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08/05/14 Blog # ,

Throwback Thursday: The Atlanta Beltline Edition

In high school, my friends and I considered ourselves quite the urban explorers. We broke into abandoned insane asylums, prisons, and hiked around on the Beltline before it was paved and manicured into the urban beauty it is today. Back then, I had no idea what would come of the dilapidated old train tracks, but I’m so glad we took these pictures.

 

 

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That bridge up ahead is North Highland Ave. Today, this pathway is filled with cyclists, walkers, runners, and everyone in between on their way to or from Piedmont Park (excuse the ugly pink purse, I made it myself and was very proud) (you know what, just excuse how we look in general, we were 16. I thought jorts were okay?).

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These two pictures above are inside what is now Parish Market—it used to be an abandoned bank building! There was even a vault with a heavy metal door, and as we tiptoed inside to explore, I was terrified some evil stranger might come behind and slam it shut. 196311_1009376830723_3435_n

To the left of where this picture was taken is Two Urban Licks (you can see the Telephone Factory Lofts up ahead on the left). We met a guy here who told us they’d recently found a dead homeless person in the brush off to the right of this picture; it was in the news and everything. I was always the more cautious one, so after this I would go exploring with a knife and 911 ready on my phone.199543_1009376510715_679_n

The bridge overlooking North Ave/The Masquerade. You can also see the spot where the Old Fourth Ward Park is now—it used to be a dirt lot used for Masquerade parking. 200363_1009376150706_7640_n
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And this amazing sight is the Ponce bridge! Probably one of the first parts of the Beltline I saw completed once they got started. Just check out the overgrowth past the bridge! This structure used to be incredibly ugly and unsafe, with open holes in the bridge that led directly to the street below. On the left, Ford Factory Lofts!188757_1009375950701_5958_n

Eastside trail, leading up to Ponce City Market/Paris on Ponce. I can’t remember if PCM was still City Hall East at this point, or if it’d already been closed.

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Nasty old fences, construction, and more decay. And me, wearing flip flops to trek through it. 200139_1009377550741_9697_n

I’m not even sure where this is specifically, I know it’s leading up to where Atlanta Beltline Bikes is now.
198479_1009376950726_4457_nA picture of teenage me on the bridge over Ralph McGill, you can see the Telephone lofts again on the right (and Ponce City Market way off in the distance).

 

 

Between you and me, internet, I’m loving the new look!

 

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Throwback Thursday: The Atlanta Beltline Edition
08/05/14 Blog

They Say Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Back at the beginning of April I published an infographic on Paste, detailing how long it would take to watch various shows if you went from start to finish, nonstop. I took my time and made it as informative as possible. It did pretty well on our site, and I was proud of it.

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They Say Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
03/05/14 Blog # , ,

The Best of Arcade Fire at Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA

I’ve really enjoyed setting up location-specific alerts, so that every picture Instagrammed in a certain location goes into a Dropbox I specify. Ryan and I went to Arcade Fire last night, but since we had lawn seats and were pretty far back, I was curious to see what people were grammin’ from up close! Here are my favorites.

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The Best of Arcade Fire at Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA
13/04/14 Blog , Wish List # , , , , , , , , ,

Spring Style Wishlist

It’s warm again, it’s warm again! Time to stop my usual habit of wearing all black and gray and pop some color! It’s been so dark and cold in Atlanta though, I’ve almost forgotten what spring is like. Here are my picks for some spring style inspiration — I’m ready for yard sales, thrifting, popsicles, and arts festivals!

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10/04/14 Blog , Inspiration # , , , , , , , , ,

A Study of Collaborative Public Art Projects

Since the conclusion of my collaborative mapping project, I’ve been pondering ways to develop it further. I think holding the initial piece in a gallery setting affected the results, for better or for worse, and I want to change the setting of the project to see how responses would change. I want to put the map outside.

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18/03/14 Blog , Travel # , , , , , , , , , ,

My Mom’s Trip to Romania, Told in Pictures and Emails

Last Sunday afternoon I drove my mom to the Atlanta International airport and walked her to the gate. She was flying out to Romania to be the sole presenter in a three day conference on child custody law. My mom’s an expert in the field, you see, and someone in Eastern Europe noticed. They brought her from America, all expenses paid, to work with Romanian psychologists on improving child custody practices and care in their country (according to one of the hosts, a harsh dictator from times past disallowed the practice of psychology in Romania for decades, and they were struggling to rebuild).
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