L and I were in Atlanta this weekend, visiting friends and family. I took this photograph from our hotel room at about 7 PM on Saturday night.
I used to live in Atlanta, and a lot has changed in the almost ten years since I've left. It was going through a huge building and population boom then, but today Atlanta has become what I call Los Angeles without the beach. There's no rhyme or reason to the development, and strip malls and housing developments seem to be placed with all the urban planning skills of a blind man throwing a dart at a map. Granted, a four bedroom house in Atlanta costs less than a 700 square foot apartment in New York City, but, at least in my neighborhood, independently owned businesses outnumber chain stores by ten to one and everything I need is within walking distance. The most walking I did in Atlanta was through the airport, and if I had wanted to get to the shopping mall seen in the distance from our hotel I almost certainly would have had to drive.
Part of what I liked about Atlanta when I lived there was its green space and abundant trees. But that's quickly being lost to what some people would call progress. A place where a friend and I used to go mountain biking is now an office park. They literally paved paradise to put up a parking lot. As much fun as it was to see everyone, I was a bit distressed to drive around the city and not see much of a city at all, just one sprawling suburb. I was everywhere and nowhere all at once.
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Ever since our delayed honeymoon, I've been getting a little more into photography. I took this shot of Ground Zero from my sister's apartment in Battery Park City. (Click on image to open up a bigger size.)
More shots from that vantage point can be found on my Flickr page.
Just a quick reminder: I'll be a guest on the Martha Stewart Living radio network on Sirius Satellite Radio this Wednesday, February 14th, from noon to 1 PM. Rumor has it I'll be on for most of the hour, talking to Darcy Miller, the editor of Martha Stewart Weddings.
You'll need a subscription to listen in, but you might also be able to try signing up for a free trial. I have no idea how long a free trial lasts, so you might want to do it right before the show airs.