Saturday, June 06, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Downtown Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta

An 'iconic' view of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA: looking west from the Jackson Street Bridge. The cable-television series Walking Dead popularized this vista, if in a digitally altered form. Pandemically-reduced traffic during April and May of this year produced an eerily similar vista.

The local-traffic Jackson Street Bridge crosses over two large highways —the Downtown Connector (I-85/I-75) and Freedom Parkway. It reconnects two neighborhoods that had been sundered by the construction of the roads in the 1960s/70s.

Like most larger American cities, Atlanta (37th most populous, with 507,00 residents) has a skyscraped downtown cityscape.
  • The skyscraper at the far right (north) is SunTrust Plaza —28th-tallest in the world.
  • To its left is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis —aka the Pregnant Building.
  • In the middle, the column-shaped skyscraper (with an antenna) is the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
  • The 2nd skyscraper from the left is 191 Peachtree Tower.
  • The Georgia-Pacific Tower is to the far left.
  • Atlanta's tallest building is the Bank of America Plaza, located just north of downtown in the city's Midtown neighborhood. Built in 1992, it stands 1,023 feet —55 stories. It is the 107th-tallest building in the world, the 21st tallest building in the U.S., and the tallest building in Georgia.

  • As the Atlanta area became HQ for YFGF a few years ago, I thought a snapshot tour, overdue, might be in order.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 23 of 52, for year 2020. See it on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Lumix G 20/F1.7 II.
    • Settings: 20 mm | 1/1000 | ISO 200 | f/10.0
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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