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A short stretch of downtown’s Peachtree Street is going on a diet—the kind of diet that slims down the notoriously car-choked corridor from four lanes to just two, freeing up space to provide pedestrians some much-needed breathing room.
Most older Atlantans likely best remember the Rufus M. Rose House—which for years has sat vacant on Peachtree Street—as the longtime home of the so-called Atlanta Museum. Yet the house has a better claim to fame, albeit one that’s in serious dispute.
When John Portman was a student at Georgia Tech, the now-nonagenarian was assigned the job of escorting Frank Lloyd Wright around Atlanta. According to John’s son Jarel, Wright told the aspiring architect, “You seem to be a seeker. Go seek Emerson.”