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Atlanta History Notes, January 2008


Written on January 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm, by Sue

While they were in town to play the Hawks over the weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers took some time to visit the MLK childhood home, as well as other places in the King district.

Portland Trail Blazers visit the Martin Luther King Birth Home, and other sites around Atlanta

Pretty sweet. Who knew there were program directors for basketball players? Neat that since he’s a black history buff, that’s just what they end up doing wherever they go.

Incidentally, the Wren’s Nest has the unique opportunity of being a site folks visit specifically for black history and a site that folks won’t visit because we’re racist toward blacks.

Next: in keeping with Atlanta’s history of renaming, rebuilding, and rebranding, the powers that be have taken the liberty of nixing Bishop St. in favor of the far more numerical 17th Street.

17th Street Is Taking Over Bishop

At this point I think they’re just trying to confuse Amelia as much as possible.

Speaking of MLK and street name changes, one of the ladies who ran the Wren’s Nest long ago refused to open her mail once her street name changed. What was once Hunter Street became MLK Blvd. She wrote “return to sender” on all her mail with the MLK address.

Does anyone know if Harris Street was named after Joel Chandler Harris? I’m having a hard time digging that one up.

Finally: Governor Perdue wants to turn the old world of Coke into a new state history museum.

The Old World of Coke, with the Capitol Building in the background

Peach Pundit isn’t so sure it’s a good idea, and I’m not sure if the adjunct proposal to turn the DOT building into a parking lot is (a) sweet, sweet irony, (b) poetic justice, or (c) an unsettling omen.

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