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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Two of Atlanta's filthiest streets

I've found myself in Clayton County a lot the last two weeks. It's an interesting place that you'll hear more about later. But I wanted to take a moment now that Google Maps has canvassed much of metro Atlanta to point out two of the filthiest streets I've come across in my recent travels.

The first filthpatch isn't in Clayton County, but in southeast Atlanta close to the airport. Simon Street is a gem off Ruby Harper Boulevard near the clear-cut remains of Gilbert Gardens Homes, an Atlanta Housing Authority project that closed several years ago. It's nothing but empty lots. (According to an old AJC article, the former project wasn't developed because of the airport's expansion plans.) Follow Simon Street all the way to the back and there's what should be an accessible road covered with broken glass and overgrown with shrubs and trees. I understand why the Google dudes didn't drive down it. I did. It wasn't very roomy, scenic or relaxing. The most ideal place in metro Atlanta to dispose of a body: Simon Street.

See that road to the right of the white line? Not a good idea to take your car down there.

Old McDonough Road appears to be right on the DeKalb/Clayton border. I'm sure the talks between counties to decide who cleans it up are very cordial — maybe that's why it's in such terrible shape. It's basically a steep road that's littered with garbage. One part is so nasty you have to swerve around the clutter in the streets.

Old McDonough’s become even filthier since the Google voyeurs visited it.

Both of these streets have signs that state dumping is prohibited and punishable by a fine and/or jail. Either they're not working or were only recently posted.

Google covered most of the metro region. If you know of a nasty place, look it up and post it or send me a screenshot. Together — and with the aid of Google — we can gripe about our city.

(Screenshots from Google Street View)

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