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Ben Hill

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. [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]

Chosewood Park

When a Living Walls mural by Argentine artist Hyuro, featuring a naked woman, was vandalized after facing resistance from some Chosewood Park residents in 2012, it marked the first time many within the city had heard of the southeast Atlanta neighborhood. Established after the turn of the 19th century, the community first served as housing for employees of the Atlanta Penitentiary, located within its borders. Today, the transitional neighborhood ... [click here for more]

Dixie Hills

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 Hills joined the rebellion for three nights after Kwa... [click here for more]

Just Us

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. With just two streets, two tiny parks, and about 60 people, the area was established as the first black-owned subdivision in the city. Like other small Westside ?hoods, the Atlanta Beltine has Just Us in its sights for expansion along the Westside trail. [click here for more]

Niskey Lake

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, university doctors, and lawyers. Privacy signs are posted on full display at the entrance to the secluded OTP neighborhood near Cascade Road. Spacious tree canopies cover many of the lots that eventually give way to docks lining the water?s edge. [click here for more]

Westview

Originally named West End Park, this onetime trolley neighborhood in southwest Atlanta has undergone re-investment thanks to an intown revival and construction of the 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 Hartsfield, among others ? Westview was designed by Solon Zachary Ruff, the same landscape expert who charted Ansley Park. ... [click here for more]

South Downtown, Underground Atlanta

While the sale of downtown Atlanta?s 12-acre retail shopping mall-meets-bizarro-tourist attraction officially closed in 2017, development has yet to begin on the streets beneath the city streets. Other than the live music venue Masquerade ? with its Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory stages ? opening under a separate deal in the adjacent Kenny?s Alley, the storefronts are dark and the streets deserted where once was a bustling, though uneven nightlife d... [click here for more]

Old Fourth Ward

Long known as the historic ?Sweet Auburn? neighborhood associated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement ? the MLK Center, his boyhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached are all within walking distance ? the Old Fourth Ward has recently become a bustling nightlife district. Sister Louisa?s Church & Ping Pong Emporium brought with it more reverie than reverence, helping build Edgewood Avenue?s reputation... [click here for more]

Buckhead

Atlanta's swankiest neighborhood, Buckhead is no longer the epicenter of Atlanta's once buck-wild nightclub scene ? and that's the way most residents like it. The ritzy streets of Buckhead development have taken over, offering a nightlife that appeals to the residents of the many new condos and apartment buildings that tower above the area where Peachtree and Roswell roads split. The area has long been among the top shopping destinations in the ... [click here for more]

Cheshire Bridge

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Downtown

Downtown Atlanta, Terminus in another era, has a hole in the middle of it. The Gulch, the area where the railroad hub was located around which the city was initially built years before the Civil War, is a wasteland that has sat in neglect for years. For Atlanta, and for the southeast region as a whole, it?s best to turn The Gulch into an updated version of its former self, a light rail and/or high-speed transit hub connecting Atlanta to other cit... [click here for more]

Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates is known for its mock Tudor village of storefronts along College Avenue, the city?s main drag. Veer off College towards Lake Avondale park, and you?ve left Shakespeare?s England and turned into a bucolic scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, all of it inspired when George Francis Willis (the town?s founding father) took a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, and returned to build a picture-perfect community. While Avondale?s entertainme... [click here for more]

Chamblee/Doraville

Chamblee offers affordable housing inside the Perimeter, is practically adjacent to the Buford Highway corridor of ethnic restaurants, and lies just a few miles from Buckhead's shopping districts. Once a heavily industrialized area with little to offer in the way of dining and recreation, massive revitalization has seen the city evolve into a thriving locale filled with charming restaurants and a bevy of unique shopping experiences, including Ant... [click here for more]

Marietta

Don't write off this one-time Civil War outpost. Anchored by a charming town square ? a longtime stomping ground for antiques enthusiasts, it?s also home to culture, dining, and nightlife options ? and boasting more than its share of impressive old houses and historic sites, the city has managed to craft a reputation as a diamond in the rough OTP in the hills of suburbia. [click here for more]

Sandy Springs

Despite its OTP location and big-box retail strips, Sandy Springs has an urban feel, from the busy lunchtime rush to the crush of rush-hour traffic along Roswell Road. Its active network of community organizations paired with a selection of boutiques and locally owned restaurants keeps the homogeneity somewhat in check. Having recently been incorporated, the city boasts a new City Hall and government complex along with condos and apartments built... [click here for more]

Argonne Forest

One of Atlanta?s fanciest-schmanciest suburbs, Argonne Forest was developed on the grounds of a 100-acre estate in the mid-1950s. Though many of its homes date back to its modest mid-century beginnings, some of the neighborhood?s elegant stucco homes could rightly be called mansions, right down to their pillars and porticos. With only four streets, all unaccountably named after WWI battles, this small, serene patch of the city boasts a grand view... [click here for more]

Blandtown

Not much remains of the original churches and residences that made up the historically black neighborhood of Blandtown, which took its name from a freed slave named Felix Bland. 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 in... [click here for more]

Chastain Park

The words Chastain Park may bring to mind summer nights picnicking in the bleachers at State Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park, watching Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, or one of the many ?80s packages booked there. Or perhaps a day spent on the green at North Fulton Golf Course. Or the memory might be of hazy nights, knocking back drinks with the mature and sexy crowd at Johnny?s Hideaway ? not technically in the neighborhood, but close enoug... [click here for more]

Joyland

Back in 1921 Joyland was an amusement park built for African Americans. Today, the small, southeast Atlanta neighborhood is the home of Arthur Langford Jr. Park (aka Langford Park), which, in addition to being home to John Riddle?s 1976 abstract sculpture, ?Spirit Bench,? will soon be overhauled by the Atlanta BeltLine and the city parks department. [click here for more]

Mechanicsville

Atlantans might know Mechanicsville as the host of the Atlanta Fair, home to Atlanta native and hip hop artist T.I.?s character in the movie ATL, or even as a former 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 worked on the... [click here for more]

Sherwood Forest

Why developers in the 1940s decided to name this sleepy residential neighborhood Sherwood Forest is anyone?s guess. But once you name something Sherwood Forest, you kind of have to follow through? ? And follow through they did. Robin Hood Road is the neighborhood?s main thoroughfare. Friar Tuck Road and Little John Trail overlook the Ansley Golf Course. Well-kept mid-century ranches dot Lady Marian Lane and Nottingham Way. Like so many neighborho... [click here for more]

Tuxedo Park

To long-time Atlantans, the name alone exudes wealth. Grandiose Georgian, Tudor, Italianate, 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 Road in the early 1900s. Large tracts of land were purchased and sold off to well-to-do men and women, including Robert Maddox, a banker and futur... [click here for more]