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A Creative Loafing column titled "Atlanta needs a design director" should read like gospel for those who bash the city's tendencies toward uninspired, cookie-cutter architecture. The piece is a rallying cry for raising the aesthetic bar when it comes to Atlanta's next great vertical wave — and for hiring a design director, or small team of three to five people, to hold sway with developers by acting as an independent (and powerful) arbiter. Insists the author: "In addition to preserving what beautiful buildings still stand from Atlanta's past, we need to make concerted efforts to ensure what gets built in the future is our own, interesting, and authentic." A must-read. [CL]