Superica

Visiting Krog Street Market on a rainy Monday, I looked out my car window and was drawn to how the rain drops on my window and the rain on the grown reflected with the lights from the Superica sign.

Conclusion

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. 

 

Sources:

Systems, Inc. Yardi. “725 Ponce.” COMMERCIALCafe. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

“154 Krog StreetAtlanta, GA 30307 ·.” LoopNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

 

Description of Krog Street Market

Compared to the 1890s when Krog Street was inhabited by a handful of residents and a few random businesses, the area has experienced a radical change. With more people wondering in and out of the city, more homes being built, more businesses opening up, and more tourists visiting the area, Krog Street Market is a booming built environment.

Repurposing the old Atlanta Stove Works warehouse gives the Krog Street Market an authentic and nostalgic feel.  With a variety of eclectic shops and restaurants the Krog Street Market is the perfect destination for unique and specialty creations. This warehouse is filled with southern-grown restaurants and retail stores, and market stalls to sell produce, goods, and prepared foods. With a west-coast vibe, this space provides a gathering area to socialize with other Atlantans, whether it be sitting down for an exotic meal, browsing at the retail items, grabbing a coffee, or picking up some ingredients for dinner. 

 

 

Sources:

Judi. Blog By Knight. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

“HISTORY OF KROG.” Krog Street Market. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Demographics of Krog Street Area

The demographics of the area surrounding the Krog Street Market have changed drastically since the market itself has opened.

In 1990, when Tyler Perry Studios opened, the population within a 1 mile radius of Krog Street totaled 13,797 people. Within just 15 years, by 2015 the population had grown to 22,903 people, which was just two thousand less than the predicted population for the year 2017. A whopping 52.57% of those 22,903 people are white, while only 38.11% are African American. Just 5 years earlier, there was an equal distribution of white (49.5%) and black people (42.7%) among the population. 

Along with the population, the average household income of the Krog Street area changed as well. In 2011, within a three mile radius of Krog Street, the average household income was approximately $83,949. Just 3 years later, in 2013, the average household income sky rocketed to $124,801, proving that the changes made to the Krog Street area had a drastic impact on the neighborhoods surround that area, including the types of people and income ranges that inhabit that area.

 

Sources:

“49 Krog Street NE.” Distil. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

“Krog Street Market to Capitalize on Historic Atlanta Neighborhood.” Retail Real Estate Services | SRS. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

“44 Krog StreetAtlanta, GA 30307 ·.” LoopNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

“154 Krog StreetAtlanta, GA 30307 ·.” LoopNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

History of Krog Street Market

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.

 

Sources:

“HISTORY OF KROG.” Krog Street Market. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

“49 Krog Street NE.” Distil. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

Introduction

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.   

 

Sources:

Roof, K; Oleru N. (2008). “Public Health: Seattle and King County’s Push for the Built Environment.”. J Environ Health. 71: 24–27.

“Built environment definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary.” Built environment definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

Personal Site Response – Krog Street Bridge

Picture from Pinterest.com

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.

Focused Built Environment- Krog Street Bridge

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.

Photo from Burnaway.org

 

 

 

 
All photos were taken by the Author unless otherwise specified.