Final Draft Built Environment Analysis: Communal Differences: Virginia-Highlands v. Little Five Points

Communal Differences: Virginia-Highlands v. Little Five Points While strolling down the stained sidewalks of Little Five Points, drum beats played on turned over buckets pulse through the streets, the smell of street food fills the air, and an array of people explore the eclectic retail district. On the contrary, on the streets of Virginia Highlands there is a certain stillness. Other than the sound of cars passing by, the area has peacefulness to it. The restaurants are more uniform and so is the community. Surrounding the shops and restaurants are suburban homes with front porch swings and minivans. These two areas are in close proximity, but differ greatly. The built environments of Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands shape and are shaped by different groups of people due to differences in the historical foundation of the spaces, the layout of the streets, and the location of these neighborhoods in proximity to other influential spaces in Atlanta. Historical Foundation An area’s historical background influences how the built environment of that space develops as time progresses. Since the late 1960’s, Little Five Points has been known for its odd knick-knack shops, antiques, and discount clothing (Wheatley). Even back then people knew they could go to Little Five Points to save money on picture shows, clothing, and other goods. It is interesting to see how that trend has stayed with and developed the area over the last fifty years. Because the neighborhood’s roots are deep into the eclectic culture of city living and freedom of expression, the area has not developed into anything more than just that. Because it has been “known for” a certain type...

SECOND DRAFT: Communal Differences: Virginia-Highlands v. Little Five Points (Built Environment Analysis)

While strolling down the stained sidewalks of Little Five Points, drum beats played on turned over buckets pulse through the streets, the smell of street food fills the air, and an array of people explore the funky shops. On the contrary, on the streets of Virginia Highlands there is certain stillness. Other than the sound of cars zooming by, the area has peacefulness to it. The restaurants are more uniform and so are the people. Surrounding the shops and restaurants are suburban homes with front porch swings and minivans. These two areas are in close proximity, but differ greatly. The built environments of Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands shape and are shaped by different groups of people due to differences in the historical foundation of the spaces, the layout of the streets, and the location of these neighborhoods in proximity to other influential spaces in Atlanta. Historical Foundation An area’s historical background influences how the built environment of that space develops as time goes on. Since the late 1960’s Little Five Points has been known for its odd knick-knack shops, antiques, and discount clothing (Wheatley). Even back then people knew they could go to Little Five Points to save money on movie theaters, clothing, and other goods. It is interesting to see how that trend has stayed with and developed the area over the last fifty years. Because the neighborhood’s roots are deep into the eclectic culture of city living and freedom of expression, the area has not developed into anything more than just that. Because the area has been “known for” a certain type of merchandise and culture,...

FIRST DRAFT: Communal Differences: Little Five Points v. Virginia-Highlands (Built Environment Analysis)

While strolling down the stained sidewalks of Little Five Points, drum beats played on turned over buckets pulse through the streets, the smell of street food fills the air, and an array of people explore the funky shops. On the contrary, on the streets of Virginia Highlands there is certain stillness. Other than the sound of cars zooming by, the area has peacefulness to it. The restaurants are more uniform and so are the people. Surrounding the shops and restaurants are suburban homes with front porch swings and minivans. These two areas are in close proximity, but differ greatly. The built environments of Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands shape and are shaped by different groups of people due to differences in the historical foundation of the spaces, the layout of the streets, and the location of these neighborhoods in proximity to other influential spaces in Atlanta.   Historical Foundation An area’s historical background influences how the built environment of that space develops as time goes on. Since the late 1960’s Little Five Points has been known for its odd knick-knack shops, antiques, and discount clothing (Wheatley). Even back then people knew they could go to Little Five Points to save money on movie theaters, clothing, and other goods. It is interesting to see how that trend has stayed with and developed the area over the last fifty years. Because the neighborhood’s roots are deep into the eclectic culture of city living and freedom of expression, the area has not developed into anything more than just that. Because the area has been “known for” a certain type of merchandise and...

Built Environment (exterior) Narrative

Overall Moreland Avenue is flowing of creativity and different individuals from East Atlanta and Little Five Points. The two areas are both significantly different and gave me two different feelings. Little Five gave off an area of creative humans with a hippie relaxed feeling while East Atlanta gave me a less secure feeling as some parts were sketchier than others. Little Five was covered in artistic graffiti and vibrant colors while East Atlanta was more run down and required more security. The restaurants and food choices also varied upon each location. Little Five had multiple restaurants all in walking distance and the famous Vortex. The Vortex is significant to Little Five Points because it attracts many tourists and celebrity visitors for its monstrous burgers and twenty-one and up policy. East Atlanta, on the other hand, has some newer buildings and more “hole-in-the-wall” places that go along with the typical fast food restaurants (McDonald’s, Cookout, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.). Moreland Avenue stretches a measurable distance and collects all types of life from rich to homeless and can be one of the most popular streets in Atlanta for Little Five Points and East Atlanta. The community is genuinely nice and has comfortable homes along Moreland. Moreland Avenue is beginning to renovate more of the space and build more apartment housing for the popularity and individuals wanting to move there. Currently they are building apartments in between East Atlanta and Little Five Points in an area known as Cabbagetown (nice area just not as well-known as Little Five or East Atlanta). Moreland Avenue is growing to become one of the biggest communities...

Built Environment Analysis outline draft

Intro information Little Five Points and Virginia-Highlands are within close proximity, but seem worlds apart due to the communal differences in income, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the age range of the Atlantans that affiliate with these areas. The built environments of Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands shape and are shaped by different groups of people due to differences in the historical foundation of the spaces, the layout of the streets, and the location of these neighborhoods in proximity to other influential spaces in...
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