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Subject: The Atlanta Way (film), Techwood Homes, Atlanta Housing Authority, History of Atlanta, Decatur Street (Atlanta)
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Demolished public housing projects in Atlanta

In 1994 the Atlanta Housing Authority, discouraged by the failure of its public housing projects and encouraged by the federal HOPE VI program, embarked on a policy of demolishing public housing projects and building mixed-income communities in their place.[1]


  • Replaced by mixed-income communities 1
    • Capitol Homes 1.1
    • Carver Homes 1.2
    • Eagan Homes 1.3
    • East Lake Meadows 1.4
    • Grady Homes 1.5
    • Harris Homes 1.6
      • Harris Chiles 1.6.1
    • John Hope Homes 1.7
    • McDaniel-Glenn Homes 1.8
    • Perry Homes 1.9
    • Techwood/Clark Howell 1.10
  • Not (yet) rebuilt 2
    • Antoine Graves 2.1
    • Bankhead Courts 2.2
    • Bowen Homes 2.3
    • Englewood Manor 2.4
    • Herndon Homes 2.5
    • Hollywood Courts 2.6
    • Jonesboro North 2.7
    • Jonesboro South 2.8
    • Leila Valley 2.9
    • Palmer House 2.10
    • Roosevelt House 2.11
    • Thomasville Heights 2.12
    • University Homes 2.13
    • U-Rescue Villa 2.14
  • References 3

Replaced by mixed-income communities

Capitol Homes

Six hundred ninety-four units were replaced by Capitol Gateway.

Carver Homes

This 999-unit complex was located in southeast Atlanta, west of South Atlanta and east of Joyland and High Point. It was replaced by The Villages at Carver.

Eagan Homes

A 677-unit complex located in Vine City[2] replaced by Magnolia Park mixed-income community in 2000.

East Lake Meadows

654-units were replaced by The Villages of East Lake as part of a revitalization driven by developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins. Offsites were replaced by Columbia Commons and Columbia Village.

Grady Homes

Built in 1942, Grady Homes included 495 units located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. They were replaced by Ashley Auburn Pointe mixed-income community.

Many residents kept flower gardens outside their front door. Cannon Lilies were rescued prior to the demolition, and now flourish in nearby Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Harris Homes

Built in 1956, this 510 unit housing site Replaced by Ashley College Town[3] The adjacent John O. Chiles Senior Residence Building was renovated.[4]

Harris Chiles

City of Atlanta designated Harris Homes and John O. Chiles Senior Residence Building as Harris Chiles neighborhood.

John Hope Homes

Adjacent to Castleberry Hill neighborhood southwest of Downtown Atlanta. 606 units Replaced by The Villages of Castleberry Hill mixed-income community.

McDaniel-Glenn Homes

41 acres (17 ha), 1000-unit[5] complex in the northwest corner of Mechanicsville, torn down between February and May 2006.[6] Replaced by Columbia at Mechanicsville Station.

Perry Homes

The homes, built 1959, were destroyed by a tornado on March 24, 1975, with the buildings replaced in 1976-77. In 1999, 1,072 public housing units were destroyed.[7] Replaced by West Highlands, which includes:

  • Columbia Estates, 124 townhouses and garden-style apartments, for rent
  • Columbia Heritage, a 132-unit mixed-income seniors housing development
  • Columbia Park Citi, a 154-unit mixed-income garden-style apartment complex
  • Columbia Crest, a 152-unit mixed-use project with 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of retail space; and
  • Columbia Grove, a 138-unit multifamily project that will be the final phase[8]

Techwood/Clark Howell

First public housing project in the United States,1,230 units opened 1936 located in the Centennial Hill district of Downtown Atlanta, replaced by Centennial Place. Kimberly Courts 300 units off-site replaced by Ashley Courts at Cascade. Other offsite replaced by Ashley Terrace at West End.

Not (yet) rebuilt

Antoine Graves

Senior citizen highrise built 1965. Architect John C. Portman, Jr. who designed numerous high-rises in Downtown Atlanta (AmericasMart, Peachtree Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, etc.) One of Portman's earliest and most influential projects, his first atrium building and only public housing project.[9] Located at 126 SE Hilliard St. SE, Downtown. Demolished 2009 including annex. Portman pleaded to save the building to no avail.

Bankhead Courts

Built 1970 consisted of 550 housing units.As of January 2011, "demolition was underway".[10]

Bowen Homes

Bowen Homes was built in 1964, named after John W. E. Bowen, Sr.[11] and was a sprawling complex of orange-colored duplexes, containing an elementary school and a library.[12] They were located along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (originally Bankhead Highway) just inside I-285 (the "Perimeter"). The site is now classified as part of the neighborhood of Brookview Heights.

In 1980 a water tube boiler explosion at the onsite Gate City Day Care Center killed 4 children and a teacher and injured seven others.

Rapper Shawty Lo was raised in Bowen Homes (one of his mixtapes Bowen Homes Carlos, is dedicated to the project), and the project was also featured in rapper T.I.'s video What Up, What's Haapnin' (seen as a "diss" to Shawty). Other musical groups from Bowen Homes include Shop Boyz,[13] Hood Rock.[14] Boxer Evander Holyfield grew up in Bowen.[15]

Bowen Homes was rife with crime — police reports show 168 violent crimes, including five murders, in the half year between June 2007 and January 2008. In 2008, 913 residents had to leave the complex of 104 buildings, which contained 650 units. Bowen Homes was the last large family housing project left in Atlanta and its razing made Atlanta America's first major city to completely do away with its large family housing projects (some senior and other minor properties remained).[16] Demolished June 3, 2009.[17]

Englewood Manor

Built 1970. 324 units were Demolished 2009.

Herndon Homes

496 units Located in the east part of the English Avenue neighborhood, east of Northside at John and Grey. Built 1941. As of January 2011, "demolition was almost complete".[10] Named for Alonzo F. Herndon, born a slave, founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company and became Atlanta's richest African American.[18] video

Hollywood Courts

As of January 2011,the 202 public housing units "demolition was almost complete".[10]

Jonesboro North

100 units Torn down in 2008.[19] video

Jonesboro South

160 units Torn down in 2008.[19] video

Leila Valley

175 units Torn down in 2008.[20] video

Palmer House

Senior citizen highrise. Named for Charles Forrest Palmer, first president of the Atlanta Housing Authority. Demolished floor-by-floor during Spring 2011.[21][22]

Roosevelt House

Senior citizen highrise with 150 apartments located at the southwest corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and North Avenue. Built 1973. Named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the American president who with Atlanta developer Charles Forrest Palmer founded the national public housing policy. Contained 150 apartments. The last residents left in 2009. Demolished with explosives on February 27, 2011.[21][22]

Thomasville Heights

Built 1967, 350 units demolished 2010.[10]

Public Works Administration: Architect's drawing of the University Housing Project in Atlanta, Georgia will replace slums depicted in 53227(1596), 1934

University Homes

Built in 1938 on the site of the former Beaver Slide slum. Seen as the African American counterpart to Techwood Homes, the first public housing project in the nation. Architect William Augustus Edwards. Demolished 2008-9. As of April 2011 still in the planning stages to become another mixed-income community.

U-Rescue Villa

Torn down in May 2008.[23]


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  3. ^ "Atlanta NPU T site". 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Evaluation of Performance and Impact of HOPE VI Community Revitalization (Harris Homes), Georgia State University 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  5. ^ "TSW and Associates | McDaniel Glenn Public Housing Development in Mechanicsville". 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  6. ^ Hard Hat News Archived March 22, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Blighted housing project could become site of 462-acre community with golf course, ''Atlanta Journal-Constitution'', 2000-04-01". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  8. ^ "eric Wong, "Saved by Hope VI",''Affordable Housing Finance''". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Maria Saporta, "Portman’s first atrium building to be torn down", Atlanta Business Chronicle". 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Council Committee Seeks AHA Eviction, Relocation Data". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  11. ^ Roberta Hughes Wright; Wilbur B. Hughes; Gina Renée Misiroglu (1996). Lay down body: living history in African American cemeteries. Visible Ink Press.  
  12. ^ , June 25, 2008Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionEric Strigus, "Bowen Homes tenants learn about relocation",
  13. ^ Vibe Media Group (August 2007). Vibe. Vibe Media Group.  
  14. ^ Emmis Communications (September 2007). Atlanta. Emmis Communications. p. 139.  
  15. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (January 1991). Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company.  
  16. ^ 'Atlanta Business Chronicle'', June 23, 2008"'". 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  17. ^ , April 27, 2010PBS AtlantaRose Scott, "Georgia State Professor To Testify On Preserving Public Housing",
  18. ^ Franklin M. Garrett (March 1, 2011). Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1880s-1930s. University of Georgia Press. p. 610.  
  19. ^ a b "Jonesboro North & South: Atlanta, Georgia". YouTube. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  20. ^ "Leila Valley- Atlanta, Ga". YouTube. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  21. ^ a b Arun, Aakash (2011-03-04). Historic Roosevelt House demolished", Technique, March 4, 2011""". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  22. ^ a b "Ariel Hart, "Atlanta building - and old public housing model - demolished", 'Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 27, 2011". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  23. ^ Old Fourth Ward Master Plan

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