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Stephannie Stokes / WABE

At a pavilion in Washington Park on Atlanta’s Westside, a DJ is setting up. Some people are getting a grill ready. It looks like the start of a neighborhood party.

In this case, though, the neighborhood no longer exists.

This is a reunion for anyone who ever lived at Herndon Homes, a public housing project that once stood a couple of miles from here, just north of where the Georgia Dome is now.

Stephannie Stokes, Historic American Buildings Survey / WABE, Library of Congress

This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.  

Walking down Merritts Avenue, at the edge of Centennial Place, Renee Glover points out the townhomes with well-groomed landscapes.

“As you can see, it’s a beautiful community,” Glover said. “It’s quiet.”

Glover directed the Atlanta Housing Authority during the 1996 Olympics.