History from Below
by Jeffrey Morrison
Pub Date 01 Dec 2019
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Atlanta Underground presents a city history through the lens of its buried and paved-over urban landscape. Contemporary photos of this urban spelunking landscape will illustrate this telling of Atlanta’s history: how it came to be where it is, how it acquired its unique name, and how its colliding street grids were established.
Jeffrey Morrison descends into the buried and nearly-forgotten heart of Atlanta with a meticulously researched and fast-paced historical narrative coupled with stunning, noirish photographs and archival images that illuminate a city in flux. Atlanta has famously demolished some of its most historic buildings as it aggressively strives to be a modern, international city. As this underworld vanishes in the name of progress, Atlanta Underground is a must-read for history buffs, city planners and guardians of history now and in the future.
– Collin Kelley, Editor Atlanta INtown
Through beautiful photography, expert narrative, and well-researched historical references, Morrison investigates the cultural crevices of Atlanta’s unexpected Underground – a perfectly artificial connotation that further muddies the city’s identity. Underground may not really be below the ground plane, but as both a physical and social infrastructure, it’s a defining force under Atlanta.
-Ryan Gravel, Author of Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities
Jeffrey Morrison has written and illustrated an important work displaying one of the most unique urban developments – the burying of a downtown and creating Underground Atlanta. The black-and-white images show the starkness of the concrete structures that buried Atlanta’s historic core. The book provides a detailed history of Underground Atlanta, and it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the origin and development of cities.
-Atlanta journalist Maria Saporta, founder and editor of SaportaReport.com
·Locals and tourists are curious about the bizarre ways Atlanta’s streets collide and disappear underground.
·This is a unique angle for local history, intriguing a trendy audience with a little bit of a dark side.
·Jeff Morrison has organically grown his tour of underground Atlanta from his passion for architecture and learning about his home city.
·Hungry crowds flock to the romantically sporadic walking tours; making a splash and a story every time they are held.
·Media rAtlanta Magazine, USA Today and Curbed Atlanta recommend Unseen Underground Walking Tours for tourists and locals alike.
·Target media: Atlanta Intown Magazine- editor Collin Kelly is a friend of the author's; Atlanta-Journal Constitution (newspaper)- journalists Pete Corson and Jim Achmuty are fans of the walking tour.
·Walking tours with tie-ins to the book.