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Time To Fix ATL Walkway  
User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4435 times:

Sick and tired of the same dry Zimbabwe crap that decks 10% of the T-E underground walkway by T. Been here forever, same music theme, driving me nuts; feels like I have a fever when I walk through this section and run in a hysteria just to avoid it. Yes I take the train to avoid this part.

Can't airport authorities do something and switch it up? Or at least get rid of the 10+yr display and make it moderatly crappy like the rest of the walk from A-E?

I mean come on, biggest hub, but biggest flop in appearance.

Make into into an Atlanta avaition museum walk. Show some eastern stuff and Delta's evolution from a southern hot female carier to a mega goliath.

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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

I always thought it would be cool, is the area between each concourses was done up in a different continent theme. They have Africa, now, do the other contnents between the rest.


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User currently offlineJosh32121 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

I agree wholeheartedly. Every time I decide to walk instead take the train from the terminal, I am reminded how dated that display is. Ironically, last time I was through there a couple of weeks ago, I actually saw some tourists getting their pictures taken with the exhibits...so weird. Apparently they haven't been to ATL in the last 15 years because it was still new to them. At least they finally got rid of that silly neon thing on the walls when you go down into the tunnel after security. Apparently the designer put up a big fuss about that, too. I always thought it was some random smattering of spare neon sign parts--not art. I admit, I kind of miss the color-coded maps and signs match the station colors era. Ah, the 80's!

User currently offlineMetJetCEO From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

I love the light show in Detroit.

At least ATL got rid of

"Next stop is Concours XXX, the color coded maps and signs correspond to the station colors. Please move from the center of the vehicle and away from the doors"

However during the olympics they did themselves a disservice with the hick. strong country voice saying "Caution, doors do not rebound or bounce back"

In my opioion everything below the surface has always been like walking in service tunnels in large building.


User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Redoing the whole thing like DTW or ORD T1 would be nice, but probably not worth the expense of closing it down especially since I'd bet more people end up taking the train anyway and wouldn't see it.

I do agree though, from my last vist there, it does need a spruce up


User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Quoting MetJetCEO (Reply 4):
"Next stop is Concours XXX, the color coded maps and signs correspond to the station colors. Please move from the center of the vehicle and away from the doors"

I miss the offspring of HAL and Darth Vader...... I remember going to ATL when the Midfield Complex first opened (I never got to go to the old terminal it replaced.) and to this day, that's what I remember from that day.

I definitely agree that they need to replace the Zimbabwe exhibit. I think that there should be nothing installed in the middle of the walkway (keeps traffic in that area moving), and that perhaps they should put historical photos of ATL up on the walls along the moving sidewalks (I'm sure the archives of the AJC and of Georgia State University have more than enough photos they could use.) and maybe hang some airplane models and signs from the ceilings. I do remember there being an aviation exhibit one time in the display cases that are/were(?) in the hallway between the main security checkpoint and the T-gates. It got replaced with some exhibit on modern design.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Quoting MetJetCEO (Reply 4):
In my opioion everything below the surface has always been like walking in service tunnels in large building.

I'm not sure I'd go that far. Though it is a little beige and sterile down there.



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User currently offlineAAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

The Zimbabwe exhibit is permanent art for ATL. Perhaps all those who would like to see it disappear can petition the new Aviation General Manager (whomever that ends up being) and have him/her make that the first task to tackle after coming onboard. Surely, it is of high enough importance to warrant immediate action..LOL..I think it's hilarious the things people nitpick over when it comes to travel and airports. There are other examples of art located throughout the airport which are rotating exhibits, fyi. I do like the idea, though, to have the stretch between each concourse be themed after different continents which are served nonstop from ATL, as the flights are so far reaching across the globe. For the amount of time it takes to pass through this particular less than 1,000 foot section of the Transportation Mall (and for which the vast majority of travelers take the APM anyway and never see this area), I can't quite understand the fuss. But, that's just me. Seems it's always what's wrong instead of what's right. It may be crap to you Qantas777, but it meant something to those artists which created the pieces and whomever decided to have the collection commissioned @ ATL way back in 2001. Lastly, as to the title of this thread, I don't think there's anything about the walkway that needs to be fixed. It serves its purpose, primarily when the APM is inop and passengers have to walk (which happened to me the last time I flew out of there..had to walk from Gate A2 to Conc C before they were functioning again, and was able to hop on for the ride out to Conc E..whew!). There are ways to freshen and improve it, sure, but it's not broken. Just my opinion.

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1926 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

Quoting MetJetCEO (Reply 4):
the color coded maps and signs correspond to the station colors

IIRC, it was:

"The color coded maps and signs in this vehicle match the station colors......"

[Edited 2010-03-04 17:25:02]


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User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Quoting micstatic (Reply 10):

That system is motion activated too which would save energy in the long run.

I personally think that IND has pulled a lot of design elements from different airports, and made them better. If only we could see this kind of innovation in larger airports.

-Noah   



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User currently offlineAtlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

Seriously is the Exhibit that bad? I mean sure I think it should change but is it really worthy of such constrination? I see alot of people stop and look at it and read about the work and im there everyday? ive never heard anyone complain about that one. The one ive heard people complain about is the exhibits on concourse E when you come of the escalator. Ive never quite figured out why, but cest la vie.


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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

Quoting MetJetCEO (Reply 4):
At least ATL got rid of

"Next stop is Concours XXX, the color coded maps and signs match to the station colors. Please move from the center of the vehicle and away from the doors"

I think it should come back. I miss that! (and I worked at ATL while in college).

And I believe the voice was similar to that of Maximilian the robot from the move The Black Hole (1979).



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User currently offline757luver From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

You all make me want to walk over to D tomorrow just to see what you are talking about. I usually am in a rush or just to lazy to walk so I take the train. But I'll have about 5 hours to kill tomorrow so I think I'll walk for a change.


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User currently offlineMetJetCEO From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 5):
I miss the offspring of HAL and Darth Vader

HAL is a perfect analogy. "HAL let me onto coucourse A" .... "Im afraid I cannot do that Dave".


User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Does any airport in the world have a longer walkable distance between ticketing and its most distant gate than ATL's distance from ticketing to the far end of Concourse E?

User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

I'm not sure how I feel about all the art exhibits. I don't think they're needed, but they are nice to look at. I think the money could be better spent renovating the warehouse than is Concourse D.

[Edited 2010-03-05 08:35:52]

[Edited 2010-03-05 12:50:29 by srbmod]

User currently offlinePOZ2BRS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

I flew ATL-LHR this Tuesday and I like the African art. I did not know it was from Zimbabwe but I was not paying too much attention when I was running to meet my connection. Yes it looks a little dated now but I prefer it to the plain white airports that can be found everywhere in the world.

User currently offlineFrostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

I've always loved the Zimbabwean stone sculptures and am pleased to hear that they are a permanent fixture in the transportation mall. I will grant that some new music would be good - there is so much good African music to choose from.

There's a lot of other exhibits around the airport. I dig most of them too. Some exhibits have come and gone that I would rather see there permanently - I recall an aviation-oriented exhibit upstairs on Concourse T that was really cool. Then it was replaced by what I would call a southern culture exhibit, with Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, for example. Way cool too, and very appropriate for ATL.

There are many, many linkages between African and southern culture that many people overlook. I will simply conclude that Atlanta has emerged as a leading U.S. gateway to Africa. This is something the city has sought for a long time. Given this, the city's history, and its large African-American population, I think it is very appropriate (and really a no brainer) that an African art exhibit takes up permanent residence at the terminal.

For the critics, bear in mind that relatively speaking, the pedestrian mall is not a very heavily traveled corridor at the airport. I'm sure there are a lot of seasoned ATL travelers who are still "discovering" this long-lived exhibit. Plus, it must have been a real pain to move all that stone - let it be!


User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3008 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 5):
I miss the offspring of HAL and Darth Vader......

Sounded more Cylon (sp?) to me!  



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

T-A Indian American Art
A-B Rennaissance Art or perhaps an American History exhibit
B-C African Art
C-D Indian/Middle East Art
D-E East Asian Art

I agree, I'm sick of walking through those drab, unwelcoming tunnels. Obviously a DTW-esque fix is probably out of the question, but very little can be done to make a grand, positive difference.

Come to think of it, I can still remember "first" seeing the African exhibit when my grandmother was alive, probably 10-11 years ago. Whenever I think of it, the sculpture of a hand holding a families' heads comes to mind.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlinedispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 18):
Sounded more Cylon (sp?) to me!

I always thought the original Battlestar Galactica, from the late 70s...



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5507 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Does anyone have any images? I'd like to see how this looks!

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