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Atlanta Neighborhoods

A City Divided By Income

May 18, 2017
from video courtesy of Vox Atlanta

We went to three different neighborhoods in Atlanta to break the bubble we were living in.

Christian explains…

We decided to do this project because we wanted to show people that poverty is not an issue that is far away from them; it is in their backyard. All of these neighborhoods were within 30 minutes of each other, but they were drastically different. We want to break the bubble that many wealthy people live in and show them that poverty is an issue that needs to be addressed.

New Community House Opens In English Avenue

Mar 31, 2017
The Mattie Freeland Community House is officially open in English Avenue.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

It was a clear, warm day as English Avenue residents came together on Friday to honor a longtime member of the neighborhood. A red ribbon draped across the porch of a little home with purple pillars and a yellow door.

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The Mattie Freeland Community House was officially open.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

At a pavilion in Washington Park on Atlanta’s Westside, a DJ is setting up. Some people are getting a grill ready. It looks like the start of a neighborhood party.

In this case, though, the neighborhood no longer exists.

This is a reunion for anyone who ever lived at Herndon Homes, a public housing project that once stood a couple of miles from here, just north of where the Georgia Dome is now.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Atlanta is seeking input about what the city should look like if the region meets projections and grows by more than millions of people in the next 25 years.

Atlanta's planning commissioner, Tim Keane, said the region is expected to grow by 2.5 million people in the next 25 years.

Elly Yu / WABE

Atlanta police Officer Mike Costello is one of those guys that still loves vinyl records.

“This is precious cargo, right here,” he says, pointing to his record collection. It’s moving day for Costello on a Wednesday earlier this spring, and boxes of items are still scattered around his new house – but he already has his records neatly lined up.

A New Jersey native, Costello picks out a Bruce Springsteen record to play while he and his family unpack.

Al Such / WABE

A squadron of expressionless white mannequins stands in the basement of the Atlanta History Center, looking ready to march. But their attire is nowhere near uniform. One mannequin wears a black embroidered mariachi suit, another a Morehouse College graduation robe. Two mannequins sport vintage t-shirts, with faded dirt stains, that say “Stop The Road.”

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Community members near Turner Field expressed some optimism about the future of the area now that a developer has been chosen for the property.

The Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority announced Monday that Georgia State University and a private development team are the preferred developers for the nearly 70-acre site.

Scott Taylor is the president of Carter, one of the firms in the bid that will work on the private development side of the project.

Courtesy of TC LAUGHLIN PUBLIC RELATIONS GROUP, INC., who represents ODA New York
ODA New York

It's hard to walk a block in Midtown Atlanta without encountering some new development. In fact, Curbed Atlanta estimates there are more than 40 projects underway or recently completed in the neighborhood. Several of them are on Atlanta's most famous street: Peachtree Street.

With all the construction, it can be easy to forget that Peachtree Street was once just about abandoned by developers.

The ribbon is cut for the Lakewood SunTrust Community Outreach Center's grand opening.
Daniel Henninger

On any summer night in Atlanta, you might hear the music of the Dave Matthews Band or a country music festival wafting through the humid air from Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. 

But just a mile away, the Lakewood community has struggled with economic development and neighborhood blight, as well as the dubious distinction as one of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, as seen in a 2013 ranking from neighborhoodscout.com.

Now SunTrust Atlanta is banking on a Lakewood rebirth.