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Neighborhood Issue 2015

Photo Credit: Joeff Davis and CL Staff

CL's Annual Neighborhood Issue


When people say Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods, they aren’t kidding. Atlanta claims 242 official neighborhoods. Zoom in on well-known communities such as Buckhead, Downtown, and the Westside, and the number of neighborhoods multiplies exponentially. They’re often lumped together into smaller groups — 25 Neighborhood Planning Units, 12 City Council districts, 6 police zones — to make civic life more manageable. For this year’s Neighborhood Issue, we wondered about the story behind neighborhood names such as Joyland and Polar Rock, the history of longstanding communities such as East Lake and Chosewood Park, and where people hang out in places like South Atlanta. Far from definitive, the following overview offers a look at 25 of Atlanta’s lesser-known communities. Only 217 to go.

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Thursday March 26, 2015 12:00 AM EDT
Residents showcase the underappreciated charms of their neighborhoods | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Five Public Projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Time to become a model citizen and get engaged | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Maynard Jackson's innovative plan to give citizens a role in political process is 'broken but not dead' | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
The Atlanta index - A quick statistical view of us. | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Adair Park, which bills itself as “Atlanta’s best kept secret,” is punctuated by the quintessential elements of that old turn-of-the-20th-century charm: large front porches, landscaped gardens, and picturesque bungalows. Founded in 1892 by George Adair, the same developer who helped build Virginia-Highland and Morningside, the neighborhood suffered from white flight in the 1960s. In recent... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
At the seemingly verdant heart of Argonne Forest, just east of Northside Drive near Buckhead, is sports. You might have driven past what hides this all-winter green: Sutton Middle School. Venture uphill, into a neighborhood that could be called Mansion City, though, and you can look down at the playing field from one stretch of Argonne Drive. In the middle distance are homes, some vast, in... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
The home of the Bankhead Bounce, Kilo Ali, T.I., Young Dro, D4L, and Shawty Lo, among others, is so intrinsic to the city’s cultural identity that when Atlanta renamed that stretch of Bankhead Highway in honor of civil rights attorney Donald Lee Hollowell, we respectfully ignored it. The neighborhood, which has similarly resisted most attempts at gentrification, reflects Atlanta’s glaring... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Many of the street names, schools, parks, and the majority of institutions associated with this OTP Atlanta neighborhood just west of East Point, are named after Benjamin Harvey Hill, a 19th-century U.S. Congressman, then Senator. Ben Hill is also home to one of the oldest antebellum buildings in Atlanta: the Judge Wilson House on Fairburn Road. — Kaylyn Hinz | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Not much remains of the original churches and residences that made up the historically black neighborhood of Blandtown. These days discount furniture outlets line Huff Road near the Westside. Nearby, restaurants such as Bone Garden Cantina and Star Provisions offer lunch- and dinnertime hangouts, while the Goat Farm Arts Center is home to hundreds of artists, performers, and technology... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Things that don’t typically define a great neighborhood surround Bolton: a landfill to the north, a derelict strip mall to the east, a rail yard to the west, and a cemetery to the south. But it’s what’s inside that reveals the northwest Atlanta community’s core. A combination of older brick one-story abodes and newer suburban-style houses with white picket fences line the neighborhood’s... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
The words Chastain Park bring to mind summer nights picnicking in the bleachers at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, watching something like Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Or perhaps a day spent on the green at North Fulton Golf Course. Or the memory might be of hazy nights of knocking back drinks with the grown and sexy crowd at Johnny’s Hideaway — not technically in the neighborhood, but close... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
When a Living Walls-commissioned mural by Hyuro that featured a naked woman was vandalized after facing resistance from some Chosewood Park residents in 2012, it was the first time many within the city had heard of the southeast Atlanta neighborhood. Established after the turn of the nineteenth century, the community first served as housing for employees of the Atlanta Penitentiary, located... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
You don’t have to look hard to find the sense of history in this neighborhood. At the wishbone intersection of Morehouse Drive, Spellman Street, and Morris Brown Avenue in Northwest Atlanta stands the steepled sanctuary of the 82-year-old congregation known as Dixie Hills First Baptist Church. During the long hot summer of 1967, when more than 100 race riots broke out around the country, Dixie... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
East Lake is full of historical significance. When Asa Candler wasn’t busy building a soft drink empire, he was purchasing a vast stretch of land that now encompasses East Lake Golf Club, which acted as Bobby Jones’ home course, now ranked among the best golf courses in the world. Formerly nicknamed “Little Vietnam” for its high crime rate, the neighborhood has undergone a radical... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
As the story goes, back in 1921 Joyland was an amusement park geared toward blacks. Today, the small, southeast Atlanta neighborhood is the home of Arthur Langford Jr. Park (aka Langford Park), which, in addition to being home to an abstract sculpture, “Spirit Bench,” will soon be overhauled by Atlanta Beltline and city parks department. Goodbye dilapidated community pool, hello skate park! —... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Nestled west of the Atlanta University Center and encompassing Fountain and Morris Brown drives, Just Us holds the distinction of being the smallest official neighborhood in ATL. Like other small Westside ’hoods, the Atlanta Beltine has Just Us in its sights for expansion along the Westside trail. — Gavin Godfrey | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Nearly destroyed during Sherman’s March to the Sea and now on the National Register of Historic Places, big things are happening in this neighborhood. Plans include cleaning up nearby Proctor Creek and building what will become Atlanta’s largest park at Bellwood Quarry. In the meantime, explore the area’s Knight Park and numerous curbside gardens. — Eric Cash | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Back in the ’70s this neighborhood was home to two spring water pools, a lake, and tons of outdoor amenities, including a zip line, horseback riding, and mini golf. Now the Buckhead neighborhood is awash in strip malls and mixed-use developments such as Lindbergh Plaza. — Emily Griffin | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Behind the strip clubs, sex shops, and frozen-in-time restaurants of Cheshire Bridge Road is a more residential side, Lindridge-Martin Manor, featuring large lots, modest homes, and the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. Through the South Fork Conservancy, the community has worked to clean, restore, and maintain the waterway and its surrounding ecosystem. Nearby trails offer an up-close look at the... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Atlantans might know Mechanicsville as the host of the Atlanta Fair, home to T.I.’s character in the movie ATL, or even as a parking lot for Braves games. But few are likely to be familiar with its history as one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Mechanicsville was established in the late 19th century at the intersection of several railway lines (the name comes from the “mechanics” who... | more...
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