You may think you know your Atlanta history but you have no idea!
The City of Atlanta, once predominantly black and recognized as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, has become more affluent and less Black over the last decade, resulting last November in the closest mayoral race between a black and a white candidate since the 1970s.
Other cities think of us as “Blacklanta” or “Black” Hollywood, but that’s not really an accurate depiction of our inner city…. not anymore. In all actuality it’s not a Black/White thing… it’s a status thing. And it’s all due to “Gentrification”.
Gentrification and urban gentrification are terms referring to the socio-cultural displacement that results when wealthier people acquire property in low income and working class communities.
I was privy to seeing it first hand during my days at The City of Atlanta’s Development Authority and actually bought into it when I exchanged my South Atlanta diggs for a downtown location.
A new documentary, entitled The Atlanta Way covers Atlanta’s gentrification process from many differing perspectives within the city. There are claims that Atlanta is no longer the “Black Mecca” while others say it will always be —even with the white influx— but truth be told, the City itself is just no longer affordable to poor and working-class African Americans.
It’s a very enlightening documentary!
Make sure you make some time to watch the 34 minute “rough cut” of “The Atlanta Way” below:
The Atlanta Way is a collaborative effort with 14 other students and recent graduates from Savannah College of Art and Design, Clark Atlanta University, and Georgia State. The Atlanta Way provides a fresh approach to issues of race and urban redevelopment. It’s definitely worth seeing.
Being that the film was totally created and produced by a student-run team—an effort garnering interest from both HBO and PBS—is impressive in and of itself.
This much talk about documentary is making waves throughout the city. Gentrification is real and evident on just about every corner of Downtown. While you’re perusing around Downtown this weekend, think about many of your favorite locations and what was there just 3 years ago…
Everything is changing. While some people feel that the changes are positive and great for the economy, others feel that lower income people are getting the short end of the stick.
What are YOUR thoughts on the issue?
Props to @TheNetworkKing for bringing this to my attention…