About the Blog

Welcome! If you're not my mom, you've probably stumbled upon this blog by accident (hi mom!), so let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Geoff Hetherington, I'm from Atlanta, and I love history.

Thanks for stopping by!

But no, in all seriousness, this blog is about the history of Atlanta's built environment, which if you're like me, you'll probably think is a very sad story. Sometimes sad things are still interesting, though, right? Right?

Anyway, I have a Masters degree in Heritage Preservation and wanted to start a blog to continue learning about Atlanta regardless of where my career path takes me. So here we are. The idea came from a grad school assignment where I researched one city block in Atlanta and documented its changes over time. It was a fun project (thank you, Dr. Tim Crimmins!), so I figured I'd do it over and over again.

The first post, in all fairness, was the same block I worked on in grad school because why not? Subsequent blocks are chosen either at random or if there's something interesting happening there that might warrant a peek into its past. If you happen to know of any more information on a particular topic, please feel free to share! I'd love to say that each post will be robust and exhaustively researched, but it will likely vary depending on my schedule and access to information. So by all means, pick up my slack! But if you've read this far, you're probably just my mom anyway, so just enjoy!


  1. I heard you on WABE this morning - good luck on your venture.
    I live in Atkins Park and a past president found these maps: http://atkinspark.org/html/maps.html

  2. Great stuff. Loads of history herei

  3. I'm also really interested in the history of Atlanta and too believe it should have been better preserved. Thanks for the cool page!