This site was started
as a meager effort to document and examine some of the ongoing
cultural and architectural changes along Atlanta's Buford Highway
corridor. My interest in the area is both intellectual and personal.
Having grown up in the neighboring "golden ghetto" of
Dunwoody and spending my adulthood in the downtown Atlanta area,
I've been fascinated with how the Buford Highway area has transformed
from a lifeless utilitarian customer-service strip to a unique
ethnic retake on New South suburbia.
I've also been interested in the way in which post-Olympic downtown
gentrification has been matched by a sort of 'multi-culturing'
of the suburbs.
This site is not meant in any way to wholly represent the many
aspects of Buford Highway culture, nor does it intend to glamorize,
romanticize, or speak for the Atlanta's varied and multi-faceted
immigrant and ethnic communities.
However, while my perspective on Buford Highway begins from the
outside, it is accompanied by a genuine desire to broaden this
site to include multiple perspectives from inside the community
as well as from writers, academics, and artists interested in
this unique Atlanta area. While the initial format here is the
photo-essay, an expanded version of this site could cohesively
serve as both a forum for discourse both about and within the
Buford Highway community. Community issues discussion and postings
of upcoming events and meetings, from political to entertainment,
are welcomed in any language via the posting board. Relevant analytic
essays, ideas, and suggestions are welcomed via e-mail.
Please, don't hesitate to contribute even the smallest insight
NEWSFLASH- This projects launch was put on hold for an
additional 6 months as I was in Tokyo. Thus, some information
(business openings and closings for example) may be outdated.
So, as I endevour to update information, please feel free to e-mail