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Mistakes Of The Past

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Downtown Atlanta was once a dense urban area with a streetcar running through it, then as the era of the car dawned, the tracks were ripped up and parking structures spread like kudzu on a hot summer's day. (So many awful concrete monsters have grown up over the years that Curbed Atlanta was able to assemble a Parking Garage Hall of Shame.) As George Santayana aptly pointed out: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," so as Atlanta attempts to usher in a new era of walkability, public transit and density, it's worth taking a moment to reflect on the historic images showing what happened last time the city removed public transportation in favor of automobile-centric planning. [ATL Urbanist]