My research paper is on the influence the construction of the Georgia Dome had on the small neighborhood of Vine City. In the wake of Rankin Smith, former owner of the Falcons, looking to move the team to Jacksonville and the potential hosting of the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996, planning for the largest domed structure in the world began in the early 80’s. In 1988 the Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Commissioner decided to build a domed stadium downtown in what is Vine City. Vine City was essentially cut off from the rest of downtown by the Georgia World Congress Center and the Dome. In the years after the Dome;s construction, Vine City has struggled to keep pace with the changing landscape surrounding the neighborhood. The blending of the old neighbor and arrival of new urbanization is evident thought out the community.
The first image is of the welcome sign when you turn into the neighborhood. The next is of new housing that has been constructed contrasting with the older homes in the area. The next two images are of streets in Vine City that just end now. They used to connect both ends of the neighborhood, but they now ends where Northside Drive is built. The Dead End signs are prevalent though out the neighborhood. The next picture is of a house on one of those dead end roads that are hard to even drive down and the disrepair that it has fallen in to. The image of the church represents the concerted effort the churches in the neighborhood took to try and prevent the Dome from being built. The last picture is the southern most boundary of Vine City, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
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