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Fort McPherson

Numerous local officials have described Fort McPherson’s redevelopment as an unprecedented opportunity to reshape southwest Atlanta. Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s purchase of roughly 330 acres to build a film studio complex is a cornerstone of that redevelopment. Fruits of the development projects are already being seen. On Feb. 9, 2019, a full audience of more than one hundred children, parents, and members of the community were treated to a free perf... [click here for more]

Cascade

Affluent homes of successful doctors, lawyers and businessmen line the streets, high-priced cars grace the driveways and children play outside in their front yard. No, it’s not a scene from an exclusive Buckhead neighborhood; it’s a typical Saturday afternoon in Cascade Corridor, one of southwest Atlanta’s emerging communities.


In the past decade, the community has seen tremendous growth with the creation of single-dwelling homes and large-name... [click here for more]

Druid Hills/Emory

The Emory University/North Druid Hills area provides a kind of middle ground to the landscaped estates of Buckhead and the casual atmosphere of Decatur. Druid Hills features leafy neighborhoods and large homes ? it provided the location for the title character's mansion in Driving Miss Daisy. Plus, a variety of funky shops and restaurants, conveniently located to Emory's staff and student body, offer such necessities as inexpensive books and savo... [click here for more]

Kirkwood/Edgewood

About five miles east of Five Points, Kirkwood began as a pastoral, turn-of-the-century Atlanta streetcar suburb. Nowadays, Kirkwood is still a fascinating hodgepodge of grand Victorian-style homes, quaint bungalows, parks, and small businesses. Its retail district has blossomed, with most amenities now nearby, and the neighborhood has plenty of park space and bike trails. Even the active Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization website adds to the feeli... [click here for more]

West End/Atlanta University Center

Besides being home to the largest conglomerate of historically black colleges and universities in the nation, the West End presents the kind of cultural dichotomy — from the Southern folkloric figure Uncle Remus found at the Wren's Nest to such Afrocentric institutions as the Shrine of the Black Madonna — that could only be nurtured in one of the city's oldest communities and nationally registered historic districts. And the history here is impre... [click here for more]

College Park/East Point/Hapeville

If there?s one thing College Park and East Point share, other than a border, it?s their misleading neighborhood names: There are no colleges currently located in College Park, and East Point is technically located on the western side of Atlanta. Nevertheless, both East Point and College Park have established themselves as centers of commerce and industry, thanks to the presence of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Chick-fil-a headquart... [click here for more]

Bankhead

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 city hall renamed that stretch of Bankhead Highway in honor of civil rights attorney Donald Lee Hollowell, it was respectfully ignored. The neighborhood, which has similarly resisted most attempts at gentrification, reflects Atlanta's glaring income disparity. Seventy-five percent of households ea... [click here for more]

East Lake

When Asa Candler wasn't busy building a soft drink empire, he was purchasing a vast stretch of land that now makes up the East Lake Golf Club. Once Bobby Jones' home course, it is now ranked among the best golf courses in the world. The neighborhood has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, much of that turnaround attributable to Tom Cousins and other corporate philanthropists who pumped money into the area and advocated for the now... [click here for more]

Knight Park/Howell Station

Big things are scheduled for this antebellum neighborhood, nearly destroyed during Sherman?s March to the Sea in 1864 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. 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. [click here for more]

Lindbergh/Morosgo

Generations ago, 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. The old Broadview Plaza (built on top of the filled-in lake) once housed retail stores, including the Great Southeast Music Hall, a laid back venue known for prominent artists such as Billy Joel, Linda Rondstadt, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, and Shawn Phillips. Now the neighborhood west o... [click here for more]

Lindridge-Martin Manor

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 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 nature area. Cinema gem the Tara Theater occupies the n... [click here for more]

South Atlanta

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 the old 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 named after former Clark and Gammon Theologic... [click here for more]

Sylvan Hills

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 Nabisco plant that fronts on Murphy Avenue often suffuse... [click here for more]

Collier Heights

When former Atlanta construction magnate Herman J. Russell?s 1963 ranch home hit the market earlier this year for close to half a million dollars, it symbolized the hidden cultural riches of Collier Heights. Located on the city?s Westside, Collier Heights remains such a treasure due in part to its lauded history as the first mid-century neighborhood of affluence in the United States originated by black city planners. Its founding resulted directl... [click here for more]

Garden Hills

A hilly residential enclave in the shadow of Buckhead?s towering skyscrapers, Garden Hills offers an upscale, suburban-style experience minus the trip OTP. Established in the ?20s, and nestled between Peachtree and Piedmont roads, the neighborhood boasts homes, many in the million-dollar range, that avoid the cookie-cutter trap and range in style from Tudor to Craftsman to Spanish Revival. Those who can afford the price tag get cute pocket parks,... [click here for more]

Lakewood Heights

Tucked away between the Downtown Connector and Chosewood Park, the once thriving Southside neighborhood has been in a state of decline since the Lakewood Assembly General Motors factory closed in 1990. Recently, it?s become fertile terrain for DIY operations looking to build a community. Carver Neighborhood Market and Community Grounds Coffee shop serve as neighborhood meeting points. Folk artist Lonnie Holley lives further down Jonesboro Road. A... [click here for more]

East Atlanta

With its bars, music venues and restaurants and pop-up bistros, East Atlanta is the hub of Atlanta's underground nightlife and the city's trendsetting counterculture. It's also where many people who live OTP choose to go ITP on the weekends. But don't despair, there is a high-enough concentration of hipsters for it to maintain its hip quotient. Lyft or Uber your way there, because parking is scarce - and who wants to be behind the where after dri... [click here for more]

Poncey-Highland

For a relatively small neighborhood, Poncey-Highland has a hell of a lot going on: movies at the deco-chic Plaza Theatre, drinks at true-blue political haunt Manuel's Tavern; meals post-midnight at the Majestic Diner. There's a never-ending supply of colorful street characters along Ponce de Leon Avenue, or at the Clermont Lounge, the long-time strip club and forever home of Blondie ? the ageless stripper will crush your beer can between her icon... [click here for more]

Westside

Once a wasteland of warehouses and industrial spaces, Atlanta's Westside has been transformed into what's arguably the city's hottest 'hood for top-shelf dining, loft living, and highbrow shopping. Indie galleries also have taken up residence and banded together with institutions such as the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center to form the Westside Arts District. WAD hosts an afternoon art walk the third Saturday of every month featuring lectures, di... [click here for more]

Vine City

The neighborhood, along with neighboring Vine City, has so much potential, says the pastor of Lindsay Street Baptist Church. Great bones. Great churches. Great people. But Motley, like many Vine City and English Avenue boosters, is disappointed by the poverty, crime, desperation, crumbling houses, and the “idleness.”


Near Northside Drive, the reverend looks up to the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome, the glimmering mammoth con... [click here for more]

Brookhaven

What once was affectionately known as Brookhaven Beach, an area populated by many Atlanta area musicians in the ?60s and ?70s because of its cheap rental properties and bohemian atmosphere, is now the antithesis of what once was. Brookhaven officially became a city in December 2012, adding to a long line of cityhood movements around the metro Atlanta area. Dresden Drive, where once only a Stop N? Go provided basic necessities for the small, close... [click here for more]

Inman Park

Inman Park is where members of the city's creative class go when they hit the big time ? or where those seeking the refuge of quaint coach houses or partitioned Victorians go to fake it. It's the perfect mix of resplendence and cool. Founded in the 1890s, the neighborhood prides itself on being Atlanta's first suburb and among the first intown neighborhoods to undergo a resurgence in the late 1960s. Founded by Atlanta developer Joel Hurt in 1890,... [click here for more]

Roswell

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Stone Mountain

Yes, Stone Mountain Park has its merits — bike paths and hiking trails and treks to the top of the largest exposed granite dome in America. Aside from the park, Stone Mountain offers affordable housing centered around a quaint, historic downtown that attracts a modest tourist trade. [click here for more]

Bolton

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 in the center 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 forested streets. There aren't many restaurants. But ... [click here for more]