By the early 1950's, developers had stared rapid development of single family homes and apartments, constructing twelve thousand new residences in the city. Yet, political obstacles, discrimination, and limited urban space curbed Atlanta's African American housing boom by the end of the decade. The racialized neighborhood transition in Atlanta left deep scars on the urban fabric and the body politic.
"African American Suburban Development in Atlanta," a presentation by Andrew Weise
Published on September 29, 2006
One of the most striking developments in recent southern history has been the pace and scale of African American suburbanization. Delving into the history of black organizations, civic politics, race-based policies, class economics and neighborhood formation, Andrew Wiese examines the circumstances and motives accompanying African American suburban development in Atlanta from the early 1950s until the early twenty-first century. In his discussion of the Candler-McAfee neighborhood in south Dekalb County, Prof. Wiese considers how race and class have influenced the community as well as the landscape. Racial discrimination applied to the places where most African Americans live remains the most significant basis for persistent racial inequality. Southern suburbia proves to be in step with, if not at the cutting edge of, trends in African American residential patterns writ large across the country.