Overtown was once the hottest black community anywhere in the South, including Atlanta. The neighborhood had a Cotton Club, the Rockland Palace, the Harlem Square Club, and, of course, the Lyric Theater. Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday all played gigs in Overtown in what was then called “the Harlem of the South.” And then some dipshit city planner dumped I-95 into the middle of the neighborhood, displacing tens of thousands of residents and killing local culture. That was more than half a century ago, and the scene is long overdue for a rebirth. That’s what neighborhood leaders have in mind... More >>>