But racism eventually stole much of what the Bland family had helped build. The Atlanta City Council rezoned Blandtown in 1956 to disenfranchise its voters, and the intended immediate and generational consequences resulted. By 2002, so many families had been forced to leave their homes that the city closed the area's last remaining high school.
Today, Blandtown is in transition again. The area is known for its distinctive home furnishings stores and restaurants like Bone Garden Cantina, Twisted Soul Cookhouse, Caffe Bella, and Bacchanalia.