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Despite long standing efforts going back to the turn of the century when city planning and other reform movements emerged, the poverty and social problems of distressed urban neighborhoods in United States cities persist. This book looks at the progress that has taken place in many of the country's devastated areas. The book highlights examples of achievements made through community organizations and residents.

Atlanta: Peoplestown—Resilience and Tenacity Versus Institutional Hostility
Atlanta: Peoplestown—resilience and tenacity versus institutional hostility
Early History

Peoplestown is a small (2,527 persons), poor (officially 50% poverty), African American (95%), predominantly rental (85%), well-organized, politically tenacious, indigenously redeveloping neighborhood located one and one-half miles south of Georgia's capital. Developed as a streetcar suburb after the Atlanta Electric Railway built a line along Capitol Avenue in 1885, the neighborhood initially consisted of middle-and upper-class Victorian homes, shacks, and one- and two-room homes. Typical of Atlanta and the South, the neighborhood contained both racially integrated sections and an enclave of exclusively black residences. Along the streets and avenues with rail or streetcar service (Ormond, Capital, and later Atlanta), and west of Capital Avenue on Washington Street and Crew Streets, Victorian ...

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