Each day, to and from my job I curse the transportation engineers who thought it was a good idea to fuse Interstate 75 and 85 to form "The Connector" which cuts through downtown Atlanta before splitting again. This created an instant bottleneck which is the cause of tens of thousands of lost hours of productivity.
When there is deadlocked congestion on "The Connector" going to or from work I choose to cut through the neighborhoods, make progress and then hop back on the Interstate.
The two communities that I have learned per these drive-threws are "The Pittsburgh Community" and "The Bluffs".
Though I never felt unsafe, it was disturbing to hear reports of violence along these streets, only to see the building that I knew very well by sight appear on the news.
As one drives down "Metropolitan Parkway" (The former infamous 'Stewart Avenue' ) - between University Avenue and Shelton Ave - it is impossible not to see the potential for a "Grant Park Gentrification Re-run"
An intown community.
Close to a park (I know that there is a baseball field west of Metropolitan. I believe it also has park-space).
The Interstate and public transportation nearby.
AN ABUNDANCE of under-capitalized real estate.
A LARGELY BLACK AND POOR RESIDENTS whose believe in "Civil Rights Political Uplift" has left them exhausted after years of activism.
YUP!! Good for the taking.
The question SHOULD NOT BE "Is it THERE FAULT that they are vulnerable and underdeveloped after so many years?"
This would render them as 2 DIMENSIONAL.
Instead we must look at the "RED-LINED INVESTMENTS" - not from THE SUBPRIME BANKS - but from the POLITICAL LEADERSHIP who served as their INVESTMENT ADVISERS.
They indeed got latched to 'The Winning Train' (In city and county politics). Unfortunately THEY LOST in that few people see that "The Black Vote" is a currency that is invested with the expectation of future returns.
While they may have had PRIDE in "seeing themselves" in the MACHINE that runs the city government - any promises of AFFORDABLE HOUSING for them is overshadowed by the booming redevelopment and construction market that is taking place in formerly rundown areas like "Marietta Boulevard". This new stream of city tax revenues is too lucrative for any right thinking politician to turn down.
If this article (below) notes that this once thriving working class community has shrunk from 7,600 down to 3,600 - with some blocks containing several abandoned housing property stock - then it is reasonable to admit that this area is operating far below its POTENTIAL - both in DEVELOPMENT and the density of HOUSING for poor people.
Recall that when "Fort McPherson" (several miles away and not considered 'Pittsburgh') had the opportunity to be remade into a 'Scientific Research Park' - I rebutted the position of then Senator Vincent Fort. Senator Fort vowed to fight against a "Gated White Island In A Sea Of Poor Blackness' by insisting that the project place 'Affordable Housing' on the INSIDE of the fort and give tax abatement to the relatively poor neighborhood that surrounded the fort.
I argued, to the contrary that it would be more logical to allow the developer to build the most expensive houses that they could SELL on the inside of the fort, but that the Senator should extract HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT MONEY to direct toward acquiring and build up the homes on the OUTSIDE OF THE FORT - and getting families needing AFFORDABLE HOUSING into these homes.
You were not allowed on the MILITARY FORT before - but the government didn't pay property taxes. The "Super White Island" may have been EXCLUSIVE - and YOU KNOW that rich Black folks would have bought up half of the properties anyway - BUT AT LEAST YOUR TAX REVENUE FLOW would have been primed for pumping outward)
There are far more of these properties on the outside of the fort, but the Senator was fixated on the "White Island". (The deal collapsed and Tyler Perry swooped in. His project was a FRACTION of the value of the research park - but still some people's [Supposed] "Racial Pride" could not see that this sweetheart deal was NOT a better deal for the community. Instead of a "White Island' you have "BLACK FAIRY TALES being filmed on a movie studio lot. ).
Source: AJC - Torpy At Large
The point of all of this is to say : "The Pittsburgh Community" in its present state is NOT "Just" a product of "New Jim Crow Subprime Banking" as the narrative "THEY" want you to believe goes.
It is another saga of a poor, vulnerable community whose adult community voices got behind certain PUBLIC POLICIES that offered them PROMISE but ultimately did not do what was promised: TO TURN THEM INTO "FORMERLY VULNERABLE PEOPLE".
Drive through this same place now and you'll see a bombardment of POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SIGNS, - to the point of a public nuance - yet this is representative of the "BLACK VALUABLES HARVESTING FIELDS" that this, "The Bluffs" and a handful of other pockets of "Black Loyal Poverty" are appropriated for.