Atlanta Eagle - REPLAY

This weekend is Pride in Atlanta and while I would have loved a new episode, I couldn’t resist sharing one from two years ago this month, where I interviewed Charlie Paine and learned about Atlanta’s LGBTQ history through the lens of the Atlanta Eagle, which in itself tells us the story of Ponce de Leon’s transition from grand residential street to commercial corridor. There were stories about vibrating mattresses, Italian restaurants, punk rock, RuPaul and Red Dog raids.

Shortly after the episode was released in 2020, the Atlanta Eagle closed its doors but it has recently reopened at Ansley Mall. It was also designated as a local landmark by the City of Atlanta and is now protected from demolition by the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. It is the first structure In the Deep South protected under a Historic Zoning Protections for LGBTQ+ History!

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