I took these photos around the corner of Boulevard Drive and Ponce De Leon Ave. My research paper is going to be on how this area, and more specifically how Boulevard and Monroe Drive, came to be as it is, physically divided among social class by Ponce De Leon Avenue into Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward. On the side of Ponce where the road is named Boulevard is the old Fourth Ward section, where there is a prevalence of low-income housing, fast food restaurants, bail bonds shops and other altogether abandoned buildings (including City Hall East).
Just across Ponce the road changes its name to Monroe Drive, and this side is the Midtown side. On this side there is a plethora of middle-high income housing, new high-rise condos, more expensive sit-down restaurants, organic grocery stores and centers for entertainment. It’s prevalent just through looking the amount of gentrification going on around and on the edge of the Old Fourth Ward Area, but Ponce still serves as a physical stopping point for it.
Boulevard NE changed its name in 1966 in an attempt to separate the “white” side of town from the “black” side, and the class differences can still be seen today. While North of Ponce Midtown has progressively gentrified since the 1980’s, the South side of Ponce in Old Fourth Ward District has only recently begun to catch up in the areas towards Edgewood and Auburn Avenue.
In the area that used to be known as “Buttermilk Bottoms” and the one now known as Bedford Pines, project 8 housing is still prevalent.
The Sears Roebuck building that closed down in the late 1980’s and the and the infamous “Murder Kroger” are good examples of big business and rehabilitation having a hard time staying afloat in this area.
On the Midtown side, businesses like Trader Joes and the Midtown Arts Cinema cater to higher income food and entertainment. You would be hard pressed to find much of any organic food stores or entertainment centers across the street of Ponce.
 Teaford, Jon C. The Metropolitan Revolution: the Rise of Post-urban America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.
 Richard Leon Thorton, Blight in an Urban Corridor: Ponce De Leon Avenue, Atlanta (PhD diss., Georgia State University, 1976)
 “Atlanta’s Buttermilk Bottoms,” last modified February 13, 2010, http://nmaahc.si.edu/memory/view/138.