This article discusses the negatives of gentrification as well as the positives. As more people come to the area, it becomes more likely to be gentrified, however with more people comes more money, as well as an improved police force, fire department, and economy for the area. This article provides good arguments both for and against gentrification, however the arguments hardly scrape the surface of the subject and could be more in depth. This article is important as it provides insight to both sides of the argument over gentrification. The reason this source was chosen is because, unlike other articles, it provides insight into both arguments against and for gentrification, which is necessary in order to provide a rebuttal in an argument. The main points to be taken from this article is that while gentrification is good in terms of bringing safer infrastructure and safety departments, it also brings the negative change of making people lose homes and, in turn, their way of living.
“Atlanta Gentrification Maps and Data.” N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016.
This source is a map that shows the gentrified areas of Atlanta. The map shows that the trend of gentrification is a small dense area just around the GSU Campus. Around us, on campus, we can see this on Auburn Avenue as well as Old Fourth Ward. Also shown is the increase in gentrification from 1990-2000 compared to 2000-present, which shows a trend of dramatic increase. The problem of this map is that it doesn’t exactly state when each area became the subject of gentrification, or even how the gentrification was done, in terms of what was bulldozed and what was replaced. Another problem with the map is that it has things zoned into census areas, not necessarily the area names we are familiar with. This map is essential in knowing what particular areas were gentrified and which areas were not. The article is trustworthy because the data comes directly from the US Census, conducted in 1990-2000 as well as 2000-present.
Green, Josh. “Has Gentrification Run Amok in ‘City On the Ascent’?” Curbed Atlanta. N.p., 3 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2016.
“Auburn Avenue (Sweet Auburn).” New Georgia Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.
The history of Auburn avenue is one of loss. Auburn Avenue used to be the African American center of business with three very big African-American run businesses (Citizens Trust Bank, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and Standard Life), as well as many churches, but is now run down thanks to the mass leaving of African Americans to the west side of the city. Many civil rights leaders got their beginnings on Auburn Avenue, name Martin Luther King Jr. This source is a very well worded and concise history of Auburn Avenue, and helps put other sources into a broader context. One thing that could improve this article is a more in depth description of why shopkeepers left the area.
“How Gentrification Really Changes a Neighborhood.” Atlanta Magazine. N.p., 1 Mar. 2016. Web. 11 Sept. 2016.
This article tells the interesting story of one particular neighborhood, Kirkwood. In the early 1960’s, Kirkwood was a white neighborhood that had a few African Americans move in, causing a mass selling of houses as White Flight caused families to leave for “safer” areas. However, in the more recent 1990’s, more white people have flocked to this area, namely for the reason of wanting a house closer to work. All the while, the area was threatened with gentrification form the government, which the author states isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it can bring new life to old areas. This article is relevant to the project because gentrification is a threat to both old fourth ward and sweet auburn avenue, and this article shows how gentrification is perceived by the community as well as a first person account. One major flaw that was present in this article was a lack of data, so it is difficult to see how widespread the gentrification is, a well as a bias in asking upstanding community members their opinions rather than conversing with the criminals the area is typically known for. This article provides a very useful look at gentrification, from how it is caused to the effect it has on communities.