Originally Posted by gttx
Kind of actually, yeah. There was a law passed in the 1980s that mandates that every building that is sufficiently high (don't know how high) can't have a flat rectangular top. The Bellsouth building was the last skyscraper built before this law - you see all the interesting tops on buildings because most development in Midtown is post-1980.
It certainly makes for a dramatic skyline, but sometimes I wish we could have a few more boxes...they aren't all bad if done right (see: the Equitable building downtown).
Is this really
I've heard this so many times I'm beginning to think it's an Atlanta urban myth.
I've never been able to uncover any law or ordinance in Atlanta that states that buildings over a certain height are prohibited from having a flat top.
If anybody out there can point me to this law/ordinance, I'd appreciate it.
Nevertheless, I love our luminous crowns and spires!
Oh, and about the fireworks....
We live in the area you're referring to and have been caught by surprise a couple of times recently by fireworks shows in our neighborhood. Our balcony faces Central Park in SoNo/Midtown, which is the site of alot of rugby and soccer league play. One of the fireworks shows appeared to follow the championship game of one of the soccer leagues that plays there. It was quite an impressive show---it's entirely possible that's what you were seeing.