I've lived in Atlanta since 1978 when i was 11 years old and have seen the demise of several areas- Stone Mountain/Clarkston/Avondale, Clayton County, Doraville and Chamblee. What is the common denominator in all of this is that the racial makeup of the areas changed from white to black and/or latino.
The crime rate went up, drugs and violence increased, school performance went down and property values dropped.
The urban renewal in intown neigborhoods that happened before the beginning of the recession happened when whites moved in with money and personal stability.
It may be politically incorrect but the fact is correct that blacks and latinos have destroyed every neighborhood they enter while having whites come into a neighborhood increase the livability of that neighborhood.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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