Annotated Bibliography- Final Draft

Blau, Max “Can Anyone Stop Atlanta’s Rapid Gentrification?” Creative Loafing Atlanta. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

Atlanta is said to be the leading city for rates of gentrification. Records show that rates have increased from 8.6 percent to 20 percent that is more than double the average rate. Some reasons given is that there is a growth in education levels, infrastructure investments, and housing prices. The change in education levels shows that new people are moving into those areas, and native residents are not developing their incomes to meet those of the newcomers. Atlanta has been largely made up of African-Americans, and now the neighborhoods are becoming whiter. The spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed says that the officials are combating the gentrification by employing the right developers to boost its workforce housing stock. But the argument comes in because gentrification leads to higher property values with means more tax revenues for the government. And with more money, the city can spend more money on its citizens. For example the Beltline and Streetcar. This article provides great support for how residential segregation and architecture work together. Specifically to exemplify how political agendas and history can affect the built environment.

Atlanta Gentrification, 2000-present
Atlanta Gentrification, 1990-2000

Bullard, Robert D., and Johnson, Glenn S., and Torres, Angel O. “{Complete Report} The State of Black Atlanta 2010.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

This article provides a very different perspective of the black community and the black community within Atlanta. It explains how Atlanta is known as the “Black Mecca”. It is rated one of the best cities for African Americans. It is one of the top 3 cities for black travelers. It also has the most HBCUs. It is also the fastest growing millionaire population in the U.S. It does mention the poverty rate and states it is in the top 3 of 101 cities with most of it people below the 50% poverty level. This is why it is referred to as a Paradox. It also discusses how Atlanta has a wide black-white unemployment gap. The authors say that place matters, where a person lives is an indicator for high or low environmental health risks. Location dictates access to healthcare and residential amenities like grocery stores, farmer’s markets. Wealthier areas have access to three times as many grocery stores, and low-income people pay 10-40 cents more for food than higher income residents. This source gives the opposing side of all the benefits blacks in Atlanta have as well as some additional information to show the oppression and segregation.

Collins, Chiquita A., and David R. Williams. “Segregation and Mortality: The Deadly Effects of Racism?” Sociological Forum 14.3 (1999): 495–523. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Racism is a key factor for the development of segregation and how it has now shaped the world today. The article states that whites believe blacks promote violence, are not hard working or intelligent, and are not self-supporting. These stereotypes have been the basis for separation and when one combines this information with present day maps like in the previous citation. The stereotypes create a trickle effect for the blacks and minority people. The article goes on to explain how because of the slander and isolation blacks suffer economic inequality. Without the income, people are forced to live in more affordable areas that are filled with poverty inadequate school systems and limited transportation that do not allow people to better themselves. This source is extremely detailed in its explanations of racial segregation and inequality. For example, because structural segregation leads to social problems it brings down the morale and values that are necessary for success, and now these neighborhoods are lacking good work ethic and formal education that in turn creates and endless cycle of poverty.

The Editorial Board. “The Architecture of Segregation.” The New York Times 5 Sept. 2015. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.

The New York Times released an editorial in the Sunday Review that highlights the facts of poverty in low-income and minority neighborhoods. It discusses the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and how it was put in place to alleviate inequality when it comes to housing. The Act was supposed to encourage fairness but was not taken seriously by lawmakers and was, in fact, causing more disparities between communities of lower income versus those with higher income. This article can be used as an excellent illustration of how the government fails to make a real difference. In conjunction with Architectural Exclusion, this piece can make a compelling point on how architecture and segregation affect minorities.  A weakness in this article is that it does not have references, so it is hard to tell where the author is getting its information. Overall, the piece does present a healthy debate that can be used to support how the built environment influences racism.

Gradín, Carlos, Coral Del Río, and Olga Alonso-Villar. “Occupational Segregation by Race and Ethnicityin the United States: Differences Across States.” Regional Studies 49.10 (2015): 1621. Web.

In the article, “Occupational Segregation by Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Differences Across States” discusses the inequality within professions across the United States. The authors use the results from the 2005-07 American Community Survey. The findings of the study show that based on geographic location, there is a difference in occupational discrimination. The goal is to try and see if there is a pattern among states. For example, the findings suggest that when there is higher segregation, then there are less white people in an area. The more segregation, the more diversity within a state. This article ties into the built environment because it shows examples from all over the United States and not just one city. This article can also be useful because it ties into the article about residential segregation. They can both be used as evidence to support one another’s argument and the argument on the influence of the built environment.

Handy, Susan L. et al. “How the Built Environment Affects Physical Activity.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 23.2 (2002): 64–73. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

Doctors from the University of California have conducted research to see how the built environment can affect physical activity. The article highlights how the design, land patterns and transportation systems can either promote or negate walking and exercise to make healthier communities. This article can be helpful to support how the built environment affects everyday life. To accurately measure the effects of the built environment the authors break the environment down into dimensions and use the concepts and methods from urban planners. The five dimensions used are density and intensity of development, a mix of land uses, connectivity of the street networks, the scale of streets, and aesthetic qualities of a place. This article can be utilized together with the previous article by Harrison and Spielman to make a strong argument on the multiple effects the built environment has on society.

Schindler, Sarah. “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment.” Yale Law Journal 124.6 (2015): 1934–2024. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

Sarah Schindler is a Professor of Law at the University of Maine; she brings awareness to how architecture and city planning have worked as forms of regulation to keep people in or out of certain areas. She calls out lawmakers and legislators because they do not consider architecture as a kind of control. She uses examples of bridge designs, highways, and transportation systems as evidence. In part I of her article she focuses on exactly how the built environment regulates behaviors and in part II she gives examples of actions taken by police, residents, and politicians that have further divided cities. In comparison to the citation about Residential segregation, both articles are very similar because they aim to prove how the built environment has affected and even caused division within cities and communities but Architectural exclusion is directed towards the law.

Spielman, Seth, and Patrick Harrison. “The Co-Evolution of Residential Segregation and the Built Environment at the Turn of the 20th Century: A Schelling Model.” Transactions in GIS 18.1 (2014): 25–45. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

Seth Spielman from the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado and Patrick Harrison from the University of Virginia author a research article. The article is called, “The Co-evolution of Residential Segregation and the Built Environment at the turn of the 20th Century: A Schelling Model” The article discusses how the decentralization of cities has affected economic and residential segregation. To do this, the authors have developed a Schelling model and used the information from the GIS that shows the population of Newark, NJ in 1880 and used that information to recreate a model to show the changes from then and now. Their results state that changes in residential segregation can be due to the built environment. This article can be useful as evidence to support how the built environment has affected race relations.

Williams Reid, Lesley, and Robert M. Adelman. “The Double-edged Sword of Gentrification in Atlanta.” The Double-edged Sword of Gentrification in Atlanta. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar.    2017.

The article “The Double-edged Sword of Gentrification in Atlanta” by Lesley Williams Reid and Robert M. Adelman, professors at Georgia State University discuss the reasons for gentrification in Atlanta. Atlanta does not have physical barriers like mountains or lakes to contain its growth, so it continues to grow. This leaves more space and opportunity to rebuild and create new developments.  This article opposes the view of “The Co-evolution of Residential Segregation and the Built Environment at the turn of the 20th Century: A Schelling Model” because it talks about how the growth of suburban life consequently increases the growth of the inner city. Areas like East Lake, East Atlanta, and Kirkwood are close to the city. They have historic housing, and the residents are getting older, so there are chances for redevelopments. But in addition to property values, are the occupants of those residences. African Americans were the primary people in East Atlanta, East Lake, and Kirkwood but are now being kicked out because the whites are moving back in and raising the cost of living. The solutions are to implement affordable housing policies for low-income residents, give incentives to build, and turn foreclosure homes and properties into affordable housing. This article provides more detail and evidence about the backgrounds of property value and race relations.

VanHemert, Kyle “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation.” WIRED. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

The article, “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation” by Kyle VanHemert points out the racial disparities in cities across the United States. The map was made by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia. He uses the information from the 2010 Census to make these maps. The maps are color coded by dots, and each dot represents one person. Blue dots represent white people, African-Americans are shown with green, Asians are shown with red, Latinos are orange, and all other races are shown with brown. It is the first map to show both the country’s ethnic distribution and every single citizen at the same time. The article then goes on to explain the distributions within different cities. The maps allow you to see and make comparisons about racial distribution among the various cities. In the map of Atlanta, there is a clear division of whites and blacks, and this can be used to show how, although by law we are not segregated,  when one looks at the map there is still racial division especially in the south. This source will serve as a great visual example of the divisions.

Atlanta, Georgia
Birmingham, Alabama

Personal Sight Response- The Gregorian Terrace Hotel

Outside view of the Gregorian Hotel

The Georgian Terrace Hotel has been known to be a very lavish and beautiful location. It is located across the street from the Fox Theatre. The hotel has been around since 1911 and became popular because the opening gala for Gone With the Wind was hosted there. Since then they have hosted many exclusive social events.

The pillars above the foyer
View of the foyer

My experience at the hotel was great! I arrived at the hotel around 11 in the morning. I walked through a set of double doors and then into a beautiful foyer with plush couches and chairs arranged in a circle.  When you look up, you can see vast white pillars all around connected to make a circular monument that continues all the way up to the ceiling with an opening to each floor of the hotel. The receptionist greeted me and when I explained my purpose she had me wait for the hotel Manager. The hotel Manager shook my hand and then gave me permission to take photos. He then guided me down the hall to a dining room.

View of first room after the entrance
View of from the bottom of the stairs

The first thing that caught my attention was the paintings on the wall that were framed with white trimmings. I also noticed the gorgeous crystal chandeliers hanging in the center of the room. Then I proceeded to walk down the stairs, at the bottom of the stairs, you can see a different view of the room. The stairs lead down to the lower level of the hotel where the conference rooms are located. There were photos on the wall of what the original hotel look like before it was renovated to what it is today. Then I walked to Edgar’s P&P which is a drinkrey. The restaurant is the most authentic part of the hotel because it is the original structure of the hotel. I was not able to go inside because the restaurant did not open until 5 pm. But from what I could see, it looked very old-fashioned and rustic. The restaurant had dark concrete floors and brown brick walls, it also had barrels on the wall and simple hang lighting.

View of Edgar’s P&P
The Ballroom

Once I left Edgar’s P&P, I was shown the ballroom. The ballroom was dazzling with crystal chandeliers. On the ceiling, there was white trimming with detailed carvings. And next to the stage there are white pillars with crown molding and lights on all four sides. The room was being set up for a wedding that weekend, so the chairs were leading up to a stage. Overall, the hotel is a beautiful antique. It was like a snapshot in time of what life was like back then. All throughout the hotel is white marble flooring and white metal railings. Even with the renovations, the hotel still captures the essence of Georgian lifestyle.


Focused Built Environment Description- Inman Park

A contemporary home in Inman Park
The lilac house in Inman Park
A traditional home in Inman Park
Apartments in Inman Park

Inman Park Neighborhood is one of Atlanta’s first planned neighborhoods. It is known as the “Garden Suburb” there are lots of trees and flowers. Although it is a huge area with lots of shops and restaurants.; there is also an amazing array of homes. There are several different types of houses all of which carry their own personality. There is a range of architecture. Some homes are newer and look more contemporary and sleek. They are huge glass windows, and untraditional stairways made of stone. Then there are some that are old-fashioned and authentic. Those have a traditional entryway with concrete stairs and porches painted white. The houses are made of shingles that are painted countless vibrant and dark colors. There was one house, in particular, that is painted a bright lilac color. One aspect that truly draws one’s attention, is the way the homes are arranged. There are newer homes next to old ones, and apartments across the street from houses. Old-fashioned next to contemporary and modern. Some of the houses look like they have been there for decades and have been remodeled. There was a row, of what looks like townhouses next to the path under the bridge. Each house is a different color; one of them is a charming burgundy brown with bricks. Another one is white and brick with pale lime green curtains. Each house in Inman Park tells its own story, in combination with the shops and restaurants. Inman park is very inviting, and a great way to spend a Sunday.

*All photos taken by Gabriella Anetekhai


Personal Site Response-Inman Park

Apartments with some shops below
Houses next to the path under the bridge
The path under the bridge
Highland Ave with some shops

On Sunday, February 12th around 1:30 pm, I arrive at  Inman Park neighborhood located of off Highland Ave.  It’s surprising because I never knew that this area even existed. I think that the area is super cute and the weather outside feels great, it all makes the experience even better. I park on the street just before the bridge and then walk over the bridge to where the shops are. But, while on the bridge I look down and see a walkway, people are walking in both directions under the bridge. Some faces were full of smiles and laughter; others had blank expressions.  Once off of the bridge I see people having lunch outside with their families. Some with their children, others with their significant other. There are people of all different races and ethnicities. It all feels so peaceful. I feel the wind blowing and birds chirping and playing in the sky. People are chatting while enjoying their meals. I see people walking their dogs, some people have on athletic gear and are jogging or riding their bikes. I see several different apartments complexes, some newer than others. This particular area reminds of an area called Hinsdale in Illinois. The two are very similar; the trees are tall and bare. During the spring, I could only image how beautiful the neighborhood will look. I think that Inman Park is a unique community in Atlanta. Its location is very discreet because it is off of Broadway Blvd not too far away from Georgia State Campus. The area is a little similar to Edgewood because it’s a bit rustic and eccentric, but it is also very family friendly and old-fashioned.  I visited a smoothie shop called Kale Me Crazy, and I got a smoothie called Tropical Trippin’ , the employees were all very nice and the cashier even went to Georgia State. Overall, I felt very comfortable with my experience at Inman Park. I would definitely go back again with some friends.

*All photos taken by Gabriella Anetekhai