This is a nice shot of Broad Street North from blogger Sethstar. As far as I’m concerned, Broad is the prettiest street we have in my downtown neighborhood. Wide sidewalks, a canopy of trees, lots of stores (almost all restaurants, but I’m not complaining) and pedestrian traffic from GSU students, office workers and residents like me.
Now, I’m as much a fan of old photos of Atlanta as anyone and I love me some ATL nostalgia. But looking at this pic made me think of how the good old days of downtown Atlanta aren’t always better than the present.
Check out the 1950’s-era shot of the street below, from the GSU archives. It was called Broad Street because it used to have four (or is that five?) lanes of car traffic from Peachtree to Marietta. The sidewalks are narrow and there’s not a tree or a scrap of greenery in sight. My verdict: Broad has never been lovelier than it is now.
Speaking of Broad, y’all remember to check out the Brighten Up Broad event that’s happening this Friday evening on Broad Street South — that’s on the southern side of the Five Points MARTA station. Music, food and fun for all.