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atlanta skyline | by Joel Mann
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atlanta skyline

Viewed from the southeast, allowing the Midtown stream of high-rises to blend into the downtown cluster a little. As Jim Kunstler said, Atlanta's urban core makes sense from the freeway at 70 miles an hour, where the soaring towers are scattered along a two-mile stretch and the downtown freeway swoops around and between them. On the ground, though, it is a disappointing collection of gas stations, corner convenience stores, surface parking lots and, um, the 70-story buildings you see here. None of these components has a clear preeminence in defining or relating to the street; they are all scattered evenly through the center of town, all contributing to the extremely uninviting pedestrian realm of central Atlanta.

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Taken on July 17, 2006