“the City Too Busy to Hate”

Sometimes remembering hurts but it’s always good to know how far we’ve come. I found the history of Cascade Heights to be bitter-sweet, as what occurred was not very long ago. As per Wikipedia:

Cascade Heights is an affluent predominantly African-American neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. Along with Sandtown and other portions of unincorporated South Fulton County, the area has a reputation as having a high concentration of the African-American elite in the city.

Cascade Heights, or simply Cascade, can refer to a large area that is bound by I-20, on the north, I-285 on the west, South Utoy Creek on the south, and the Adams Park and Beecher Hills neighborhoods to the east. By this definition, this area also includes neighborhoods such as Peyton Forest, West Manor, and Mangum Manor to name a few. This situation can be paralleled to Midtown’s role in Northeast Atlanta; each neighborhood is separate and distinct but the area is still known by one generic name.

Here’s the interesting part:

In the early 1960s the area was a predominantly white neighborhood. After an African-American physician bought a home in Peyton Forest, white residents in the area feared that their neighborhood would become a victim of blockbusting,a business practice in which real estate agents would profit from the racial fears of white residents while changing the racial makeup of a white residential area.

Stop here.

Now, let’s not go on a Real Estate Agent bashing session, these were ignorant greedy people who happen to be agents and making their fortune from playing on the fears of their people (as they were also White). Every culture and race  have a few evil, greedy self-serving people. I remember reading how some Blacks sold other Blacks into slavery (another crazy history lesson for another day…)


“When African-Americans moved in to a neighborhood, their presence resulted in lower residential property values because many whites considered an integrated neighborhood to be undesirable. Real estate agents stirred up racial tension and benefited from the commissions they earned when fearful homeowners sold their properties, often at a loss, in order to escape the area.”

But are you kidding me? I understand greedy sales people, but et tu brute– Mayor? —- Read on! 

“In a 1962–1963 episode that came to be called “the Peyton Road affair”, Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen responded to residents’ fears of blockbusting by directing city staff to erect barricades on Peyton Road and Harlan Road to restrict access to Cascade Heights, thus preventing African-American home seekers from getting to the neighborhood from Gordon Road. He took the action at the urging of white residents of southwest Atlanta(in particular, one of his high-level employees who lived a short distance from Peyton Road). After the barricades went up, December 18, 1962,the incident quickly drew national attention. The barrier was compared to the Berlin Wall and nicknamed the “Atlanta wall”. Some newspapers in other parts of the country questioned Atlanta’s motto “the City Too Busy to Hate.” The walls were torn down when, on March 1, 1963, a court ruled them to be unconstitutional.

This event is considered to have helped spur the growth and prominence of Collier Heights, the first affluent community in the nation built by and for African-Americans.”

Whoa! DRAMA- can you imagine living through that?  I can’t, – just thinking,  my mother was alive during this time. Thank God for growth and progress. I  must constantly  remind myself-this was a different time, a different world and that maybe the Mayor did what he thought was best for the overall good??? (I was not there so….)

Notable residents of Cascade Heights include: former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, baseball legend Hank Aaron, former UN Ambassador and mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, and past national president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and founding member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Ozell Sutton, Dr. Howard W. Grant, current Executive Director/Administrator of the Atlanta Board of Education, and Kandi Burruss, singer/songwriter, record producer, and cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta ( Kandi recently bought a new house in a Cascade gated community-Go Kandi!!)

Today, what’s sad are the home values. Cascade Heights was hit  hard in the bust. The wonderful Veltre Estates still has a sign at the corner of Cascade  and  Veltre Circle.  During their development, I knew these would be a treat in Cascade Heights, with only 24home sites!  I found the quality of this builders to be like none other, in a time when everyone under the sun was building out Cascade and Camp Creek.  Throwing up homes in a month, on lots too close for anyone. Jones & Minear Homebuilders left no stone unturned when it came to the details.

Unfortunately home sales went from $599K down to $355K  last in 2011; what an amazing deal on these estates of 5 Bedrooms, 3sides brick and 3 car garage  homes.  This may be a great area to keep an eye on for a future short sale.

Here’s an old sales website– see how drastically they were reduced…

No worries, Cascade Heights will rebound. It’s a perfect location- perfect for those wanting to live close to the city, but maybe a bit tired of living in a really urban area.  The land is cheap enough for investors to purchase and rebuild new construction-although, to really have an impact on value the builder will need to do more than a few homes. I love the look of the older homes on Boulevard Granada and Boulevard Lorraine, but I can picture many new single family homes on these streets similar to what was done in Washington Park, since there are a few without character. – Don’t sleep on Cascade Heights- a good investment area!

Today @ Washington Park: Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition

Who: Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition (PARC) 

What: Launch of critical 2009 advocacy campaign-Act to Save Atlanta’s Parks (ASAP) including a special message from Arthur & Stephanie Blank.
Where: Washington Park, at the pavilion, 125 Lena St NW, Atlanta, GA  30314
 When: Tuesday, June 16 at 11:30AM

*Washington Park Weekend Event*

You, your family, and friends are especially invited to a fabulous evening under the stars in historic Washington Park !

To celebrate 90 years of Washington Park ‘s existence, the Friends of Washington Park are hosting

Cinema in the Park on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Come out to enjoy our feature film, Love and Basketball

We will also celebrate the life of Mr. Joseph “Jody” Brooks, first Co-Chair of the Friends of Washington Park’s Programming Committee and a wonderful friend and neighbor. 

Come EARLY to enjoy sweet treat concessions, giveaways, and get a GREAT SEAT!

Festivities start at 8:00pm, and the movie will start promptly at dusk. 

GO GREEN to the park! MARTA is smarta’! We are conveniently located 3 blocks from the Ashby Street MARTA station. 

Please share this information widely and visit the Cinema in the Park page on facebook and our website – www.washingtonparkatlanta.org!  

Any questions? Email us at fowp@washingtonparkatlanta.org  

We look forward to seeing you on June 13 in Washington Park !

Which station has Gas??

Suggestion to help us all-I saw this on East Atlanta Village usergroup.  

You can post it here or within your neighborhood’s usergroup but post the Station Name/ Station Address-Location/ Date & Time of Gas Purchase/Cost Per Gallon in the Subject line of emails or posts so that we can all stay current on where there is gas around our neighborhood.

For example if you purchase gas at the Exxon Station at the corner of
Oak & Joseph Lowery on Sept 27th at 10:00 AM and paid $4/Gallon the Subject
Line of your email/ post would look like this:

Exxon/Oak& J Lowery /Sept 27th 10:00 AM/$4.00

This way we could easily see where people were finding gas and all other relevant information, without even having to open up the email.

(Thanks Ed Gilgor of EAV, I hope you don’t mind us copying your idea! )

Invite from Friends of Washington Park (FoWP)

Greetings from the Friends of Washington Park!
Friends of Washington Park (FoWP) is a volunteer organization formed in 2007
with the goal of supporting Washington Park. FoWP is working to promote a
public space which improves the quality of life through safe, clean, and
well-maintained green space and high quality facilities.
On August 5, 2008, FoWP will be participating in the National Night Out 2008
with our inaugural Cinema in the Park After Dark event.  The 25th Annual
National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch. This will be an opportunity for local and
neighboring residents to interact as well as come out to meet local law
enforcement officers in an effort to strengthen our community and heighten drug
and crime prevention awareness. Additionally residents will have opportunity to
view the critically acclaimed motion picture Pride on a 20ft. Screen in the
Washington Park Natatorium parking area. 
In anticipation and support of this event we would like to offer your business
the unique opportunity to advertise on the big screen prior to the movie.  For
your convenience we offer three different advertising options to suit any
Option 1--$25:       Company logo of no more than half a page displayed with other
logos as sponsoring businesses in slide show prior to movie. 
Option 2--$50:       Full page company ad, including pictures, logos, and slogan as a sponsoring business in slide show prior to movie.
Option 3--$100:     Company may submit full length commercial of no more than 1
minute in length to be shown immediately prior to and directly following the
All advertisements are due by Friday, August 1, 2008 and must come in
electronic and/or scan-ready format.  Please make all checks payable to “Park
Pride-Washington Park”. Due to our partnership with Park Pride, a 501(c)3, all
donations made to FoWP are tax deductible. 
For further information or concerns please contact Jody Brooks at 678-333-5300
or via email at info@washingtonparkatlanta.org .