In the 1960s, the stretch of Peachtree between Eighth and Fourteenth streets became known as “the Strip,” an enclave of free spirits and hippies who gathered in coffeehouses such as Twelfth Gate and camped out in Piedmont Park, which was often the site of free concerts by the likes of the Allman Brothers and Hampton Grease Band. Suburbanites and out-of-towners would cruise Peachtree, gawking at the head shops, go-go dancers, and hipsters hawking copies of the Great Speckled Bird alternative newspaper. Clashes between denizens of the Strip and Atlanta police came to a head in August 1969 with raids and dozens of arrests. Antiwar protests and concerts continued in the park into the 1970s. — Rebecca Burns
This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue.