Reinventing these neighborhoods and introducing these new marketplaces has made a dramatic difference on the demographics of these areas. The population of both neighborhoods has increased and transitioned into being made up of primarily white people in their mid 30’s. The average income rate has risen, property value has risen, and the crime rate has decreased. These markets draw more people into these areas due to the entertainment and job opportunities that they hold.
However, despite the many positive aspects of these built environments, there are a few negatives aspects as well, such as the displacement of the original residents of the area. When these built environments take over the area, causing population rates to rise, an increase in demand of housing also takes place. This results in an increase of the prices of housing, which forces many of the original residents to relocate in order to find more affordable housing options. Since these areas are becoming increasingly popular, the amount of traffic, pollution, and construction, along with the noise levels, have risen.
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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.
All photos were taken by the Author unless otherwise specified.