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To shape our environment in an intelligent, realistic, enriched and economic manner visual links are needed in the environment to connect us to the constructive and energetic spirit of past humanity. As such, old buildings continue to enrich their surroundings with a tactile connection to the intelligence, value systems and positive commercial energies of past entrepreneurs, architects, and craftsmen--as old buildings are preserved among new infill buildings, a stimulating environment is created and preserved for the many proceeding generations who will live and work in Atlanta in the next millennium. Diversity in the built environment indicates a well functioning society and well used old buildings add spice and wholeness to life.
Another rich communication tool of our culture is the internet. The malleability of this media form has the vast potential to make the impartment of ideas and research as natural and seamless as thought itself. Over-all society will become more integrated, organized, energetic and creative because of this seamlessness. Hopefully your experience of this site has enriched your perception of the sometimes scanky Artery.Research for the Artery site began as a natural curiosity about the building in which I live and work and gradually expanded with awareness of this building as a part of a system of old buildings all springing from the railway. There is a lot of scattered out information about this area and it was interesting to put as much of it as possible in one place.
In terms of information sources, the skeletal structure of this site is taken from National Register public records, the Atlanta History Center general records and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and the Pullen Library Photographic Collections and Archives at Georgia State University. The many gaps were filled in by people who have lived in the area and seen it change. The authors' richest source of this connective information is talkative Franklin M Garrett, the father of Atlanta history (who jumped up and found Sara Huffs My 80 Years in Atlanta in the middle of one of our interviews) and Mr. Robert Haywood, the owner of Murray Mill, who has lived in the area since the 1950s while going to school at Georgia Tech. There are still many gaps. Personal accounts or any other forms of information regarding this area of Atlanta are sought and will be fully credited to the source.
F M Hamilton
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