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Atlanta Then & Now (Then & Now)by Michael Rose
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Archive images from Atlanta's early days, when it was known as the "Gate City," are paired with the same view today, as the bustling capital of the New South
Atlanta blends the old-Southern charm and hospitality of its history with the energy of the modern millennial city. Staked out in the 1837 wilderness of northeast Georgia, the site that became Atlanta was identified as the termination point for the as-yet unbuilt railroad line. Since that time, transportation has been key to the city’s growth, from its declaration as the Gate City of the South in 1857, its prominence as a distribution center during the Civil War, to its current designation as home of the nation’s busiest airport. At the end of the 19th century, Atlanta presented itself to the world in a grand international exposition; it closed the next century by bringing the world to Atlanta as it hosted the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Throughout this drive from rural terminal to urban metropolis, Atlanta has witnessed incredible growth. The scenes in this book document this change as the city’s tree-lined avenues and country crossroads gave way to high-rises, busy city intersections, and community growth. Atlanta: Then and Now is a captivating chronicle of history and change since the dawn of the camera age. It pairs historic photographs, many more than a century old, with specially commissioned views of the same scene as it exists today to show the evolution of Atlanta from its early years to the very different city that it is today. Sites include: Ellis, Hunter, Alabama, Marietta, Peachtree and Decatur Streets, Train Gulch, Cabbage Town, Inman Park, Georgian Terrace, Terminal Station, The Castle, and Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta Then and Now is a captivating chronicle of history and change since the dawn of the camera age. It pairs historic photographs, many over a century old, with specially commissioned views of the same scene as it exists today showing the evolution of Atlanta.
•The capital of the New South, Atlanta blends the old-Southern charm and hospitality of its history with the fast pace and energy of the modern millennial city.
•With comprehensive data about the citys evolution, this new compact edition of Atlanta Then and Now is the perfect take-along size for locals and tourists alike.
•Whether youre a city slicker or a nature lover, this book offers stunning views of everything from sculpted skylines to wooded drives and green spaces.
•Stroll through the water jets of the Fountain of Rings, part of Centennial Olympic Park—21 acres of green space—created for the 1996 Olympic Games.
•Visit the historic Biltmore Hotel and see how it has been renovated into office, retail, and residential space.
Celebrating America's favorite cityscapes, this series combines historic interest and contemporary beauty. Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. A visual lesson in the historic changes of our greatest urban landscapes.
About the Author
A native of southern Indiana, author Michael Rose has lived and worked in Atlanta for over twenty years. He is currently Director of Archives and Research Services at the Atlanta History Center's archival facility, the James G. Kenan Research Center. Having worked for years in the museum, gallery, and archival fields, he has written two previous photo books on Atlanta, one about 20th-century photojournalism, Atlanta Scenes, and Atlanta: A Portrait of the Civil War, documenting the wartime experience of the city and its residents.
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