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Singles Apartment Complexes

Atlanta may sit at the buckle of the Bible Belt, but in the seventies it earned honors as the epicenter of single life. “[Developers have] helped make Atlanta a mecca for swinging singles with some 4,000 apartments,” noted Time magazine in 1972, “half of them designed for the young and unmarried set.” Three decades later, former AJC nightlife columnist Ron Hudspeth recalled those days for Atlanta magazine: “It was a kid-in-the-candy-store atmosphere for Southern-bred twenty-somethings migrating to a magical place called Atlanta. The singles apartment complexes literally rocked from sunup to sundown, all over the city: Red Lion on Twenty-sixth Street, Mi Casa and Savannah Square on Collier Road, Sundown and Moonraker in Cobb, and dozens of others, including Riverbend, the symbol of them all.” — Rebecca Burns

This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue.
 
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