A familiar face comes to town

“The play’s the thing.” You’ve heard that phrase. Shakespeare wrote it. Hamlet says it. So it must be true. And, though probably not in the same vein that Hamlet meant it, the play certainly was the thing when it came to 19th century Atlantans. Opera and the theatre captured the attention of 1800s Atlanta in […]

They chose a name

It turns out that it was Sam Mitchel’s idea to build a town around the Western & Atlantic’s terminus point. He even had plans drawn up. And then it came time to name the town and that’s where it got interesting, as we’ll see in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Unknown stories of everyday people

At the intersection of Memorial Drive and Boulevard sits Oakland Cemetery, the City of Atlanta’s first official burial grounds. Established in 1850 on an original six acres of land, Oakland now spans 88 acres and is home to thousands of residents. Among them are names familiar to most generations of Atlantans, a “who’s who” of […]

The summer of love

It was the sixties and hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a 3-day, open-air rock concert featuring a stage full of rock n’ roll legends. And while there was no tainted red rope licorice, there was enough to make it this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Appreciative Guests

If you’re going to throw a party, make it a memorable party. The City of Atlanta did just that when railroad history came to town…the result? Atlanta got a free ride on a party train. This week on Stories of Atlanta, it’s a tale about the benefits of sharing water.

Change is a fact of life

As the saying goes, the fastest way from here to there is a straight line.  But, sometimes, it is not that simple.  These days, there are any number of possible impediments to a speedy trip: roadwork . . . detours . . . even street names.  Over the years, many of Atlanta’s streets have gone through multiple monikers.  This […]

Gentrification eats Its own

I’m one of those rare people actually born and raised in Atlanta, and I spent a lot of my formative years at my godfather’s home off Flat Shoals Avenue.

During the 90’s- early 2000’s I watched the eastside change first-hand. I saw East Lake, Kirkwood and Downtown Decatur transform, but East Atlanta – more specifically the village – was particularly interesting.