Alison Ruth Schmitt 
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Re: “Atlanta needs a design director

I don't think anyone would dispute that Atlanta is an architecturally ugly city. Only the trees and greenery are truly pretty. I moved here from San Francisco, so you can imagine my shock. Several months in and I am still suffering from a constant visual chafing as I move around the city, combined with staring into an aesthetic void as my eyes search for something pleasing to rest upon. The bland condos, horrendous faux classical and faux deco of Midtown, alongside endless miles of depressing slapdash strip mall functionality sit heavy on my soul.

As this article states, Atlanta's salvation now lies in the hands of good future planners. However, for me, the jarring absence of pre-WWII buildings, (where is all the Late Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Moderne that you see in other big cities???) means that Atlanta will never have the graceful, luscious architectural heart that would make it truly great.

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Posted by Alison Ruth Schmitt on 07/03/2014 at 12:43 PM

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