BIG thanks to a fellow Downtown resident named Ryan for sending this. It’s a 1940s “Soldier’s Map of Atlanta for Men and Women of the Armed Forces,” published by Georgia Power, the company that ran Atlanta’s streetcar system at the time.
The map shows all the locations that one could reach by streetcar, bus and “trackless trolley” (I assume those are buses running on electrical overhanging wires) at the time. It’s a good way to see how different the built environment was back then, with most everything worth visiting clustered close to the city center — which had not yet been dissected and disconnected by the interstates.
Make sure to notice the signs of the times: there are “white” and “colored” service centers and YMCA buildings on the map. There’s also a separate lounge for service women.
The two full pages of the map can be opened via the links below. Map nerds, assemble!
I’m very happy to read that an investor is getting a loan from the city’s Invest Atlanta office in order to turn the beautiful Flatiron Building in Downtown Atlanta into a startup hub. This building has been mostly empty and underused for many years and it’s great to see something finally happening.
Atlanta Business Chronicle has the story. Here’s a quote:
[Arun ] Nijhawan, a distressed real estate investor, expects to acquire the Flatiron in March and have it renovated by the end of the year…The development will include more than 36,000 square feet of collaborative workspace designed for more than 330 creatives, and design-led startups and entrepreneurs.
Invest Atlanta will be providing a $1.5 million loan to offset the expected $10 million cost of acquisition and renovation of the building.
And did I mention this is right on the streetcar line? I didn’t? It turns out — this building (along with the hundreds of new creatives that will be inside it) is right on the streetcar line. Woot.
Photo from Flickr user tstuckey