Last summer I wrote about the “Black Side of Town” in Avondale, inspired by Carl Houseworth, an African American laborer who lived in Avondale in the 1930s-1950s, and for whom the “Carl’s Corner” gateway is named. As I wrote before, Carl was part of an extended family of Houseworths who lived in and around Ingleside… Continue reading DeKalb County’s Houseworth family: Three generations of Black history
This is third in a series of posts about the history of Avondale Estates. Avondale Estates was restricted to white-only residents (or at least homeowners) for much of its 20th century history. And today the city is still almost 80% white. Much of the recent diversification of Avondale’s population has come since 1998, as a… Continue reading “The Black Side of Town”: Challenging Avondale’s White-only Narrative
This is second in a series of posts about the history of Avondale Estates, Georgia. In my last post I mentioned that racism and white supremacy were baked into Avondale Estates’ identity at its origin. This was both a function of the founder and his times. Avondale Estates was founded in the mid 1920s by… Continue reading “The Right Kind of Neighbors”: Race and the Origins of Avondale Estates
"Putting a Good Face on Street Art, to Upgrade Atlanta" in Friday's New York Times, profiled the activities of Living Wall's 2012 program. The project creates murals around Atlanta in blighted areas. This year, LW focused exclusively on female artists, and invited 28 artists from around the world to contribute artwork. In addition to the… Continue reading How can murals help the urban landscape and its history?