Over the years, Krog Street and the area surrounding it has changed drastically. These changes that were brought upon Krog Street began to draw in various new businesses to the area, along with a new crowd of people.
In 1889, the Atlanta Stove Works, which is located on Krog Street in Atlanta, introduced the Barrett Range to the field of cooking. By 1935 the Atlanta Stove Works was making approximately $500,000 per year. Some 30 years later, in 1969, under the leadership of Mr. Saunders Jones, sales had grown in excess of $35 million per year with employment of over 500 people. After being in business for almost 100 years, the Atlanta Stove Works closed their doors in 1987. After years of abandonment, the factory was transformed into a mixed-use development of offices and restaurants. Two years later, Tyler Perry purchased the land for $7 million, and eventually transformed it into his studio, which he called “Tyler Perry Studios”, where he made 16 movies, 14 stage plays, and 5 television programs. In 2012, the idea of Krog Street Market was developed, with plans to make the space into a mixed-use “epicurean center.” Only one year later, Krog Street Market officially announced its first seven tenants, which included 4 restaurants and cafes, a bakery, a florist, and a gift shop.The following year, in 2014, three of the seven tenants opened their doors for business. Two months later, in November of 2014, Krog Street Market officially opens.
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Built environments originated in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a beautification process in attempt to draw the upper class into the city to spend their money. The term built environment is defined as “the humanitarian-made space in which people live, work, and recreate on a day-to-day basis”, or in simplest terms it is any man made area that “provides a setting for human activity”. Areas that fit this description include parks, neighborhoods, shopping centers, office buildings, and areas of the like. Recently, the definition of built environments was expanded to include access to healthy foods, community gardens, mental health, walkability, and bikeability.
Throughout the years, many unfavorable neighborhoods have been refurbished in an attempt to redefine the neighborhood by drawing in a new and preferably higher income crowd. The idea behind drawing in a higher income crowd is to eventually push out those with a lower income, which in turn would reduce the crime rates in that area, increase the cash expenditure, and increase job opportunities.
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When I first walked around the Fairlie Poplar District, I immediately noticed how Broad Street and Peachtree Street were lined with restaurants and shops.. Secondly, I noticed the homeless people hanging out across the street at Woodruff Park, along a brick wall facing Peachtree Street, watching the people as they pass by. At first, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of people and all of the hustle and bustle going on around Broad Street and Peachtree Street. But, after spending a significant amount of time exploring the Fairlie Poplar District, I felt cheerful, carefree, and at peace. This district felt like a cute little city of its own, filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes.. Some of the roads were paved with bricks to add a charming, old town feel to the area. The outdoor seating areas occupied by students of Georgia State University made the area feel welcoming and friendly. The area along Broad Street and Peachtree Street reminded me of a smaller version of New Orleans, with the multitude of people filtering in and out of the restaurants and shops. The various smells of fried foods and coffee, along with the sounds of cars passing and people carrying on conversations was also reminiscent of a miniature New Orleans.
The Fairlie Poplar District, located in downtown Atlanta, is named for the two streets that cross at its center; Fairlie and Poplar. Covering approximately 10 acres of downtown Atlanta, the Fairlie Poplar District is made up of a variety of restaurants, shops, hotels, and office buildings, some of which belong to Georgia State University, such as the Aderhold Building and the Rialto Center for the Arts Building.
Wafting through the air is a multitude of different smells and aromas which seem to be coming from the nearby restaurants and shops, including a hookah lounge. Lining the southeast perimeter of the Fairlie Poplar District is Peachtree Street, which is made up of a plethora of restaurants, including Moe’s, Arby’s, Cafe Hot Wings 11, Reuben’s Deli, and Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup. The parade of restaurants continues on Broad Street, which lies just west of Peachtree Street, complete with a Subway, Quizno’s, NaanStop, Smoothie King, Landmark Diner, and JR Crickets. Throughout the district there are multiple coffee shops and cafes to kick back and relax at. Walking down Broad Street, the air feels thick with the scent of different foods as students and people fill the streets while they pop in and out of the restaurants and shops that line the southeast perimeter of the Fairlie Poplar District.
When I visited the Krog Street bridge, my first thought was that I didn’t feel completely safe, I was a little nervous, and a little uncertain about how this experience would turn out. However, after spending a significant amount of time under the bridge admiring the artwork, I slowly become more and more comfortable. In fact, I even began to feel inspired by all of the incredible artwork. As I walked through the tunnel, I took note of the different kinds of graffiti on the walls. Some of the graffiti looked juvenile and inexperienced, while it was obvious that some of the other pieces had a lot of thought, emotion, and time put into them. The variations between the styles and colors of the graffiti grasped my attention. Some pieces were simple, and even appeared to have been a stencil.
Meanwhile other pieces, which appeared to have been painted free hand, were more elaborate and detailed.
A number of these works of art found under the Krog Street bridge, had a clear message behind them, however, there was also an assortment of artwork that does not appear to have any kind of obvious meaning attached to it.
It is clear that the artist of this graffiti painting is very talented and experienced, but there does not seem to be any obvious meaning behind graffiti-ing the word “theme” onto a wall under the Krog Street bridge.
After being in the tunnel and taking in the various pieces of graffiti artwork, I began to feel inspired. I no longer felt scared or intimidated or nervous, I began to feel free and light, and motivated to learn how to do graffiti! The tunnel was nicely equipped with a sidewalk on both sides of the roadway, along with a handrail to separate the sidewalk from the roadway. The sidewalk was even thoughtfully lit up with sconce-like wall mounted lights! Despite the beautiful artwork and the thoughtful sidewalk, the amount of trash and debris I found in the tunnel was disappointing. I feel like such an inspirational place should be respected more than it is. This is a great place for photo shoots, whether the subject is the graffiti itself, or a model with the graffiti as a unique and trendy backdrop. I also think that this is a great place to go explore on an adventure since there are so many different sites to see.
All of the pictures were taken by the Author unless otherwise specified.
The Krog Street bridge, located at 1 Krog Street NE in Atlanta, is known for its graffiti covered walls. The graffiti under the bridge is a variety of detailed artwork, simple phrases, and everything in between.
The majority of the graffiti is brightly colored and creative. Some of the artwork appears to have a meaning behind it, meanwhile other pieces seem to be random phrases .
A few of these artists used mediums other than spray paint, as shown in this photo. This artist used what appears to be vines from a kudzu plant to form the word “Kudzu” and then spray painted over the kudzu with green paint. There was also an abundance of posters and signs promoting various events, such as concerts, comedy and acting shows, festivals, and even advertising for local restaurants and shops.
Under the bridge it was cold, with a slight breeze passing through. The air smelled vaguely of trash, cigarette smoke, and gasoline. There was a multitude of trash scattered throughout the tunnel, such as cups, soda cans and beer bottles, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and items of that sort. Although it didn’t seem like many cars were passing through the tunnel, there is a sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. The sidewalk is enclosed by handrails and dimly lit by a row of wall “sconces”.
The areas surrounding the bridge are decorated with more artwork, including murals and cartoons.
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While exploring the nooks and crannies of Atlanta, my friend and I discovered a rather intriguing tunnel under a bridge. The tunnel was completely covered in a collage of graffiti, made up of various mediums. This spray painted sign was one of the many works of art that we found in the tunnel.