Friday, July 20, 2007

Krog Street an 'eyesore'?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2007 at 10:24 PM

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A story in yesterday's AJC about the rebirth of DeKalb Avenue contained a rather insulting reference to what I consider to be one of the thoroughfare's most colorful landmarks.

I'm talking about the Krog Street tunnel.

The story made much ado about how DeKalb Avenue was coming back to life, as evidenced by the influx of the young and affluent to shiny new condos:

It's a stark contrast to the graffiti-covered train trestle at DeKalb Avenue and Krog Street, just a few hundred feet away. ... Such sights once were common along the mostly industrial thoroughfare, which runs parallel to two rail lines. But as condos and apartments go up, slowly the graffiti and other eyesores are disappearing.

Personally, I love the rust and the grit, the imperfections and pure urban-ness of DeKalb Avenue — and the Krog Street tunnel in particular. When I was a teenager exploring the city, such a welcome reprieve from the soulless burbs, it was my favorite stretch of road. I'd hate to see it morph into a replica of the East Cobb homogeny from which I tried to escape.

I'm curious about what you readers think. Krog Street tunnel: eyesore or urban chic?

(Photo credit: Eric Adolff)

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