A targeted initiative by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve African American history is taking hold in Atlanta. The historic Alonzo Herndon Home Museum in Vine City is the most recent example.
My life was transformed at 234 Sunset Ave. – the home of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and their four children.As I have written before, my closest friend in 1966 to 1968 was the oldest of the King children – the late Yolanda King. I had the incredible good fortune to spend the night in the home, to get to know Martin Luther King Jr., and the entire family
Bernice King, the CEO of the King Center, issued a statement Monday afternoon defending the decision to seek a demolition permit for the three-story building at 220 Sunset Ave. where Atlanta’s first black mayor – Maynard Jackson Jr. – once lived.The King Center has owned the building for nearly 50 years after buying it from the Jackson family.
Plans to tear down the family home of Atlanta’s first black mayor – Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. – is causing an uproar in the historic Vine City community.The three-story apartment building at 220 Sunset Ave. is adjacent to the home at 234 Sunset Ave. where Martin Luther King Jr. lived until he was assassinated.
Atlanta’s going to get a freshman city council member from the Westside’s district 3, in a special election runoff. Some of the votes will depend on what people think of candidates who have — and who haven’t — been in office.
By Sonam Vashi More than a dozen organizations will receive microgrants to help revitalize west side neighborhoods through an Atlanta Housing program funded by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department. Fourteen groups working on programs that will help Ashview Heights, Vine City, and the neighborhood around the Atlanta University Center received $50,000 in […]
A big yellow excavator at Spencer and Walnut streets in Vine City was still on Friday morning — but just for a while, so folks could enjoy a ceremony to mark the groundbreaking for an apartment being built there so that seniors can afford it.
In 2017, the Rev. Darrion Fletcher died during his campaign for the Atlanta City Council post held by Ivory Lee Young, Jr. On Tuesday, Young continued his effort to honor Fletcher by naming a playing field for him in Vine City Park. Young also proposes to rename the entire park for a well-regarded urban planner, June Mundy.
Voters in a big chunk of Atlanta from Old Fourth Ward to Adams Park to Bolton will get for a new Fulton County commissioner in this year’s election. Commission hopefuls are talking about a lot of things including topics literally close to home: gentrification and property taxes.
Four candidates want to be on City Council from a district that runs all the way from Atlantic Station highrises to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the westside bungalows of some of Atlanta’s most storied neighborhoods — and some of its most distressed.
By Lyle V. Harris
In addition to the gleaming new stadium downtown bearing its famous logo, Mercedes-Benz is seeking to impact nearby neighborhoods by funding more than a dozen Atlanta-based non-profit groups that teach young people the power of playing with a purpose.
A portion of the Rodney Mims Cook Sr. Park is to be built on land where speculators once drove prices to eye-popping levels – as much as $105,000 for a vacant tract measuring just 7,350 square feet. That’s $14.29 a square foot. In Vine City.
That sentence, popularized by President Reagan, could well sum up the first challenge facing the effort to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods around the future Falcons stadium.
From the 2006 shooting death of Kathryn Johnston by Atlanta police during a botched drug raid, to the cheating scandal that touched Bethune Elementary School, to recurrent flooding problems – the neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City have seen plenty of efforts to help them either go no where or go awry.
Neighborhood residents have their own share of problems, as well.