-year-old industrial parks ringing the old core of Atlanta.