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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 04:00 AM EDT
On the National Register of Historic Places, Mozley Park comprises blocks of classic, albeit tumbledown, cottages and bungalows, as well as a spacious park with a pool and recreation center. This once sought-after residential area experienced white flight and segregation policies that have left it mostly overlooked since the 1950s. Mozley Park is now connected to the PATH trail and will link to... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Niskey Lake isn’t the biggest body of water in southwest Atlanta. Not by a long shot. But it’s likely the one with the most surrounding property owned by influential Atlantans, including Mayor Kasim Reed, university doctors, and lawyers. Privacy signs are posted on full display at the entrance to the isolated OTP neighborhood near Cascade Road. Large tree canopies cover many of the lots before... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Little is known about the history of Atlanta’s historic Polar Rock neighborhood in southeast Atlanta, or how it acquired such a cool name in a city known for its oppressive heat, but the president of the Polar Rock Community Association says he’s working to rectify that. A hilly neighborhood near the EUE/Screen Gems Studios complex and Aaron’s Amphitheatre, the community is quiet and woodsy,... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Why developers in the 1940s decided to name this sleepy residential neighborhood abutting Ansley Golf Course Sherwood Forest is anyone’s guess. But “once you name something Sherwood Forest, you kind of have to follow through,” says Mike Grill, president of the Sherwood Forest Civic Association. And follow through they did. Robin Hood Road is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. Friar Tuck Road... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
No, we’re not talking about the huge swath of land south of I-20. This richly historic southeast Atlanta neighborhood once known as Brownsville sits north of Aaron’s Amphitheatre and a few miles from Turner Field. Clark University has roots at the campus of what today is the Carver School and remained there until 1941, when it relocated to the Atlanta University Center. Some of the streets are... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
The neighborhood that Turner Field calls home is in for some major changes once Atlanta’s MLB team heads OTP in 2017. Summerhill, officially established after the Civil War, was first home to freed slaves and Jewish immigrants. A century later, white flight and stadium construction devastated the neighborhood. Evander Holyfield lived in Summerhill as a child. Today, Freewheel Farm, which sells... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Bounded by Lee Street, Langford Parkway, I-85, and avenues including Deckner and Arden, Sylvan Hills manages to be all about the porousness of borders. In the days when Fort McPherson still held a military presence, the sounds of “Taps” would sometimes drift east, across Lee Street and the southern line of MARTA and multiple freight train tracks, at sunset. From within the neighborhood, the... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
The name alone exudes wealth. Grandiose Georgian, Tudor, Italian, and Greek Revival mansions line the streets. Now one of Buckhead’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Tuxedo Park was once woodland and farms. Wealthy Atlantans started building summer homes along West Paces Ferry in the early 1900s. Large tracts of land were purchased and sold off to well-to-do men and women, including Robert... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 04:00 AM EDT
Originally named West End Park, this onetime trolley neighborhood in southwest Atlanta (and recovering victim of the mortgage fraud epidemic) is undergoing re-investment thanks to an intown revival and the soon-to-be-under construction Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail along its edge. A neighbor to Westview Cemetery — the final resting place of journalist Henry W. Grady and former Mayor William... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
11 of Atlanta's best neighbors according to you | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
A no-risk revitalization of Bankhead's heart and soul | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
Can the community-focused approach help an education system plagued by cheating and inequality? | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
Five public projects that could fundamentally change Atlanta neighborhoods | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
Keeping tabs on gun-loving grammar snobs, coyotes, and more | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
6 Solutions for 6 Common Neighborhood Problems | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
How would some of Atlanta's smartest urban designers change parts of the city? | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2015 08:00 AM EDT
Nonprofit Centering Youth's trauma-focused yoga benefits the city's underserved youth | more...
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