Historic South Atlanta
Historic South Atlanta has a rich history of higher education, performing arts and community development. Having served as the home to Clark University and Gammon Theological Seminary for more than sixty years, South Atlanta was influenced by some of the most important African American families, university and seminary professors and concert artists of its time. Further still, it was a well-planned urban neighborhood comprised of low- and middle-income residents. South Atlanta lost its anchor in 1941 when the university and seminary relocated to the West End of Atlanta and the community began to decline for the next 50 years.
In 2000, residents and leadership of the South Atlanta Civic League approached FCS to invite us to apply our community development model to Historic South Atlanta. We humbly accepted their gracious offer to partner with the neighborhood to revitalize and transform South Atlanta.
South Atlanta is located south of downtown Atlanta bordered by University Avenue, McDonough Avenue and Lakewood Avenue. The neighborhood consists of 520 residential parcels and a population of approximately 1200 residents. The average household income in South Atlanta is $23,166, and 35% of the residents make less than $15,000/year. TH Slater Elementary School, LJ Price Middle School, and GW Carver High serve South Atlanta children.