Atlanta 2021: What Summerhill wants from Atlanta’s next mayor

This video and story about Summerhill is one of seven about neighborhood issues in the Atlanta mayor’s race by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Summerhill is a community positioned between I-85/I-20 near the former Turner Field. It was founded in 1865 as Atlanta’s first neighborhood for freed enslaved Blacks and Jewish immigrants. The neighborhood experienced a temporary surge of development when the stadium was built to host the 1996 Olympics, and later converted into a baseball park to house the Braves, but the team left Atlanta in 2017. The city is currently working with developers to revitalize Summerhill once again with apartments, retail and grocery stores.

Demographics, according to 2019 data from Neighborhood Nexus:

Population: 3,117

Median household income: $37,960

Median age: 33

Race: 30.6% white, 59.2% Black, 3.2% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic or Latino

Unemployment rate: 6.9% (this could have changed since COVID)

Poverty rate: 36.5%

Median home value (of owner-occupied units): $304,968

Percent of rental units: 68%

Percent of owner-occupied units: 32%

Percent of rents above $1000: 44.8%

ABOUT THE VIDEO: Video by Ryon Horne, Tyson Horne and Hyosub Shin. Reporting by Wilborn P. Nobles III.

Summerhill map