I’ve written fairly often about the ecology of Atlanta, specifically the city’s drive to bulldoze downtown buildings and thereby erase much of its own past. This erasure of a city’s past is certainly not unique to Atlanta (as Mike Davis’s amazing City of Quartz illustrates), but because I’ve called it home for so much of my life, Atlanta’s problems are particulalry interesting for me. Via Jen, I’ve just come across the collectively-authored Bloglanta, which addresses many of these issues.
Of particular interest to me: Robert’s entry on five destroyed and five endangered Atlanta buildings. Robert alludes to the work being done by the Atlanta Preservation Society, but notes that they have little power against some of the city’s real estate giants. I was intrigued to learn that some of the threatened buildings include the Winecoff Hotel (1913), the site of America’s deadliest hotel fire, and the Crawford and Company Building, I. M. Pei’s first commercial project.