How Gentrification Is Changing Atlanta

"Soft-core urbanism" and gentrification are changing Atlanta's demographics and local politics.
March 16, 2006, 2pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"In-town living. Live-work-play. Mixed income. The buzzwords of soft-core urbanism are everywhere these days in this eternally optimistic city, used in real estate advertisements and mayoral boasts to lure money from the suburbs and to keep young people from leaving.... But although gentrification has expanded the city's tax base and weeded out blight, it has had an unintended effect on Atlanta, long a lure to African-Americans and a symbol of black success. For the first time since the 1920's, the black share of the city's population is declining and the white percentage is on the rise. The change has introduced an element of uncertainty into local politics..."

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Published on Saturday, March 11, 2006 in The New York Times
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