You may (or may not) know that the area now known as Atlantic Station was previously the site of the massive Atlantic Steel mill complex. The steel mill operated from 1901 to 1998 and was demolished in 1999 to make way for the Atlantic Station development. A great article about the old mill can be found HERE.
These were taken from the end of 18th St. on the opposite side of the downtown connector (right behind the Center for Puppetry Arts). This first one was taken in November 1994 with one of those cool little disposable cardboard panoramic cameras. I used to love those things.
The second view was taken a little over 17 years later in January 2012. The mill and rail yards are long gone, the expressway was widened yet again and the little landscape twigs have grown into real trees. I could have avoided having the fence in the shot but that was part of the charm of the original photo.