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Purging the PoorestPublic Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities$
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Lawrence J. Vale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012315

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012599.001.0001

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Public Housing and Private Initiative

Public Housing and Private Initiative

Developing Atlanta’s Techwood and Clark Howell Homes

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Purging the Poorest

Lawrence J. Vale

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the history of Techwood and Clark Howell Homes’ development. During the mid-1930s, Atlanta’s Techwood Homes opened as the pioneer housing development in the United States, supplanting the mostly black-occupied slum with an all-white project. However, sixty years later, Techwood and its neighbor Clark Howell development had become the slums that they once replaced, which were in turn demolished to pave way for the Olympic Village in 1996 and the Centenial Place—a mixed-income development community. Atlanta’s history of demolition and redevelopment stretches all the way to the Civil War. During that time, the young city was burned by the Union general William T. Sherman in 1864, which was immortalized in the epic Gone with the Wind. This redevelopment trend has led to numerous image reinvention strategies that range from the capital of the New South, the Forward Atlanta campaign, the antebellum South, the Black Mecca, and the “world’s next great international city”.

Keywords:   housing, Techwood Homes, Clark Howell, demolition, Atlanta, Olympic Village, Centenial Place, William T. Sherman, Gone with the Wind

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