7th Street Building to be Demolished

Members of the Midtown SPI-16 & SPI-17 Development Review Committee have expressed frustration over not being better equipped in preventing building owners from allowing Midtown structures to fall in disrepair.

See the accompanying video about the impending demolishing of a former residential building on 7th Street and how it relates to Midtown's architectural fabric.

Don e January 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
All should be ashamed who said they did not care about this building coming down. Atlanta has a love affair with tearing down old buildings. The greatest cities in the USA embrace their old neighbors and give character to their cities. Atlanta just does not seem to get it. Don't blame the developers, place the blame on those who allow this to happen. Shame on the Atlanta city council.
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
@ Dookie Doo You are right Atlanta will never be Boston or NYC. Those cities were built up in a completely different time in a completely different mannor. If you are a true Atlantan (by birth or by just living here) then you would want Atlanta to have it's own identity. And it's fully because those cities are tearing town old buildings all the time but because there are much more of them to go around there isn't an issue. I like living in a modern city. I don't want to go around a see a bunch of old renovated buildings. You want the new on the inside but have the city look old from the outside? I live seeing new modern towers and buildings. I like my new city. If those that were building NYC and Boston were into "preserving history" you wouldn't have those cites the way they are today. You don't think they had to tear down areas to rebuild. Look at the WTC site; that was a bunch of low rise older buildings that they tore down to create that site for the twin towers. Look at Boston when they had to tear down hundreds of buildings for the elevated highway they once had downtown. You don't hear anyone talking about preservation. Now Boston has a completely new interstate and with taking the elevated interstate down can now rebuild those areas. And we all know why there is being a new WTC built. Point is every city tears down and starts over so we don't need to keep every old building just because it was built in the 1930s and 40s. That's not character.
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
First let's define character; per dictionary.com it is the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. That doesn't give a time frame. That means that everything old doesn't necessarily give a city character. I've never been but look at a city like Dubai. They have a lot of new building that give the city a modern new look. That is that cities character. NYC has a lot of older buidings mixed in with new skyscrapers. That is NYC's character. Keeping every old build just because it is old isn't character. There are pleny of old neighborhoods for ATL to embrace their "old character." Midtown just isn't one of them. Look at downtown and see that there are plenty of older buildings there. But because downtown isn't as favorable as Midtown no one cares. I hate looking at the skylines of cities like Baltimore and Cincinnati that keep these old looking downtowns. ATL's looks new and modern. ATL is a modern, progressive area and just because our streets aren't covered everywhere with a bunch of old buildings doesn't mean ATL doesn't have character. I'm glad we aren't following other cities and doing OUR thang! Those that don't like it go live in those old cities with their old character!
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Sorry for all the gramattical errors
Priscilla January 15, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I had the pleasure of living at 109 7th Street back in the mid 80's. At that time two of the units were occupied by successful architects who truly admired the structure and it's details. The building was beautiful and had a character of it's own. It was an expensive building to maintain and the owners at that time were only able to keep it habitable. There were prostitutes on the street out front. They kept an eye on the building when we weren't around an problem saved us a few break-ins. It was a wonderful place to live with it's polished hardwood floors, crown mouldings and plentitude of windows. I hope that whoever commented that it was a "dump even then" has found his chrome and glass home in the burbs. It was a shame that no one could have saved this building,


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