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Just sort of randomly walking around downtown I came across all these lines. And it happens that all the buildings and bridges in this shot were all part of urban renewal from the 1970s through 1980s.

The massive complex dominating the scene is the Renaissance Center, which I have written about before. Designed by John Portman as a city within a city it became known for its fortress like feel. Situated away from the old core of downtown, behind massive concrete berms and with a post-modern maze of an interior its retail failed and it sucked dry older gems. Today a massive redevelopment has been undertaken by new owners, General Motors. A riverside Winter Garden, the removal of the berms and a new circulation pattern have so far been completed.

At left is the Millender Center. It was built after the Renaissance Center as another mixed use facility. It consists of a hotel, an apartment tower and retail. The lower bridge in the shot connects it to the city hall and then continues with another bridge just visible below it connecting it to the Renaissance Center in an early attempt to make it more of a part of the city.

The higher bridge is the track of the "People Mover" which is a 3 mile automated elevated train track around downtown. It was hoped it would spur development but the fact that it goes nowhere didn't help to that. This was built instead of the beginnings of a subway system that would have actually connected downtown and the
New Center and served a useful purpose.

B/W better suited this image. Color version is in workshop.

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