Old Fourth Ward is a strong contender for Atlanta's hottest neighborhood. It's steeped in history — Martin Luther King Jr. grew up and preached there — and boasts Ponce City Market, the BeltLine, and a booming restaurant scene. But the area's buzz is a relatively recent development, and O4W wasn't a desirable destination a few years ago. What's brought the neighborhood back? That aforementioned restaurant scene.
In this 10 minute short film, part of "The Great American Cooking Story" series, filmmaker Clara Ritger chats with a couple of locals in the restaurant industry and learns how Noni's helped bring about development on Edgewood Avenue, and why Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a symbol of Atlanta's progress.
"I dropped by two restaurants to find out how the neighborhood's revitalization is creating new opportunities for the diverse residents who call the area home," Ritger says of the film. "And in the process, I also found a story of how one chef is bringing a new kind of activism to the block, by cooking and educating with locally sourced, healthy food."