Located just on the southwestern edge, the Atlanta University Center is one of the largest most prestigious education centers. This renowned educational complex consists of six separate institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morris Brown College and Spellman College.
Construction of new retail establishments has been slowly making their way to the area. Local residents and business owners are proud of their community and do what they can to make their neighborhood inviting. Nearby renovations made during the Olympic Games encouraged many local entrepreneurs to refurbish existing apartments and commercial buildings within the area. Today, this once-blighted downtown neighborhood surrounding the Atlanta University Center has gone through a significant transformation, with local restaurants and boutiques enjoying a face-lift.
Just minutes away from the commercial district, as you drive southwest on Ralph D. Abernathy Boulevard, you can find the small town community atmosphere of the historic West End. The journalist Joel Chandler Harris, author of the beloved Uncle Remus stories, made his home here. His house, the Wren's Nest, is one of the area's prime tourist attractions. Its restoration is just part of a widespread effort by professionals to rejuvenate one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods.
Although the expansion of the I-20 in the mid-sixties drove some residents away, the West End still maintains much of its original charm. New retail areas now coexist with old Victorian houses, offering residents middle-class comfort with suburban shopping convenience.
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