The Tiny Hole at Fairlie and Poplar

Fairlie-Poplar is enclosed intersection in downtown Atlanta, seemingly hidden behind tall buildings and overlooked in favor of busier streets. It took me a while to find the intersection. I walked in circles and passed Fairlie Street many times before realizing it wasn’t an alley. Walking further, I finally caught sight of Poplar Street. I wasn’t sure if I was in the right place (and I’m still not entirely sure). It was midday and while other streets were filled with bundled up pedestrians, the Fairlie-Poplar intersection was barren. Standing at the intersection the only thing I could see was an empty bar and a yellow dumpster. Both things seemed out of place, as I wasn’t sure why anyone would go to a bar in such a desolate area and there didn’t seem to be any construction going on nearby. My immediate thought was to take a few pictures and leave. However, I was supposed to spend at least one hour at the site. Retracing my steps, I started back at the Fairlie Street sign and attempted to reenter the environment with an open mind. The second time around I noticed the building to my left was the GSU School of Music. I would’ve missed it if it hadn’t been for the door opening and large instruments with people attached spilling out. What that meant to me was the space was actually used, even if only for passage from one place to another.   On seeing the Poplar Street sign for a second time, I noticed a Ferris Wheel in the distance. It was one of the first pictures I took,...
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