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220 Sunset Ave.

Preserving both Maynard Jackson's and MLK's legacy on Sunset Ave.

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

Ashview Heights

Choice Atlanta grants help 14 organizations revitalize the west side

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 […]

Falcons stadium: An uphill fight to right a community beset by wrongs

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

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.