During a few recent weekends, Sunday morning repaving work on I-75 North forced traffic off the interstate at Delk Road in Cobb County, guiding northbound drivers to Franklin Road, which parallels the interstate and leads to North Marietta Parkway, where travelers can get back on I-75.

And those drivers who previously may have avoided Franklin for its poor reputation, but took the detour onto Delk, may have wondered if they were actually on Franklin Road.

In the mid-1970s and 80s, this 1.2 mile-portion of Franklin Road was lined with 14 Class A apartment complexes, which featured stylish contemporary clubhouses, pools, tennis courts and weight rooms, and housed Generation X-ers, who partied the nights away – until they grew up – and moved to the burbs. 

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