The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has released its list of “Places in Peril.”
Some of the sites listed are threatened due to redevelopment of the areas, such as teardowns in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. With a booming housing market, many homes in historic neighborhoods are being bought by developers and torn down, replaced with new homes that may not fit in with other traditional designs in the area.
Bobby Jones Golf Course, one of the earliest public courses in the City of Atlanta, is also under threat from redevelopment. A plan for Atlanta Memorial Park recommended that the course be severely altered and converted into a nine-hole course that would not use the existing clubhouse. Often overlooked, the course played a pivotal role in civil rights in Atlanta. According to a New York Times article on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Holmes v. Atlanta, that case resulted in the first real implementation of desegregation in Atlanta.
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