Feature...CNU 21: Living Community
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Places of Interest
The Trolley Barn: The service and housing facility for Atlanta's first electric street railway line.
Inman Park Village: A new development consisting of condos, townhomes, apartments, renovated historic office building, ground-floor accessory commercial uses, and new parks with stormwater detention ponds.
Tour Inman Park with the CNU! For more information, see Tour 12, Inman Park and Inman Park Village: Atlanta's First and Most Recent Planned Community.
1. Neighborhood Vignette
2. Reasons to Visit
3. Neighborhood Map
4. Neighborhood Tour
6. Places to Eat
1. Neighborhood Vignette:
Located east of Downtown Atlanta between the Little Five Points neighborhood commercial district and the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic district, Inman Park was Atlanta's first planned community and one of the nation's first garden suburbs. It was conceived and developed in the 1880s by Joel Hurt, an entrepreneur and one of Atlanta's early builders, who believed people should live in a country-like atmosphere convenient to the central business district. Together with Samuel M. Inman, they developed the neighborhood with large lots, curving streets and open park areas. Hurt also formed one of the nation's first streetcar systems to provide "rapid transit" from Inman Park to downtown Atlanta. The trolley route terminated at the Trolley Barn, which still stands today on Edgewood Avenue, just one block from the neighborhood's new MARTA station. Inman Park became quite popular and was the home of several prominent citizens including Asa Candler, founder of the Coca Cola Company, and former Georgia governors Allen Candler and Alfred Colquitt, among others. The neighborhood is comprised of Victorian period architecture and includes examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Shingle Style homes and bungalows.
Inman Park underwent a slow decline for much of the 20th century with subsequent zoning changes to commercial and industrial uses which eroded the residential character of the neighborhood. It wasn't until about 1970 when area residents founded the Inman Park Restoration, Inc. in an effort to restore houses return the neighborhood to its original splendor. This eventually resulted in the rezoning of most of the neighborhood back to residential uses and its subsequent official listing on the National Register of Historic Places in July of 1973.
Today the neighborhood is comprised of over 300 homes in various stages of restoration or renovation, as well as several conversions of former industrial buildings into new residential and mixed-use buildings, as well as construction of new infill multi-family and mixed-use buildings.
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2. Reasons to Visit:
In the video below, Inman Park resident Cathy Bradshaw provides an introduction to this intown Atlanta neighborhood and then discusses the fight over Freedom Parkway in the 80s and 90s:
- Edgewood Avenue and Elizabeth Street (east of the MARTA station): Victorian era mansions including the Hurt Mansion and Callan Castle
- Springvale Park (on Euclid Avenue at Waverly Way): originally developed as a 10 acre park with small lake when the neighborhood was first developed
- Trolley Barn (Edgewood Avenue at Elizabeth Street adjacent to MARTA station): the service and housing facility for Atlanta's first electric street railway line
- Inman Park Village (corner of N. Highland Avenue and Inman Park Village Parkway): a new development consisting of condos, townhomes, apartments, renovated historic office building, ground-floor accessory commercial uses, and new parks with stormwater detention ponds
- Shops/restaurants in historic buildings: at the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Elizabeth Street
- Carter Center and Freedom Parkway: The Presidential Library of Jimmy Carter sits at the center of Freedom Parkway, a two lane parkway lined with linear parks. The park was dedicated in 2000 after four decades of struggle between Georgia Department of Transportation and surrounding neighborhoods as the former demolished homes through eminent domain along this path to build an interstate highway beginning in the 1960s. (Governor Jimmy Carter halted the highway project in 1970s).
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3. Neighborhood Map:
View Inman Park in a larger map
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4. Neighborhood Tour:
Walking tours of Inman Park are offered by theAtlanta Preservation Center every Sunday at 2:00pm (March – November).
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Mass Transit (approximately 20-25 minutes):
By Car (approximately 10 minutes):
- Exit left from Hilton Hotel. Take right on Harris Street and walk up hill two blocks to Peachtree Street.
- Take a left on Peachtree Street and walk a block and a half. Look for MARTA entrance at mid-block<./li>
- Take the southbound train to the Five Points Station.
- Transfer to the East-West Line and take the eastbound train to Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station.
- Exit on the Inman Park side of the station.
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- Exit left from hotel southbound onto Courtland Street.
- Take left onto Harris Street.
- Take left onto Piedmont Avenue.
- Take a right onto Baker Street (which becomes North Highland Avenue).
- Travel approximately 11 blocks until you reach Sampson Street – beginning of the west edge of neighborhood.
- Continue on North Highland Avenue and turn right at Elizabeth Street to reach the center of the neighborhood. Wander the neighborhood streets.
6. Places to Eat:
Fritti Restaurant (309 N. Highland Avenue / 404.880.9559) - Hot-oven, thin-crust pizza and roasted dishes.
Sotto Sotto Restaurant (309 N. Highland Avenue / 404.880.9559) - Italian cuisine.
Parish Restaurant (240 N. Highland Avenue / 404.681.4434) - Southern cuisines that blend French, Spanish, French Caribbean and African flavors, and market/deli.
Zaya Restaurant (240 N. Highland Avenue / 404.477.0050) - Mediterranean cuisine.
Pure Taqueria Restaurant (300 N. Highland Avenue / 404.522.7873) - Authentic Mexican cuisine.
Inman Perk Coffee (240 N. Highland Avenue / 678.705.4545) - Busy neighborhood coffee shop.
Krog Bar (112 Krog Street / 404.524.1618) - Intimate Spanish tapas and wine bar.
Rathbun's Restaurant (112 Krog Street, Ste R / 404.524.8280) - Great American cuisine.
Wisteria Restaurant (471 N. Highland Avenue / 404.525.3363) - Contemporary American cuisine with a Southern twist.
Shaun's Restaurant (1027-29 Edgewood Avenue NE / 404.577.4358) - Modern American cooking, relaxed neighborhood feel.
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