Fulton County is filled with a wide variety of communities that have countless stories to share about their beginnings, collective accomplishments and future visions. After acknowledging a need to document stories that are rarely captured by conventional media outlets, People TV launched its documentary project entitled Sidewalk Stories to provide organizations an opportunity to share stories about their communities in ways that accurately reflect their memories, values and work to build bright futures. The first Sidewalk Stories documentary premiered May 2008 and continues this year with the third installment. This special ongoing project, which features five unique perspectives that together show how people are determined to preserve their history, celebrate their culture and make their communities better for future generations.
Nestled in the northwest corner of Atlanta is a quaint neighborhood that was once a community made up of factory employees who worked in the Atlantic Steel mill. From its close proximity to popular destinations such as Atlantic Station, which rests on the former steel mill site, to its lush central green space, Loring Heights has a lot of features that appeal to a diverse mix of residents.
Gladys Knight, Marvin S. Arrington, Sr., and Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. are a few among many notables that English Avenue community has contributed to Atlanta’s rich history. Commonly regarded as a “hidden gem,” English Avenue is currently experiencing a strong resurgence that is rooted deeply in the values that initially made it a vibrant neighbor-hood in the 1950s and 1960s.
Central and accessible, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a living, thriving hub for community-minded people to find themselves cultivating business and friendships. Music, food, local and specialty groceries, history, and opportunities for laughter are just a few things available for consumption.
Throughout the metro Atlanta area, a number of communities are experiencing urban revitalization and developing centers where people can access resources to find jobs, raise healthy families, purchase homes, and strengthen ties within the community. The Center for Working Families, Inc. is one of these blossoming center’s that shines clearly as a light of hope for so many who strive to experience positive change in their community and personal lives.
With earnest development and renovation, Fairburn is evolving from charming, family-based, true Georgia community, into a centralized, focused marriage of old values and new concepts. Still, and to be, a place where history is kept alive through conversation and generosity of spirit, the town is growing in, rather than out, as new residents discover its appeal, and natives extend a welcome hand.