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Atlanta: Driving Through the Heart.

Almost always being the driver when going through Atlanta on the interstate I don’t have many chances to capture the city from out on the open road. That changed last month when I was a passenger. I had my camera in hand. All the shots are from the Downtown Connector (officially named James Wendell George Parkway), where I-75 and I-85 come together through the heart of the ATL.

Heading south you first come across Atlantic Station. It’s a live-work-play neighborhood, built-in 2005, and has a unique skyline of its own. There are lot’s of shopping and entertainment options. Gotta get some signage in the shots too. 🙂

Atlanta -

Straight ahead now is Midtown and its skyline to the left and the Downtown skyline is further back to the right. You can’t tell from this angle, but there are 20-lanes of traffic that go through here. Thank goodness it’s not rush hour.

Atlanta - Midtown, Downtown

Cruising along in the carpool lane. 🙂

Atlanta - Midtown, carpool lane

The Bank of America Plaza building stands out in Midtown. It’s the tallest building in Atlanta, Georgia and the South and the tallest in the United States outside of New York and Chicago. You’ll also notice the Olympic Games memorial tower. The actual Olympic flame from the 1996 Olympics sits near Turner Field today.

Atlanta - Midtown skyline, Olympic torch

Quickly glancing off to the left, you see The Varsity. A historical and touristy 1950’s style burger joint. Look for the red V!

Atlanta - Midtown, The Varsity

After passing through Midtown, you have the Downtown skyline right in front of you that you’ll about to weave through. The tallest building in Downtown is SunTrust Plaza.

Atlanta - Downtown skyline

Captured a couple of shots coming into the city and Downtown area traveling northbound.

Atlanta - Downtown from the south

Atlanta - Downtown from the south

The aforementioned Turner Field you’ll pass along to your right. It’s home of to the Atlanta Braves baseball team and was originally the Olympic stadium during the 1996 games.

Atlanta - Turner Field

It was great being a passenger on this day going through the ATL, well any skyline for that matter. Hope to do it again soon. I’ll have my camera ready!

Have you ever captured any city skylines as a car passenger or wished you could as you were driving through?

Photo of the Week: Atlanta from the Friendly Skies.

I thought I was high up when I captured the ATL from the 73rd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza. On a recent flight into Atlanta, I had a chance to capture this photo from the air!

On the far left you can see the Georgia Dome with the white roof. To the right of that are Downtown and Midtown. The skylines for each are right above the wing. Beautiful.

Atlanta, Georgia from the Friendly Skies.

Centennial Olympic Park and Downtown Atlanta.

Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta. It’s home to Home Depot, Turner, CNN and The Weather Channel. It’s a college football and NASCAR hot bed. It’s known as Hotlanta due to the summer’s extreme heat and humidity and it continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

This will be a first in a series of posts spread over time highlighting some of my favorite to-do’s in the various neighborhoods within and regions around Atlanta. Why not start with downtown?

Centennial Olympic Park - Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park. This downtown gem was built and open in 1996 when the Olympics were in town. It’s a great place to walk your dog and/or drink coffee early in the morning while looking at the midtown and downtown skylines and all the greenery. Home to concerts, an outdoor skating rink in the winter, an Olympic ring fountain for kids to play in and more, there is something for everyone. Lot’s of popular attractions reside around the perimeter of the park as well.

World of Coca-Cola - Atlanta

The first is the World of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta as well. Here you can get a complete history of Coca-Cola and it’s branding over the years and also visit Taste it!, my favorite part. Here you can taste test products under the Coca-Cola umbrella from all over the world. I think I consumed to much when I was there last haha. I tried things that I later had where they are actually made and sold like L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) which is a New Zealand beverage.

Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta

On the opposite side of the park is the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. Here you can see sharks, whales, penguins, countless species of fish and just added this month, dolphins. Check out my photos from my time there.

Love sports? Get down to Turner Field to check out the Braves MLB team. Philips Arena is home to the NHL’s Thrashers and NBA’s Hawks. The Georgia Dome is home to the NFL’s Falcons, the Peach Bowl, college basketball tournaments and the opening game of every college football season.

Also, checkout Underground Atlanta. Lot’s of shopping and dining options and history. One thing I’ve still gotta do in the downtown area is the Inside CNN Studio Tour. I’ve heard great things. Any other suggestions on things to checkout downtown?

An epic day in Detroit. Part II.

#epictweetup
Last Saturday in the afternoon started with a photowalk through downtown Detroit. Great pictures, great weather, great friends, passion for the city and a story being told. This would have made for an epic day in and of itself. It just happens that later on this night, the Epic Tweetup Party took place.

This party came about as a result of the Detroit SXSW team winning Chevrolet’s SXSW Road Trip Challenge. The few days that Brandon, Henry, Audrey and Dave were on the road, all of us were following, messaging, tweeting and showing our support for them and Detroit. We won. We won. Time to move on and wait for the party. Not quite. It didn’t stop there. The competition had ended yet people kept following, messaging, tweeting, retweeting, showing constant support and now blogging about it like crazy. Why? Passion.
#epictweetup karaoke singing

Detroit is showing the world that it is a place to be reckoned with. The passion was certainly on display that week and as well on this night. Sure there were a few drinks consumed and some awesome karaoke singing, but if you looked closer you saw the connections being made, people hanging out with friends and making new ones, people exchanging ideas perhaps leading to even more new ventures and everyone sharing in their passion for this city, state and region.
#epictweetup party

The party has been done for almost two weeks now and yet unsurprisingly if you do a Twitter search for #epictweetup there are still conversations going on, pictures being posted, stories being told like this one and people are making things happen.

The events just keep coming too. Upcoming are #140conf Detroit, Brand Camp ’10 and TEDxDetroit just to name a few.

A week ago Saturday was indeed an epic day in Detroit. As you can see there will be many more. Check out what is happening here. You will be more than pleasantly surprised. Take a look at all the great party photos posted by everyone.

An epic day in Detroit. Part I.

There was something different in the air this past Saturday. It wasn’t a day to sleep in, a day to rest or a day to run errands. It was a day to celebrate what Detroit is all about, contrary to what you hear in various media.

The day started with a photowalk through downtown Detroit. What is a photowalk you ask? From my brief time being a part of Photowalks Detroit it’s a group of people who loves photography, loves exploring and taking pictures of things they find interesting, has fun with the group and in the end all the pictures are put together online to form a story. What a great way to show what downtown Detroit has to offer!
Monroe St., Greektown, Detroit

Passion. What I think helps make this group standout is their passion for Detroit, Michigan and the Midwest. On this afternoon walk, in absolutely perfect weather, you could see it in the faces of everyone, the pride everyone was showing as we walked through the city starting in Greektown at the corner of Monroe St. and St. Antoine St. right outside the Greektown Casino.

We walked down the main drag of Greektown passing by many great restaurants, Pizza Papalis, Pegasus Taverna and Red Smoke Barbeque to name a few. We saw a bride in a horse and carriage and some of the wedding party showing up in a cable car like you would see in San Francisco. We migrated down Monroe St. until we reached the famous Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius Park. There we saw another wedding party having their pictures taken with live music, a fountain, great food, lot’s of greenery and a lot of people just hanging out and having fun.
Spirit of Detroit

Heading towards the riverfront, now on Woodward Ave. we passed by Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub an amazing place to get breakfast and by the Spirit of Detroit. The Spirit of Detroit is a symbol of the Detroit community and you will usually see it decked out in various sports jerseys during playoff time. Passion. It always comes back to that. I think when the jerseys are on the statue, it symbolizes the passion that Detroit has for all of it’s sports teams. This is a main tourist spot and today was no exception.
Hart Plaza, Riverfront Detroit

We reached the end of Woodward Ave. at Jefferson Ave. winding up in Hart Plaza and the Detroit River Walk (riverfront) and guess what another wedding party. Hart Plaza is a place where festivals, relays, sports teams victory celebrations and lots of other events take place. While at the Detroit Riverfront we saw people biking, skating, relaxing on the grass, kids running through sprinklers and lot’s of people taking photographs of both Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada which sits on the other side of the Detroit River. I was definitely in my element with lots of water photo opportunities. We took part in the relaxing on the grass.
Renaissance Center, Detroit River

We walked some of the riverfront to the end of our journey in the Renaissance Center, the most recognizable part of the Detroit skyline. The Renaissance Center is the world headquarters for General Motors. What a photowalk! It was time to grab something to eat.

After grabbing some food at Niki’s Pizza in Greektown (get there if you love square deep dish pizza), it was time to head towards the second part of the epic day, the Epic Tweetup party. What is that? I’ll talk about this great event soon. For a preview checkout the Twitter hashtag #epictweetup and all these great pictures taken by everyone.

Checkout my photos and the story I try to tell from the photowalk. What is happening here? The people, the passion, outdoor activities, the riverfront, great restaurants, historical landmarks, downtown Detroit has something for everyone. It is a place you want to get to.