The Overlooked Intersection–BEA

      Atlanta is known to have pockets of rich and poor areas. I have never really noticed until I began school here at Georgia State. Living on Piedmont Avenue, a one-way street, encouraged me to take different routes to get to places. The intersection of Pine St. and Courtland St. was something that caught my eye immediately. The first time I saw this intersection I was on the way home from Publix on Piedmont. I took Courtland to get back, and it dawned on me that this intersection was completely different from the surrounding area. The built environment surrounding the intersection of Pine Street and Courtland Street near Metro Atlanta’s Task force for the homeless can be seen as an area that discriminates against class and race. Gentrification is a term that can be used to describe this area because large amounts of homeless people are being pushed out of the redeveloped locations that are undergoing massive increases in property values, into the secluded intersection. The gentrification present in the intersection is resulting in marginalized communities that shift the community’s’ culture, places those affected farther into poverty while also putting these individual’s public health in danger.       I remember observing about 15- 20 people along the sidewalk of the intersection, some had huge bags and others had nothing but the clothes on their back. The street was covered in garbage, and two nearby parking lots were completely empty. Observing the intersection made me question a lot of things like- how did the environment get to this condition? why were there nice houses on the other...
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