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    Posted November 4, 2013 by
    zdan
     
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    Interstate 20: Atlanta's income divider?

     

    When you first move to Atlanta, everyone jokes not to live south of Interstate 20, an East-West interstate that bisects the city. At least that's what I remember being told when I first moved her five years ago.

     

    Locals are right that some of the most affluent areas, like Buckhead, Midtown and Inman Park, are north of the interstate. And it's true that some of the more blighted neighborhoods are in the southwest sector, places like Mechanicsville and Pittsburgh. An uptick in crime there this year hasn't helped the area's reputation. And, the two neighborhoods even wound up on a 2010 list of the "Top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods" in the country. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/10/04/25-most-dangerous-neighborhoods-2010/

     

    The local wisdom of staying north of I-20 stuck with me until earlier this year, when I moved to the wrong side of the dreaded barrier.

     

    I live in a transitional neighborhood nestled under the curve of I-20, called East Atlanta. The streets are lined with a mix of homes, from flipped models and renovated bungalows to neglected properties and foreclosures. But what's more interesting is that when I walk around the neighborhood, 9 out of 10 people of all walks of life will say hi to me. We're a neat cross-section of people, and I love it.

     

    While the interstate divides the city, it sure photographs well, as shown above. This is the bridge at Moreland Avenue, shot an hour before sunset today. Doesn't look so menacing, does it?

     

    What's the rich-poor dividing line in your town? Share your own photo and story here: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/1053990

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