Thursday, February 08, 2007
Shocker in Blandtown
Caution: photo-heavy post
Atlanta's got a lot of little neighborhoods that don't appear on maps, and rarely referred to in current times. Blandtown is one of those -- I'd never heard about it before coming across a reference in something from decades past.
It's now a neglected and forgotten area, despite proximity to some heavily-trafficked streets. References are scant -- I'm still wondering what prompted the rather odd name, but here's a bit of history, as well as some insight into its current problems.
I took a drive over there today, and was pretty amazed at the level of abandonment in the small parts I viewed -- I didn't see any signs of habitation in any of the houses. Some of them looked like Katrina-aftermath scenes. I've seen some run-down parts of Atlanta, but few that looked so completely abandoned.
Not far away, on Huff, right off of Howell Mill, there's an abandoned school, John P. Whittaker Elementary. A little research turns up the details that it closed in 1974, but the building continued to be used by private organizations for the next 30 years. Now, it reminded me most of the school in one of the Tony Hawk games. Anyway, I stopped in and shot a few photos, wandering the grounds.