It is a fact of city life that neighborhoods change over time. But the forces that drive these changes can be difficult to discern. When sections of the urban landscape have been effectively erased, the changes themselves are rendered invisible at street level. “Streetscape Palimpsest” is a digital project that investigates the history of Georgia Avenue, which once served as an important commercial thoroughfare in the neighborhoods south of downtown Atlanta. By exploring the history of this street, and of the people who lived, worked, and shopped there, this interactive historical narrative rediscovers a neighborhood that was entirely replaced by urban renewal projects, and explains why Summerhill, and other “stadium neighborhoods” in Atlanta, were so thoroughly transformed over the course of the twentieth century.
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