Atlanta stadium developments range from intentional gentrification to fortresses says Prof.s Dobbins and Keating

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Atlanta’s poor record on economic inequality has not disappeared in the 50 years following the civil rights movement. “It’s bothered me ever since I got here; it bothers me more and more,” professor Mike Dobbins says. “It’s the worst city for people born poor to be anything other than poor.” What change has come to the neighborhoods has had fewer tangible benefits for the original residents. More than $66 million in grants and investments poured into the community to build new housing during this period, but few of these new units were affordable enough for long-time residents to rent or purchase. As Keating concluded, “the revitalization occurring in Summerhill is intentional gentrification.” Dobbins, who used the neighborhoods around the Falcons stadium project as a case study for his urban planning graduate students at Georgia Tech last semester, says that dismantling the “fortress-like look” of nearby Northside Drive should be a key part of any stadium redevelopment plan. “They walled off downtown from these neighborhoods.”

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Larry Keating, michael dobbins, Stadium
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  • Created On: Feb 21, 2014 - 11:39am
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