Some of the reasons are easy to see. Taking its place on the spot where railroads intersected, The Interlock seemed instantly to become a premier live-work-play development in West Midtown. It was natural, in a way, that Atlanta builder Monte Hewett chose this as the environment for a collection of Atlanta townhomes that catches the spirit of the neighborhood full-force. Unsurpassed now as a destination for entertainment, dining, shopping, and fun, of all the townhomes in Atlanta, these are the ones that make it just a short walk home. It’s a decision well worth considering.
When asked what’s behind that decision, people say the design of the home interiors, the streetscapes, the bike-friendly and walk-friendly neighborhood, the nearness – and the coolness – of things to do and to see and to make your own counted heavily in favor of living here. In the end, though, most residents eventually come down to a factor that includes all these things and yet rises above them. “It’s the vibe,” they say.
Rooted in Soul
Artists, architects, and planners; history buffs and philosophers; students of the phenomenal ways of being human – they mostly agree that there’s something special about a crossroads. The magnetism of the earth, they point out, is not restricted to what makes compasses point north. Rather, the convergence of human events seems to grant to certain spots on the earth an element that a few call magic. Something happens, and the energy of that event stays stuck to the spot – or maybe vice-versa.
Examples abound in the ancient world, where paying attention to the patterns in the sky just might have been the birth of mathematics. Certainly, people left evidence that standing in a certain spot and looking in a certain direction could be important ways of becoming aware, of knowing what they wanted to know, about weather, crops, and even how to get along with each other. From Stonehenge on the moors of England to oyster shell rings on the sea islands off Georgia, there are spots on the earth that have claimed human attention and given us gifts in return.
The Energy of a Crossroads
The railroad crossings that gave rise to Atlanta originally were the site and the inspiration for The Interlock. Some are shocked to discover how recently Atlanta was founded, how young a city we really are. It all began with a crossroads, and in many ways, this remains the secret of our success. The energy of this crossroads is embodied in the design of the Monte Hewett townhomes sited alongside The Interlock.
Crossroads are where people encountered each other, shared news and intelligence, swapped stories, and rested from the journey. As simple as this seems, it nevertheless became the stuff of legends. Folk tales as ancient as Africa and as recent as the blues guitar are based on the energy that emanates from a crossroads. As such, the neighborhood lives up to its heritage in a way that seems effortless.