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Old 06-24-2010, 09:55 AM
Location: ATL
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Diversity a point of pride for East Point *| ajc.com
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:37 AM
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Interesting article. I grew up in nearby Sylvan Hills and worked in EP back in the 70s. The following quote from the article is (at least in my opinion) true:

"If the economy hadn't gone down, East Point would be Decatur by now," Rabb said. "It has a great downtown, great people, MARTA line. It's all here."

Prior to the bubble and general economic woes - EP real estate was moving at a brisk pace, local commerce was improving, and it was generally being viewed as the one of the proverbial "next hot neighborhoods" in realtor circles. Of course the the bubble went kaboom, the economy adjusted, and things slowed down everywhere.

There are some great homes in EP (I favor the ones on Jefferson Ave) and had many high school girlfriends who went to nearby Russell high school (now Tri_Cities I believe) so I've got fond memories of the place. Back in the day the EP Police were quite notorious for deriving income from very minor traffic offenses and ,at times, had the "speed trap" mentality often found in small towns. However, eventually that straightened itself out.

But back to the article, I think the city should celebrate and encourage the diversity simply because without couples (gay and straight) buying into the city then there would be decline especially in this economy.

I always chuckle when current EP residents or realtors tell me about EP like its a secret. Of course given the increasing lack of Atlanta natives its natural and understandable for them to assume that EP is not particularly well-known to most people. One guy at work told me about the home he bought in Jefferson Park. He showed it to me online and it flipped him out when I started describing the basement in uncanny detail. It turns out the house he bought once belonged to one of my best friends family. I didn't tell him all the wild stories about the parties we had in "his" home.
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