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Atlanta Housing Authority records of the General Neighborhood Renewal Plan for the West End Area

Collection number: ahc.MSS1043

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the General Neighborhood Renewal Plan application for the West End Area, submitted in 1960. This application documents the details for the renewal projects and includes rationales for selecting the area, descriptions of the area, lists of resources to be used to accomplish the plan, maps of the area, land use maps, and official city of Atlanta budget and planning forms. In addition to the application there are manuals detailing minimum property standards for construction and features of the facilities for residential and commercial property in the Bedford-Pine and North Avenue-Boulevard neighborhoods. Also included are specific urban development planning documents for several neighborhoods included in the West End area.


  • 1958-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Atlanta Housing Authority was established in 1938 under Georgia Law to eliminate the city’s substandard housing by developing, acquiring, leaseing and operating affordable housing for low-income families. Construction began on Techwood Homes and later University Homes, located near the campus of the Georgia Institue of Technology. Today, AHA, which is funded and managed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is the largest housing agency in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. The Urban Renewal Committee of the Atlanta Board of Aldermen requested in September 1960 that the Atlanta Housing Authority submit a plan for urban renewal in the West End area of Atlanta, Georgia. The West End area neighborhoods were selected because the area showed "many signs of deterioration and approaching blight." The Housing Authority responded by submitting a General Neighborhood Renewal Plan application, which was ultimately approved by the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor of Atlanta, William B. Hartsfield, in November 1960. The application included the neighborhoods of University Center, Rawson-Washington, Butler Street, Rockdale, and Thomasville.


0.4 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.

Atlanta Housing Authority records of the General Neighborhood Renewal Plan for the West End Area
Josh Hogan
October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305