Explore historic Sweet Auburn with Sidewalk Radio
The newest episode of AM 1690’s show Sidewalk Radio is about Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. To coincide with the show, there’s a nice blog post with photos.
Here’s a quote:
The name “Sweet Auburn” was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, grandfather to Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson. Dobbs, himself the unofficial “mayor” of Auburn Avenue, helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement and for Auburn’s most notable resident, Martin Luther King, Jr.
The downtown Atlanta streetcar, currently under construction, runs through the Sweet Auburn area and will hopefully provide a boost in economic investment to this neighborhood that has experienced a devastating decline since the 1970s.
Looking forward, Auburn Avenue plays an important role in Downtown Atlanta and Sweet Auburn’s revitalization due in large part to the Atlanta Streetcar Project. At one time Atlanta boasted over 300 miles of streetcar tracks, not only providing a mode of transportation, but also connecting our communities.
Sidewalk Radio airs Monday Feb 27 at 8:30AM and 6:30PM on AM 1690. You can also listen live at www.1690wmlb.com