Thank you for this article! We visited some of the landmarks, my who knew the West End had such treasures. The ongoing revival was breathtaking to take in. The renovation has shown the West End homes for what they truly are - just beautiful, well done restoration - thanks!
As a RESIDENT of the Historic West End let me say this "me and those like me" are not moving to the Historic West End because we didn't have options or thought it was dangerous. Affluent white, black, Asian, Hispanic, middle eastern and all in between families are coming and being welcomed by the community with open arms - why, because the West End community of today actually "is" awesome, the renovated historic homes are beautiful and yes it is safe to jog, play, live - (before moving we met with police, did extensive and I mean extensive research, compared reports of other supposedly safe areas and more...in a nutshell West End is generally on par the with rest of Metro ATL, a lot of that may have to do with Housing projects that were closed several years ago and other changes that the city made, but for whatever reason it's crime rates have dropped significantly over the years - no it is not the $1M+ portion of Moore's Mill Mansion Row, but it has changed over the years and yes is still changing in the heavy traffic areas, but I was honestly surprised when I rediscovered it, like many I had the old West End stuck in my mind, now I know better).
But on a side note...I don't understand why a non-resident would have the audacity to try and tell other other people what it's like to live in "their" houses. Eleven years ago you could not have paid me to live in the West End. Seriously. If it was't absolutely, and I mean ABSOLUTELY awesome, "I" wouldn't be here, neither would those "like me". The "newly revived West End" gets rave reviews by its residents who came from "safe affluent" Suburbia, from Virginia Highlands, from 30+ min commute McMansions, from "high income" areas as well as rave reviews from its "less new" high income university professors, politicians, or new/less new simply hard working law abiding citizen residents, it gets rave reviews from residents who "do" have "other expensive, supposedly upscale, safe etc." options, who have other options but who "choose" to live in The Historic West End of Atlanta, Georgia because it actually "is" a great place to live in a fantastic location 5 min from downtown, boasting beautiful stainless steel/granite/ceramic professionally renovated historic homes with cool tasty (sometimes expensive but we can handle it) restaurants + museums + parks + shops and more coming. We "choose" to live here (because it is a great community). We love it, so yeah, we want to and "will" protect it from people who want to stop it from flourishing. Wouldn't you fight to keep your home getting even cleaner, safer, financially stronger and even more wonderful each day? Those of us who came from super expensive "affluent" HOA's fought to keep getting those cleaner, safer, stronger each day so yeah, we do it here too...Do you take care of "your" home?
Whether you do or not, "we" do and many of us are new so if you're not here you might not be able to believe the uber positive reviews, heck it blew my mind too, but things have changed and "we" are white, black, straight, not straight + all in between having a good time together in beautiful homes with excellent commutes.
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