Box 13, Folder 19, Document 9
Does the law offer John Q. Citizen any protection whatsoever from unscrupulous real estate operators? Will Atlanta become another Washington and, if so, who will pay the taxes? A case in point is the Cascade Heights area. Someone, for reasons known only to himself, is approached by or gets in touch with an operator who sells real estate primarily to Negroes. A sale is made and the rumors start, some of them probably planted. People panic and then other operators zero in on the area and start a flood of letters (see attached), phone calls and knocks on the door. It is a frightening thing to see the reaction of the people. Carloads of Negroes cruise the area. One more neighbo ~hood has received the "kiss of death." When the word get:s out, it is impossible to sell except to Negroes. Check the Red Bud Lane section and see for yourself.
My neighborhood, a different one from that above, has just received the kiss that can bring disaster. We are trying desperately to hold it together. In our ~jsa, 1 an all-white neighborhood, the ~ ale was made at midnight, literally, two weeks ago last Saturday. Most of us move into a particular area because we like the neighborhood, we know the people, or as a matter of economics. Some are retired people with limited incomes; some are middle-aged who, after rearing their children, were looking forward to a more leisurely life; many are young couples who have just purchased their first home. In the latter case, particularly, it has taken all they can rake and scrape to make the down payment. Now, with their homes deflated, what are they oing to do fo r money in order to make a fresh start somewhere else? We, too, should have a choice in selecting our neighbors. Why do we not have speculative housing for Ne g ro e s in st ea d o f destroying established are a s -- or i s th e r e mo re p ro fi t i n bl o c~bustin g ?
I am a r e a l per s on, but I f ea r ha ras sm e n t if y name gets ou t. I can b e reac h e d th r ough Mr. To a Ox n ar d at The We ekly St ar if an y o ne desire s verifi c a t i o n o f the a b ove . Enclo s ure Copy to:
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. / / Eugene Patt e r s on , Editor , Th e Atlanta Constitution Frank Sisson, Ga. Real Estate Com ission ~o•