Decades: 1992, 2002, 2012

These photographs are being displayed through out Freedom Park through the month of October to bring about the remembrance of the 50 year history of this road and the park that was created after Jimmy Carter stopped the road on 1972. The history of how the neighborhoods fought the state of Ga DOT to stop and compromise a limited access road cutting through 3 city parks, dividing neighborhoods and created this Art Park, Freedom Park.

Decades is Part 2 from the series Decade: 1992-2002 commissioned by Don Bender to show the sites before the construction began for Freedom Park as shown on the Decade: 1992 & 2002 page on this site. The sites were chosen, because of its visual or interest I had for the site. I photographed whole park through the construction and during events such as Art in Freedom Park and Naked Freedom.

This series below shows the same location in 1992, 2002 and 2012 allowing the visitor to see it 10 years later near or on the anniversary of the photo. I am hoping time will be taken at each location to look around an appreciate what this land has become. These photographs will be on display from 10/1/2022 – 10/31/2022 throughout Freedom Park at the site they were taken to show the changes in the land as it has developed over the past 30 years in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrated Photograhy. Locations are on the map to download linked here.

I hope this series will allow the public to explore the park and appreciate the history and the benefit it ads to the communities that surround it.

There will be a walk and talk at 10am on 10/8/2022, 10/15/2022, 10/22/2022 and 10/29/2002 for about 2 hours to view the photographs. The walk will be mostly on the path, but some walking in grass is required. If it is raining the walk will be the following day at 10am.

10/8/2022 – Meet at park entrance off JW Dobbs Ave & Howell St.

10/15/2022 – Meet at end of Barnett St. Off of Ponce de Leon

10/22/2022 – Meet at Euclid Ave. at Poplar Circle

10/29/2002 – Meet at North Ave. and Candler Park Dr.

To visit this triptych enter the path from Boulevard or Howell St. from the south. The triptych is just east of the Howell St. entrance and halfway to the road from the trail.

This the entrance to Freedom Park from the west where the road originally ended on Howell St. as the trail in the other two photos show. The photo was taken in between the two lanes, however I placed the triptych where the observer would be safe. The Boulevard bridge is buried now.
The triptych is on the north side of the bridge at Highland Ave.

The place to view this triptych site is by the orange spot on the rail. Notice the closeness of the kudzu.
This and the following triptych are on the Barnett Street trail at the southwest corner of the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Ralph Mc Gill next to Freedom Heights Lofts.

The first photo shows a trail probably made by one of the several homeless vets that occupied the current park as the land waited to be developed.
This was an active road to nowhere. Now a dog walk with a bench.
This Tryptich is located next to the Ponce-Highland Playground just south of North Ave.

The remnants of the Barnett St. and Belgrade Ave are still intact. However, the houses are gone.
This triptych can be found on the hill near the Ponce-Highland Community Garden.

This site was where another homeless vet once lived.

This site is at the dead end of Cleburne Terrace under a tree along the path near Highland Ave.
This site is across Ponce de Leon looking toward The Bridge Sculpture by Thorton Dial dedicated to Congressman John Lewis in 2005.
This site is on the Beltline which borders Freedom Park. To access the site, it is off the spur trail that connects the Beltline to the parking at the Fourth Ward Skate Park overlooking the field next to the Skate Park.

The first photo shows the bridge abutments placed by the GA DOT for the Presidential Parkway that was later scrapped.
Photo was to be placed here, but I could not get permission from ABI to place at the site.
This site is on the Beltline which borders Freedom Park. To access the site, it is off the spur trail that connects the Beltline to the parking at the Fourth Ward Skate Park. Then look for the gravel trail to apartments.

The trees in the background of the first photo show where the Carter Center was to be built.

Photo was to be placed here, but I could not get permission from ABI to place at the site.
Access to this site is behind the Fortune St. dead end. Go around the barrier on the right and the triptych will be to the left.
Access to this site is behind the Fortune St. dead end. Go around the barrier on the right and the triptych will be to the left and then go a little farther east to the next site.
This site can be accessed off of Alaska Ave off Highland Ave then go left on the path to the triptych on the right.

This site is just north of the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Highland Eve. The triptych is on the other side of the sidewalk, but the view is from the tree with the broken branch near the curb.

Notice the steps across the street where hundreds of people were displaced in the 1970’s by “The Road”. If you continue south on N. Highland there are more steps on the right as honored by Karen Tauches in her performance piece Disappeared Houses during the Art in Freedom Park in 2005.

Somethings barely change!
Triptych on the other side of the sidewalk.
This site is on the Carter Center Property and I felt it best not to access the property since it crosses the bus entrance and has sight limitations. The triptych is up the hill from the path at the N. Highland and Carmel Ave entrance. Take the spur path to the left and go up the hill to the Parkway.

If you get there mid afternoon you may see the bike rider guy relaxing in a hammock across the parkway in the woods. The tree to the right in the last photo shows where. I often see unique occurrences in Freedom Park.

Enter Barnett from Ponce de Leon and turn left from the entrance.

Notice my van in the second photo.

Just south of (behind) the Barnett facing Ponce triptych. Look to the left.
This site is to the left if entering the Park from Moreland and is near the big stump.

Notice how big the trees have grown!

This site is in the middle of this section between Moreland and Euclid Ave.
Enter the path at the corner of North and Euclid Ave. and go west towards Moreland.

In the top photo are the remnants of the Presidential Parkway road. I wish they had been kept to remember the struggle. This is also a part of Goldsboro Park, one of three city parks which the DOT was going to build a road through a park that is not allowed by code.

Another view of Goldsboro Park.
This triptych is actually in Candler Park on the left side of the exit from Candler Park.

Notice the stairs again. There are still driveway cuts still on North Ave between Candler Park Dr. and Oakdale Rd.

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