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IC Visits Atlanta's Fairlie Poplar District

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No one ever seems to post Atlanta threads here, so I figured I'd post one of my latest adventure in the city. (Visit the Atlanta forum for more!)

Fairlie-Poplar is a district in downtown Atlanta that was the original business district for the city before "downtown Atlanta" as it exists today came about. The are now known as downtown Atlanta is near a place called Five Points, which is a little further South from Fairlie-Poplar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlie-Poplar

Yep, a couple of weeks ago, I went to Atlanta to attempt to skate at Centennial Olympic Park for the second time. Unfortunately, I couldn't, for the second time, as it was closed for maintenance (the first time, it was just too @#$% cold). Instead of declaring the trip a total waste, I decided to set out on a trip to find Atlanta's not-quite-so-famous Flatiron. This, of course, took me to Fairlie-Poplar and Woodruff Park. This area of Atlanta is one of the few places in the city that could easily be mistaken for a place in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, or Chicago with all the street life and street level retail and vendors.

Enjoy! :)

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Atlanta's Flatiron!

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Pigeons' Paradise

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Flatiron Offices

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Base of the Flatiron

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Atlanta's Ironically Named Broad Street

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Arch

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Citizens & Southern (C&S) Bank Building

--My Grandmother used to work here!

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Street Corner

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Looking Towards 191 Peachtree

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Music! Dance! Theater! Film!

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Sixty Walton Building

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Centennial Tower

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Street Level Retail and Activity....In Atlanta!?! Surely You Jest.........

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What do you guys think? :)

Be on the lookout for my Atlanta at night thread sometime. :)

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The flatiron is great, I like it better than New York's.

And people say Atlanta is only sprawl! How big is this district?

I'm not an expert on its size, but I'd say the heart of the district (where I took the photos) covers about 1/8-1/5 of a square mile. This, of course, is not very big for a city whose downtown covers a little over 3 sq. miles.

This map here shows the entire district pretty well. It covers roughly 1/4 of a mile (between Edgewood Ave, Marietta Street, and International Blvd).

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Here's the Wikipedia article on Fairlie-Poplar (the boundaries it gives for the district are a bit restrictive, though):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlie-Poplar

And the National Park Service Listing for it:

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/fai.htm

And, if you're interested in the Flatiron, here's the Wikipedia article on it. Interesting tidbit about the Flatiron: it's not only 5 years older than NYC's, but I read somewhere that the architects of the one in New York used this one as a model.

Here's the site from the Nat'l Park Service on it:

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/eng.htm

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Edit: For those interested, here's another pic from Broad Street that I forgot to post in the thread:

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