Friday enjoyable bag: What if we flooded the Connector—for recreation?

Transfer over, Chattahoochee—and meet the Atlanta River.

Okay, probably not. However a time-honored Atlanta custom is to think about varied canker sores of city topography flooded with billions of gallons of water, together with the Gulch, Bellwood Quarry (effectively, that occurred), and infrequently the Downtown Connector.

However by no means earlier than has the dream been rendered so vividly as this.

Utilizing an Urbanize Atlanta aerial photograph from over Atlantic Station, and one other pic by WSB airborne visitors reporter Mark McKay, an city designer named Stone Ray this week compiled pictures changing the Connector with a serpentine physique of water, and he requested: “What if Interstate 75/85 had been a river?”

Think about a Midtown leisure paradise as an alternative of 16 visitors lanes. Stone Ray/@stoneray; authentic picture, Urbanize Atlanta

Ray (@stoneray) works for Birmingham planning and redevelopment advisory agency Orchestra Companions. He tells Urbanize Atlanta these mind-boggling renditions of the waterlogged Connector took just some minutes to compile in Photoshop. (We have provided many extra aerials for him to work his magic on, when time permits.) 

The pictures paint an image of what the ATL would appear to be if, like most main cities, it was truly based on a significant river. Or if we determined someday to make drivers take I-285 as an alternative and flooded Midtown/downtown’s large freeway—which at one level swells to 16 visitors lanes—with superb leisure alternatives.  

Cannonball off the seventeenth Road bridge anyone?

A beautiful dawn over Atlanta River. Stone Ray/@stoneray; authentic picture, Mark McKay/WSB

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