Atlanta Studies 2022 Symposium

Friday, May 6, 2022

Knowles Conference Center, Georgia State University

New Ways of Seeing the City

Symposium Schedule

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8:45 — 9:50 am EDT:


Red-Hot City: Housing, Race, Class, and Exclusion in Twenty-first Century Atlanta

Dr. Dan Immergluck, Professor of Urban Studies at Georgia State University

10:00 — 11:20 am EDT:

Sessions 1 — 3

Session 1: Seeing the City of Atlanta Through Archives 

Chair: Paul McDaniel, Kennesaw State University

Roundtable Discussion:

Josh Hogan, Georgia State University Special Collections & Archives

Lisa Vallen, Georgia State University

Derek Mosley, Auburn Avenue Research Library

Alison Reynolds, Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul Crater, Atlanta History Center

Session 2: Spatial Imaginaries, Racial Realities: Boundaries and a Changing Atlanta Metropolitan Area 

Chair: Marni Davis, Georgia State University

Loans, Lines, and Liens: Using Atlanta to Understand New Findings on 1930s Redlining 

Todd Michney, Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta’s Suburban Urban Renewal Experiment: Redeveloping Early Black Suburbs as Planned Suburban Neighborhoods for Low-Income African Americans 

Joe Hurley, Georgia Institute of Technology

Creating the White Spatial Imaginary in Decatur

David Rotenstein

Mapping of Multi-Level Institutional Decisions that Perpetuated Discriminatory Planning: An Archival Review of Urban Development in Atlanta, 1930-2000

Brian An, Georgia Institute of Technology; Megan Conville, Georgia Institute of Technology; Gabrielle Oliverio, Georgia Institute of Technology; Grace Roth, Georgia Institute of Technology; Noelle Lambert, Georgia Institute of Technology; Noelle Pickard, Georgia Institute of Technology; Nick Polimeni, Georgia Institute of Technology; Amy Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 3: Public Pedagogies 

Chair: Brennan Collins, Georgia State University

Teaching Virtual Atlanta

Molly Slavin, Georgia Institute of Technology

Incorporating Community Perspective Into Science While Supporting Community Organizing and Action: The Exposome Roadshow and Community Grant Program 

Erin Lebow-Skelley, HERCULES Exposome Research Center, Emory University

Lynne Young, HERCULES SAB Member

Yomi Noibi, HERCULES SAB Member

Karla Blaginin, HERCULES SAB Member 

Margaret Hooker, HERCULES SAB Member

Dana Williamson, Environmental Protection Agency

Martha Scott Tomlinson, HERCULES Exposome Research Center

Michelle Kegler, Rollins School of Public Health, HERCULES Exposome Research Center

Melanie Pearson, HERCULES Exposome Research Center 

Did the Great Recession Worsen Academic Trajectories among Public High Schools?: Examining Academic Trajectories and the Social Ecology over 17 Years in Georgia From One Crisis to the Emergence of Another

Saul Alamilla, Kennesaw State University

Sammie Haskin, Centers for Disease Control

11:30 — 12:50 pm EDT:

Sessions 4 — 6

Session 4: The New Way of Seeing the Politics of Atlanta: A Roundtable with Members of The Mayoral Transition Team

Chairs: Emeline Renz, Georgia State University and Carlos Garcia, Georgia State University 


Dan Immergluck, Professor, Georgia State University

Rebecca Serna, Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Larry Stewart, Commissioner, Atlanta Housing Commission

Lisa Cunningham, Digital Content Manager, Black Women’s Health Imperative

Session 5: They Were Here: Preservation and Commemoration of the Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery of Johns Creek (four documentary films)

Organizer: Katherine Perrotta, Mercer University

Session 6: Housing and Unhousing 

Chair: Taylor Shelton, Georgia State University

Large corporate buyers of residential rental housing during the COVID19 pandemic in the Atlanta metropolitan area

Elora Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology; Yilun Zha, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ethan Knight-Scott, Georgia Institute of Technology; Leah Cabrera, Georgia Institute of Technology

Seeing the Hidden Metro Atlanta: A Historical Analysis of Evictions in Clayton County 

Tabitha Ingle, Georgia State University

Routes to Dispossession: Tenants’ Experiences of Navigating the Formal Eviction Process

George Usmanov, Georgia State University

12:50 — 2:00 pm EDT:

Lunch and Poster Displays

Blocking Out the Sun: Uneven Geographies of Solar Adoption in Atlanta

Carys Behnke, Georgia State University

Is Atlanta Really a “City in a Forest?”: Implications of Suburban Land Cover Change

Campbell Casseb, Georgia State University 

Analyzing Pandemic-Induced Changes in the Use of Public Transportation for Commuting

Ian Frazer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority 

HOME: Stories and studies on why we need equity-centered energy efficiency

Marisol Mendez, MAYE Corps

Zoie Moore, MAYE Corps

Unwanna Etuk, MAYE Corps

Sharon Gurung, MAYE Corps

Green Displacement Pressures on Low-Income Residents in Vine City

Brandon North, Georgia State University

Banking on Location: Spatial Disparities of Bank Access in the Atlanta Metro

Ryan Pardue, Georgia State University

Coproducing Atlanta: An assessment of ATL311 Requests for City Services

Emeline Renz, Georgia State University

The Emergence of the Cityhood Movement within Fulton County, Georgia: A Case Study Analyzing the Incorporation of the South Fulton Community

Marshall Taggart, Clark Atlanta University 

2:00 — 3:20 pm EDT:

Sessions 7 — 10

Session 7: Resisting Injustice

Chair: Andy Walter, University of West Georgia 

Black Autonomy VS “Black Mecca”: Competing imaginaries in the Ron Carter Patrol

Kayla Edgett, Georgia State University

Cop City and the Prison Industrial Complex in Atlanta

Micah Herskind, Southern Center for Human Rights

New geographies of tenant struggle and housing insecurity in the extended stay hotels of Metro Atlanta

Taylor Shelton, Georgia State University 

Daniela Aiello, Queen’s University

Housing Justice League

Session 8: Narrating Community 

Chair: Jean-Paul Addie, Georgia State University 

FunkJazz Kafe: The Music, Market, Movement 

Nathalie Fox, Georgia State University

An Arts and Culture Framework for Community Engagement

Marian Liou, Atlanta Regional Commission 

The Railroad Gulch: Reminiscence of a place that shaped Atlanta

Sakshi Nanda, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 9: Community-engaged Documentation and Design in the English Avenue Neighborhood 

Chair: Martina Dodd, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

The Power of Placemaking

Winston Taylor, The Beloved Community, Inc

St. Mark’s AME

Danielle Willkens, Georgia Institute of Technology

Building a Sustainable Community through Design and Technology

Julie Ju-Youn Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology

Heritage Building Information Modeling

Junshan Liu, Auburn University

English Avenue

Katie Reilly, Georgia Institute of Technology

Patricia Rangel, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 10: Collecting and Using Evictions Data 

Chair: Sarah Stein, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Pearse Haley, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 

Elora Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Erik Woodworth, Atlanta Regional Commission

3:30 — 5:00 pm EDT:

Sessions 11 — 13

Session 11: Atlanta in the 1920s – Making the Past come alive in the OpenWorld Atlanta Project

Chair: Elora Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology

Walking in 1928 Atlanta during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alicia Rodriguez, Emory University

Neighborhood Deep-Dive I: Cabbage Town

Victor Ultra Omni, Emory University

Neighborhood Deep-Dive II: Washington Park

Sara Kaplan, Emory University

Cabbagetown 3D Modeling

Lis Dautaj,  Emory University

Session 12: Unpacking Place 

Chair: Daniel Pascuiti, Georgia State University

Reuse, Retreat, and Retention: An Analysis of Power Through Atlanta Neighborhood Churches 

Joy Dillard Appel, Georgia State University

Intown: Remaking the place imaginaries of Atlanta

Kayla Edgett, Georgia State University

Katherine Hankins, Georgia State University 

Joe Pierce, University of Aberdeen

Faux Placemaking and Community Development: Atlantic Station

Alexus Moore, Georgia State University

Sin in a Southern City: The Unearthed History of Atlanta’s Postbellum-to-Progressive Era Prostitution Trade

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Georgia State University 

Allyson Stephens, Georgia State University

Session 13: Constructing Identity 

Chair: LeeAnn Lands, Kennesaw State University

Atlanta Through the Windshield: Understanding Queer Identity Through Mobility 

Rachael Cofield, Kennesaw State University

Constructing a Filipino American Identity in a Globalizing Atlanta

Audrey Idaikkadar, Georgia State University

Regional Immigrant Integration and Receptivity in a Major Emerging Gateway: Implementation of the Atlanta One Region Initiative Recommendations

Paul McDaniel, Kennesaw State University 

Allen Hyde, Georgia Institute of Technology

Cathy Yang Liu, Georgia State University

Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University

Britton Holmes, Georgia State University

5:00 — 6:00 pm EDT:

Cliff Kuhn Memorial Lecture

Immigrant Atlanta: Integration, Segregation, and Sprawl in the New South

Dr. AJ Kim, Associate Professor of City Planning in the School Public Affairs at San Diego State University

6:00 — 8:00 pm EDT: