MARTA Five Points Station and its Crumbling Society

http://committeeforabetteratlanta.org/the-issues/homelessness/ Five Points MARTA Station is deteriorating, and a very uncomfortable place to catch the train. The little police presence from time to time, and growing crime rate is awful. The hard thing to realize is that the majority of people who do the crimes and are homeless are minority groups. MARTA is the Atlanta areas’ transportation system. It is a great source of transportation, but there is a difference when it comes down to where it is located. Marta Five Points Station is a symbol of the Gender, Race, and Class discrimination in the downtown area location. I can explain why this is happening. I have provided a link for more general imformation about the MARTA station. http://itsmarta.com/about-marta.aspx http://transitmap.net/post/12008335545/marta-atlanta Locations There are five train stations I use to get around the inner and outer city area. Those are: Five Points, Peachtree Center, Midtown, Arts Center, and Lenox. In the picture above, Five Points Station is the center of all train stations and it is the quickest way to get to each station. If this is the central hub for all stations, then why is it the most rundown area? Why it is that minority groups suffer the most with their built environments? Let me start off with the first station I mention, which is Five Points Station. This is located in downtown Atlanta. It is approximately an 11 minute walk away from my dormitory. I use this station if I want to get somewhere quickly, but I rarely use it. Peachtree Center Station is located on Peachtree Street in the hub of the downtown city area, next to...

Hierarchy of Space in Atlanta

Atlanta is a fast past city, filled with corporate and small businesses. The way the city of Atlanta is built defines itself and the people who live, work, and visit. The built environment has the ability to control an individual’s perception, such as, what type of people live in an area and what they are like. The built environment consists of any manmade structures with the purpose of human use. The built environment has the ability to influence what I like or dislike and even who I am as an individual. Most individuals do not understand the extent in which their built environment can influence every aspect of their lives. The built environment shapes who and what a person can become in the future. The built environment promotes a system of social hierarchy. In Atlanta and throughout the United States everyone is not treated equally. The built environment fosters the idea of inequality through architecture. The city of Atlanta, like other places, is defined by what consists inside of the area and who maintains it. During the time I truly looked at environment (Atlanta), I noticed a social hierarchy based on the built environment or space in which different individuals live or are constantly around. I noticed how the built environment can define an individual. Depending on where a person lives, certain assumptions or judgements can be made about them before they speak or show any actions. People who live in the inner city, communities outside of the city, and the homeless have three distinct built environments. There are certain advantages and disadvantages in each environment. While visiting the...

Methods of Defensive Architecture: Annotated Bibliography 8.

“5 Ways We Design Our Cities to Make Them Inhospitable to Human Life (Photos) | Alternet.” N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.  The article by Allegra Kirkland discusses the five types of defensive architecture cities use to exclude certain groups of people. Kirkland talks about how cities and private spaces use defensive architecture like spikes, sprinklers, checkpoints and divided benches to exclude the poor, specifically the homeless. In addition to this, cities also use aural methods like playing unpleasant sounds to prevent people from selling or sleeping around businesses. Kirkland uses the example of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium which played an industrial sound track to keep people from sleeping on the steps. Homeless deterrent bench. The spikes retract when a payment is received. Sourced from: David M. Boje I chose this article because it relates with my 7th annotated bibliography which focused on the use of spikes and expands on the different methods of defensive architecture being used in cities to exclude the homeless. This source also relates to the built environment setting found here in Atlanta. Most of the methods mentioned in Kirkland’s article can be seen in use throughout Atlanta. For example, some parks and businesses in Atlanta do use split benches, sprinkler systems, checkpoints and spikes to prevent the homeless from using those...

Library Resources

Library North 4th Floor   Jaret, Charles., Robert M. Adelman, Research Atlanta (Firm), and Georgia State University. Policy Research Center. Homelessness in Metro Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga.: Research Atlanta, 1997. Print. Library North 4th FloorWebb, Philip. Homeless Lives in American Cities: Interrogating Myth and Locating Community. First edition. 2014....
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