Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods can be found just east of the Downtown Connector. Collectively, they extend north to Ponce De Leon Ave, edge along Decatur Street to the south and border the Poncey-Highland and Inman Park communities to the east.
There is lots of history in these communities, particularly for African Americans in Sweet Auburn. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Big Bethel AME Church and Sweet Auburn Curb Market are some of famous landmarks in the areas.
The neighborhoods are currently going through a revitalization, which I’m sure contributed to the NY Times naming Downtown Atlanta as one of the 52 places in the world to visit in 2014. However, it’s also a point of contention that touches upon several socioeconomic hot-buttons including race, class, wealth and access. Construction for the Atlanta Streetcar, new restaurants and bars along Edgewood Avenue, residences on Glen Iris Drive and the beautiful Historic Fourth Ward Park are evidence of the investments being made in the area.
Personally, I support the efforts to restore the communities and maintain their historical importance. I visit often and enjoy what they have to offer. However, there is also a responsibly to not ignore the needs of the under-resourced residents that currently live in the area – it’s a very delicate balance. And this is why I prefer blogging to politics.
Economics and politics aside, the area is filled with lots of great public art and historic landmarks. Here are some photos from my travels. Enjoy.