I thank the two anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful and timely reviews of this piece, as well as Sarah, Nic, and Leura. This research was generously supported by the National Science Foundation. All errors and omissions are my own.
CONSTRUCTING AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN SPACE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA*
Version of Record online: 25 MAY 2011
© 2011 by the American Geographical Society of New York
Volume 101, Issue 2, pages 147–163, April 2011
How to Cite
INWOOD, J. F. J. (2011), CONSTRUCTING AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN SPACE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. Geographical Review, 101: 147–163. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2011.00084.x
- Issue online: 25 MAY 2011
- Version of Record online: 25 MAY 2011
- black counterpublic;
- urban development
Recognizing the connections between the construction of urban space and racial identity, this article explores an urban redevelopment scheme launched in 2004 by Big Bethel ame Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Known as the “Renaissance Walk,” Big Bethel's project is a $45 million dollar redevelopment plan to turn an adjacent city block into a mixed-use development. By looking at the racialization of place from the perspective of those who live, work, and organize along Auburn Avenue, one of the most historically significant African American business corridors in the United States, I contend that Big Bethel's redevelopment project is emblematic of contemporary black counterpublic spaces and links the redevelopment project undertaken by Big Bethel with African American identity positions.