Monday, May 21, 2007

Ponce de Leon: George Mitchell. (Argonne Books, 1983) It is difficult to explain how a street can represent a bit of anti-culture unique to Atlanta. How can we explain Ponce? We don’t even know how to pronounce it. Yet we Atlanta old timers know it is the definition of something strangely beautiful and lost. The old Ponce de Leon survives in the desperate stares of a few drug damaged souls one can still spot at certain cross streets early on a Sunday morning and in a few now out of place structures that have somehow survived gentrification, but the best place to go to understand what Ponce de Leon was about is this delicious photography book by George Mitchell. Ponce de Leon was self-published in 1983 and reprinted only once. The book has become a scarce item, increasingly valuable, and long sought-after by collectors and anyone interested in Atlanta history.

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