NYTimes discovers gentrification in Atlanta

There is an interesting article In the NYTimes on the impact of gentrification in Atlanta.

In-town living. Live-work-play. Mixed income. The buzzwords of soft-core urbanism are everywhere these days in this eternally optimistic city, used in real estate advertisements and mayoral boasts to lure money from the suburbs and to keep young people from leaving.

McMansions make an appearance – as does the changing racial demographics of our fair city (sneak peak: The black majority in the city proper is shrinking; the black percentage in the 10 county metro area is rising). Also, I found this fact particularly interesting: “In 1990, the per capita income in the city of Atlanta was below that of the metropolitan area as a whole, but in 2004 it was 28 percent higher, the largest such shift in the country, according to a University of Virginia urban planning study.” Anyway, read the whole thing.

2 Comments so far

  1. M.Blind (unregistered) on March 13th, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    What, are folks actually reading the article before commenting?

    I’ll summarise for you:
    “Yeah. Tru dat.”

    The story here isn’t that folks are moving back in town. I think the real story is what happens to the urban ‘pioneers’ when they get priced out of the neighborhoods they ‘rescued’. Anybody can buy a house– it takes a special sort to buy a crack house in a run down neighborhood because they see the potential. What happens to the ‘urban’ ‘funky’ districts when the urban and the funk can’t afford the new rents?

  2. D.Zeitler (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    One thing I hate is when suburbanites try to suburbanize the city i.e. Edgewood Retail District. Instead of being a part of an established community they can’t wait for certain homes to be sold, so people like themselves can move in. I have friends that feel that way. They have lived intown for a couple years and don’t even know their neighbors. They just don’t want to be “left behind” in the burbs. People like that make me sick!!! They are destroying communities, lives, even history. They want everything new, because that way they know the people that were there before didn’t touch it. I’m all for revitalization, but gentrification has a poisonous “us and them” viewpoint. People need to learn the difference between the two. If they still want gentrification then I hope they lose their job, get their intown home forclosed on, and have to move in with their parents in Acworth!!!

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