Chapter 11: Pittsburgh
Chapter 11: Pittsburgh

The Mayland Ave/Mayland Circle area in Pittsburgh’s southwestern corner had a somewhat neighborly feeling, as exemplified by the Mayland Motivators Art Garden, which had been a vacant concrete slab at the corner of Mayland and Metropolitan Avenue where Jennings Grocery...

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Chapter 10: The Road Fight
Chapter 10: The Road Fight

In 1964, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) introduced plans for Interstate 495, a toll road that would rip through Inman Park and other neighborhoods on its way to Stone Mountain and Athens, Georgia.

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Chapter 10: The New Old Fourth Ward
Chapter 10: The New Old Fourth Ward

The Old Fourth Ward, which lies on the inner west side of the Eastside Trail, south of Ponce de Leon Avenue and north of Auburn Avenue, gets its name from Atlanta’s pre-Civil War era, before the city was divided into city council districts. For most of its history, it was...

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Chapter 9: MARTA
Chapter 9: MARTA

MARTA itself was undergoing a remarkable transformation under the leadership of new CEO Keith Parker…[who] solved the agency’s financial problems by bringing its IT functions in-house, switching to electronic payments, converting buses to natural gas, and other...

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Chapter 9: Redevelopment
Chapter 9: Redevelopment

Another redevelopment opportunity came unbidden late in 2013 when the Atlanta Braves shocked the city by announcing that in 2017 the professional baseball team planned to desert downtown’s Turner Field in favor of a new stadium in the Cobb County suburbs to the north.

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Chapter 9: Westside Trail
Chapter 9: Westside Trail

Many long-time residents remained skeptical that the Westside Trail would make much difference and had no plans to use it. Young black realtor Nia Knowles, a West End resident, explained that “they heard change is coming but still see the crime and stink of foreclosure and...

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