Asa Candler had no involvement with the design of Candler Park, it was designed by the City's Park's Department. The Ampitheater proposed was on top of nine black families' homes that the City intended to force out to build this "white's only" park, that was the reason they put a large structure in that area of the land, it also included a proposed orinthology museum. They did not succeed in forcing those homes off the area property until the early 1940s. The last thing Candler Park needs is an ampitheater ~ just ask anyone living next to Chastain Park what that concert venue has done to their neighborhood. Or the many Candler Park residents living near CP who'll have greatly restricted use of their homes when the grossly oversized Sweetwater 420 Festival shows up this year.
CP has had Historic Designation status since the early 1990s, but that's not to what I referred. Again, the land use / design restrictions on land sold from the failed Parkway in terms of the style of housing allowed are part of the legal agreement from the Presidential Parkway lawsuit. In a nutshell, the court recognized that the DOT devastated a historic area when they tore down old housing so the parties agreed that any housing rebuilt on the condemned land had to look like the late 19th century housing that was torn down. No, that doesn't govern the use of the land that became parkland for Freedom Park. It's more that it was recognized that Candler Park had the right to return to a particular kind of historical area appearance after all the land condemnation and destruction of the neighborhood's housing that dictated it's character, and now the City has disregarded this idea by putting a very modern sculpture in the middle of older housing. The bigger issue here is that the City did not give NPU-N any time to allow the CP rep to bring the proposed sculpture back to CPNO for a neighborhood vote. And it really is a piece better suited for Freedom Park at Ponce & FP, not in the middle of a residential area in Candler Park. There are a lot of families living in Candler Park for decades now through some very tough times to remain intown in Atlanta, who have invested time and money and sweat equity to bring the neighborhood back to life. It's frustrating when the City acts virtually unilaterally to install something that is dramatically different from the overall character of the neighborhood. Pretty much "no good deed goes unpunished."
The neighborhood did not want this sculpture. It was brought to NPN-U and voted on in under an hour, no time was given to take it back to Candler Park Neighborhood Organization for a vote. Candler Park was told that we had to take the sculpture, like it or not. This is a historic neigbhorhood, houses date back to the 1870s, the sculpture is nice but completely inappropriate for an older historic residential area. There are strict suitability covenents on all the land in this neighborhood that was condemned for the Presidential Parkway ~ any land that was condemned for the Presidential Parkway that is now sold for housing development, the housing has to follow restrictions in design to make it look like the old late 19th C housing that was torn down. Front porches, high ceilings, hardwood floors, parking in the rear are all mandatory for new housing construction on former Presidential Parkway land in this area. So why did the City ignore the spirit of those zoning codes and install this very modern sculpture in a the middle of a historic designation area? It would be much better suited, and more visible, in a more commercial area of Freedom Park. Poncey Highlands spoke up at NPN-U and said they wanted it ~ Poncey Highlands should have gotten it. It would be much better suited installed near the Thornton Dial piece at Freedom Parkway & Ponce.
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