As home to Bedford Pine, the Southeast’s largest Section 8 housing project, and more than a few headline-grabbing if isolated crimes across the years, the Boulevard corridor has taken lumps in being called “Atlanta’s highest concentration of poverty,” “one of the city’s most notorious stretches of pavement,” and even “the hole in the donut” of Atlanta development.
But could a swell of unrelated projects—and the advent, anecdotally, of Boulevard townhomes asking almost $1 million—suggest that some of the traditional knocks against the troubled thoroughfare are slowly losing their validity?
Boulevard is dotted with new real estate ventures: finished projects, active construction sites, and proposals. Elsewhere looms the towering shadow of a crane that could help usher in hundreds of new residents within a few yards of Boulevard by next summer.
For this installment of Visual Journeys, we decided to pound pavement along Boulevard, from Ponce de Leon Avenue to Decatur Street, and have a look.
Note: Not shown are the finished senior housing apartments City Lights, which consumed a prominent Boulevard corner, and various multifamily ventures—especially townhomes—sprouting on adjacent blocks, with one notable exception.