30 April 2008


"life on the curve" is 1010's catchy little slogan, but the old firestone store, which it replaced, was a very much cooler building----


from a gen y human, as quoted on andrewsullivan:

I'll just put that out there. If Obama is done in by this whole Wright thing I am done with politics. I can't invest myself in something that is so sure to disappoint me time and time and time again. If the Democratic party decides that it can not risk nominating a great and decent African American man because his pastor is a scary African American man, it does not deserve power because it will have caved to what is worst about America. Racists on both sides of the divide will rejoice at having taking down the biggest threat to their belief system since Martin Luther King....and young people like myself will burrow deeper into to the holes we were in before Barack Obama dug us out.

tough times

NEW YORK - The for-sale listings on the online hub Craigslist come with plaintive notices, like the one from the teenager in Georgia who said her mother lost her job and pleaded, "Please buy anything you can to help out."

29 April 2008

obama on "rev." wright

i don't know what else he can do----wright is clearly a total idiot

28 April 2008


viewpoint appears to be finished, and i've even seen a few lights on at night, but no other signs of life---the store fronts are all dressed up with no place to go---

the palomar hotel, which dog is completely ignoring, is about halfway to the top---

mimus polyglottos

mockingbirds are the best and have great names in english and in latin----there was always one on sinclair avenue who would wake me up some spring mornings, since they like to sing at 4 in the morning--- when i moved, it was good to hear one over here my first spring---since then i've seen and heard him a lot---he and/or she even stopped on my balcony railing for a brief moment one day---now the bird is apparently nesting in the trees and shrubs at the back of the old bank lot----it was dive bombing guinness, and as i was watching him raising hell on top of the wall at the back of the property, this woman stopped and asked if it was the bird "that liked to touch people"---i said it might have a nest, just as a second guy stopped to say the bird had pecked him on the head---when i told robert he said it had rushed at him the other day, too---they are fierce defenders of their nests, as all the poor people schlepping back and forth to the marta station must be finding out---

27 April 2008

evolving landmarks

peachtree place was laid out in 1895 with a one block landscaped median (north avenue had a similar feature at one time as well)---the margaret mitchell house was built in 1899 in what was then the middle of the block and was the first building on the block---in 1902, willis denny, architect of rhodes hall, among others, designed a great classical revival house that was built on the south end of the block---the margaret mitchell house is visible in the background, the only historic image of the house on its original location that has been found---

commercial development of the Peachtree Street frontage began in 1904 while houses were built on both sides of the Crescent Apartments in 1905----another apartment building and more stores were constructed on the peachtree side of the block in 1906, and in 1913, the margaret mitchell house was moved to the rear of its lot and reoriented with a crescent avenue address so that the peachtree street frontage could be developed commercially----in 1919 the house was converted into the ten-unit crescent apartments----five years later, the classical revival house at the south end of the block was knocked down for construction of a new a & p grocery store----by then the block was almost completely built up, with residences on crescent avenue and a theater and retail stores on peachtree and peachtree place---in 1954, the theater at the corner of Peachtree and Tenth and the two houses just north of the Crescent Apartments were demolished in order to widen Tenth Street to eliminate one of the dog-legs that impeded automobile traffic and low-rise office building replaced the two houses on crescent just south of the margaret mitchell house---in the mid-1980s, everything but the mitchell house and the 1924 commercial row that is now proposed for landmark status were demolished, which created a scene that mitchell herself would not recognize----

crescent avenue

Before the Federal Reserve Bank was constructed in 2001, Crescent Avenue, the street that bisects the Atlanta History Center’s property, actually formed a crescent and it was apparent how it had once been a portion of an earlier alignment of Peachtree Street when it was still a country wagon road. Older than the city itself, the road followed the topography and originally looped around a deep ravine where the bank now sits. In the wake of the Civil War, a shanty town evolved around the gulch, gaining notoriety 1867, when John Plaster and Jerome Cheshire, sons of two of the old pioneers in the area, were assaulted. Plaster’s death and Cheshire’s serious injury provoked a large public outcry, and there were vigilante efforts to clean up the area. It was noted that it could be "a mighty tight squeeze getting through there with your life," giving rise to the area’s nickname, Tight Squeeze. By 1872, there was a church at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Plaster Bridge Road (near present Eighth Street) along with a wagon yard, a blacksmith shop, several small wooden stores, and “the Tight Squeezers up and down the gulch.”

As the city grew in the 1880s, suburban development began to occur, especially after the city’s exposition grounds were opened at Piedmont Park in 1887. As part of the preparations for the first exp
osition, the gulch at Tight Squeeze was filled and Peachtree Road realigned between Eighth and Twelfth Streets. By 1900, the old portion of the road had become Crescent Avenue.

now ain't that inneresting?

the viewshed

Excellent news for the view: the Atlanta History Center, which now owns and operates the Margaret Mitchell House, has apparently finalized their plans for the property. They are reported to have sold the parking lot and c. 1960 bank building, where the Tara entranceway is on display, for $7 million, which will form an endowment for the Margaret Mitchell House. A condo or office building will go up on the site but is supposed to be limited to 12 stories. In addition, they are transferring, presumably for a good bit of money, development rights for the 1920s commercial row where the visitor center is now located. It will be designated a city landmark, giving it the same protection as the Margaret Mitchell House itself. On the south side of Peachtree Place, the Palmer Apartments (1907) and Phelan Court Apartments (1915), some of the city's earliest apartment buildings, are also protected as city landmarks. The landscaped median in the first block of Peachtree Place is historic, too, completing an excellent little historic district that I walk through almost every day. Hearings on the rezoning that will make all that happen are scheduled for May.

22 April 2008

fox "news"

we no longer have a functioning free press, which you have to have in order to have a functioning democracy---foxs "news" is, and for most of its existence always has been, nothing but the mouthpiece for corporate/republican america---and for untold millions this is their only source of news---they are sharpening their knives for obama---watch this if you don't believe me:

20 April 2008

new politics

sharpton and robertson together for wecansolveit.org, a project of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection----kinda leaves one speechless----

building and flowering

they're getting close with 1010----the lowe's hotel is just getting out of the ground---stuff is growing and blooming----

green things

the red oak across the street has been almost fluorescent the last few days

19 April 2008

one more from the sixties

procol harum, 1967---back when, a lot of the rocknrollers didn't know what to do with their music---the beginning of art rock

17 April 2008


holy crap! nephew-in-law daniel, whose chief political influence has been rush limbaugh, is now all for obama---or so he told me, although alexis was asking, "since when?" but he seemed to be serious---now i want to know why, which i didn't get to hear because we got sidetracked into a wierd rant from jeff about how none of it mattered and that all we needed was for people to work together "at the community level," or something---roads, national defense? oh, we'll have to work on that----jeez----

13 April 2008

12 April 2008

the deep freeze

which is where they found this 37,000-year-old carcass of a baby wooly mammoth----innards all intact---

dog redux

i worried too soon about the dex/guinness dynamic---it's all chasing each other and having a good time already----early this afternoon it was like something snapped and suddenly dexter doesn't think the dog is such a problem after all---they have been running around, playing little dog and cat games---now if we can just keep the pee outside, we'll be all set----

11 April 2008


so he's here--------and the name's guinness, thanks to robert------i had been thinking about henry but then decided tyrone would be better----then somebody said something about his being black and tan and robert piped up "guinness," so guinness it is---

a great little dog---kinda skinny, but he'll fatten up---

hasn't gone as smoothly with the dex as i had hoped---guinness hasn't gotten whacked yet, which needs to happen in order to establish proper boundaries, but he has figured out that the cat absolutely does not want to play with him----i'm taking a long weekend and maybe some more next week, hoping the transition will go quickly, he won't whine when i leave, and dexter won't be all freaked out----

09 April 2008

animal minds

the march issue of natl geographic had a wonderful cover story "inside animal minds"---all sorts of animals and how researchers are documenting what all us animal lovers already knew: many of them (all of them?) most certainly have minds and consciousness---including that cow that is now a hamburger----

oh. my. god.

you have never seen anything to compare with this----it gave me chills---chills of awe---

05 April 2008

jardin de metropolis

i thought that we had lost a lot of our trees, hit hard by last year's easter freeze and then the drought and water restrictions in the fall---but they are all alive, some just slow to emerge---all this dampness has been great----

landmarks, continued

nearly all of the old bungalows and four-squares west of peachtree are gone----the house on w ptree at 12th (which was some trashy club the last time i went in it, sometime in the last century), along with the row of 1920s commercial buildings just to the north, will be gone as soon as the economy improves----likewise, some of the old trees are still there, for now---the red oak on 12th shaded a fine little bungalow, until a couple of years ago it burned---the tree now shelters the sales office for 1010, rising over it to the east----

the next slums

"For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s—slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay. . . .
American metropolitan residential patterns and cultural preferences are mirror opposites of those in the 1940s. Most Americans now live in single-family suburban houses that are segregated from work, shopping, and entertainment; but it is urban life, almost exclusively, that is culturally associated with excitement, freedom, and diverse daily life. And as in the 1940s, the real-estate market has begun to react."

02 April 2008

a fitting tribute

Looking to honor the forty-third President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, the recently formed Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is looking to change the name of the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility. It seems the group would like to rename the SF Zoo adjacent facility to the "George W Bush Sewage Plant."

i especially like the plungers----

poor zimbabwe

from today's nytimes----i can't even imagine what their lives must be like----georgia sux sometimes, but nothing like zimbabwe under mugabe----from the continent's richest country and its bread basket to a total wreck in only two decades----