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Old 01-23-2009, 04:44 AM
 
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Hello everyone, I hope someone would be kind enough to help me with this. I'm doing a report on housing projects and ghettos in the South, but since I live in London it's difficult to go and collect information myself. Calling local authorities only does so much.

If anyone could give me the names of places in Georgia where there are projects/ghettos(official housing projects or just rundown areas) I would really appreciate any information!!

There's one in particular I'm interested in, going from Atlanta to Rome(I think it's off highway 75, not sure) there was some projects on the left-hand side. I was told they were called Madison Projects but can't corroborate this. Any thoughts?

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Old 01-23-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: 33415
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go to AHA. Atlanta Housing Authority.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:46 PM
 
Location: North Georgia
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I don't know about ghettos, but Freedom Pkwy and Boulevard, which are right beside Atlanta Medical Center is quite possibly the worst area in Atlanta crime wise. I stayed at a little charity house there while my husband was in intensive care. We(those of us in the house) wouldn't even walk the 1 block up to the hospital if it was after dark without a security escort.
I was a gas station near there where I went to buy a coke one morning and someone tried to sell me crack right in front of the clerk in broad daylight and then when I turned down, proceeded to follow me into the parking lot...If that gives you any idea.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Thanks a lot you guys. Will definitely look those up and contact the AHA. Seems like one of the hard parts is someone will tell me a neighbourhood is called something other than the official name. I guess theres nicknames for projects that only the locals know, or maybe they were renamed and the new name didn't stick...
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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A word of advice, london.girl....

If you start calling around the agencies here, it's best to tell them why you're calling and ask for info on "public housing" or "assisted housing" or something along those lines - something that will let them know where you're getting at, without offending anyone.

Now, we do occasionally use the word "ghetto" here, and technically it's an insult, or leaning that way, depending on the use. But considering the fact that the majority of people who work for the housing authority are Black, it might not be a good idea to use that word when calling, even if you are innocently seeking info on the topic. One word can cause a defensive mechanism that will get you no where (or hung up on). You can most likely also get away with "housing projects" most of the time, too.

Just my opinion - coming from someone who once told a British coworker that if she didn't stop teasing me I would "smack her fanny". OOPS. (consider the "ghetto" word an oops in Atlanta).
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Acworth
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go to real estate listings and look at the cheapest properties. houses for 3000$? chances are its not in a lovely area. then dig up the info on the zip they are in and you have something right there
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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Are you serious Ailin? The area around Atlanta Medical Center might not be the best part of Atlanta, but it is far from the worst. Try going down Bankhead Highway sometime, or down McDaniel Street in the Pittsburg neighborhood south of downtown. Now those are some scary places!
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Augusta would be a great place to conduct your research... it's much smaller than Atlanta so it would probably be easier to research and get a hold of the right people. Augusta has several large and notorious housing projects... it some ways it's housing projects are reflective of those of a much larger city. Some that come to mind are Cherry Tree Crossing (the largest in the city), Olmstead Homes, and Allen Homes. Harrisburg is one neighborhood in Augusta that has steadily declined from a blue collar mill neighborhood to a ghetto area with drugs, homelessness, and crime. There is an organization in Harrisburg you may want to contact called HONGKONG. Also you may want to contact the Augusta Housing Authority.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:13 PM
 
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Thanks so much everyone, for your help. I really appreciate it, every one of you have given me good advice(and good humour). I'm going to get to work on your leads!
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