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Neighborhood says goodbye to Atlanta Street homes
Once-thriving Gainesville public housing community set for redevelopment
Sheryl Pepper Howard, Donna Pepper Severn and Durwood Pepper give a few words of thanks and reminisce about running Peppers Grocery and Market while at an event Saturday held to celebrate the Green Hunter Homes and the Atlanta Street Community in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Memories of childhood scraps in the yard, potluck dinners with neighbors and nights at the corner social scene now stand in contrast to the vacant apartment units with their windows shattered and empty, silent playgrounds. Those memories are just about all that’s left of the Green Hunter Homes in Gainesville, which are set for demolition before the end of the year. Former residents of the 65-year-old public housing complex gathered Saturday morning to preserve those memories in hearts, minds and the written word for generations to come.