DOCUMERICA (1971-1977): Photographer – Al Stephenson, Helen, Georgia, USA.


GARDEN AND MOBILE HOMES ON UNICOI STREET IN HELEN, GEORGIA NEAR ROBERTSTOWN. THE STEEPLE OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IS SEEN IN THE LEFT BACKGROUND. THE TOWN WAS TYPICAL OF SMALL MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA UNTIL 1969 WHEN THE RESIDENTS DECIDED TO RENOVATE BUSINESS DISTRICT SHOPS WITH A BAVARIAN ALPINE THEME. THE SUCCESS OF THE PROJECT HAS LED TO COMMERCIAL GROWTH AND A SURGE OF TOURISM. A PLANNING REPORT CAUTIONS ON THE NEED FOR A BALANCE BETWEEN GROWTH AND PUBLIC INTEREST, 05/1975

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