Folks who come to Atlanta quickly learn that it’s a sprawling city more akin to L.A. than to Charleston. One simple way Atlantans orient ourselves is whether you are ITP or OTP. ITP stands for "inside the perimeter" and OTP is "outside the perimeter." The perimeter is Interstate 285, a gigantic highway that circles the entire city and serves our automobile-centric city.
In the past two years inside the perimeter, we’ve been seeing arguably some of the most exciting urban design projects in the USA, centering around the Beltline, an ambitious plan to create a 20+ mile park using abandoned rail lines that loop around Atlanta through some of her most historic neighborhoods.
One small piece of the project brought a skate park to the Old Fourth Ward in 2012. In celebration of the opening of this park, MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta, curated an art exhibit, “Skate it or Hang It?! The Evolution of Skateboard Art.” For the opening of the exhibit, the city closed down Peachtree Street for a skateboard parade! Skaters passed the iconic Fox Theatre that hosts events from Broadway shows to rock concerts.