If you don't know your Fairlie-Poplar from your Marietta Artery, we can help you by introducing you to each of the Downtown Atlanta Neighborhoods.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of eight Landmark Districts in the city, Castleberry Hill is made up of historic warehouses that have been converted into residential lofts, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, salons, and coffee shops. Adjacent to the rail lines that were integral in Atlanta's formation, Castleberry Hill has become an artist's haven. The neighborhood hosts the Second Friday Art Stroll on the second Friday of every month, from 7pm to 10pm. The Art Stroll, which has been voted Best Neighborhood Art Walk in Atlanta in Creative Loafing for three years in a row, shows off a diverse and electic collection of art. In addition to the galleries, neighborhood businesses often also display art and host events on the Second Friday Art Stroll.
Or South of North Avenue, is a diverse neighborhood that connects the heart of Downtown to Midtown. One of Downtown's earliest redeveloped residential areas, SoNo truly offers a mix of all residential housing types; single family homes, town homes, apartments, high-rise condos, and garden-style condos. The neighborhood also has a mix of commercial uses and boasts claim to the Bank of America Building, the tallest building in the Southeast. In addition, SoNo is home to many restaurants and has an active nightlife.
Old Fourth Ward
Largely made up of single family residential units, O4W is one of the oldest residential areas in the city of Atlanta. Now, the redevelopment of City Hall East and the Atlanta Beltline is spurring development on the east, and Sweet Auburn is creating excitement on the west of the Old Fourth Ward. This area is poised to experience a boom in redevelopment in the coming years.
Centennial Park District
Whether you're a long-time Atlanta resident or a first-time visitor, the Centennial Park District is a must-experience destination in Downtown Atlanta. Walkable, safe, accessible and full of fun, the Centennial Park District stretches from the Georgia Aquarium to the Georgia World Congress Center. The creation of Centennial Olympic Park for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games prompted much development directly surrounding the park. Home not only to pre-Olympic cornerstones like CNN Center, the area is now home to the Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and more. Twenty years after the Olympics, this area has become Downtown's premiere entertainment district. www.centennialparkdistrict.com
The Centennial Hill neighborhood is an area rich with new investment. In recent years, the area has become home to new residential condominium buildings, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, and the new headquarters of the Southern Company. Twenty acres of the area are being redeveloped into Allen Plaza, a multi-block, mixed use projects including new office, residential, luxury hotel, and restaurant space that will be completed in a number of phases over the coming years.
Fairlie-Poplar was Atlanta's turn-of-the-century central business district and today many of the buildings are over 100 years old. Much of the area is designated as a National Register Historic District, and many of the city's oldest high-rise buildings found here have recently been converted to condominiums and apartments or higher education uses by Georgia State University. The area exudes a human scale neighborly feel with a high concentration of residents, restaurants, nightlife, and the arts all within close proximity to each other.
Home to the city's largest concentration of convention hotels, the Hotel District also includes much of Atlanta's premiere Class A office space. Various fine dining establishments dot the area, ranging from sushi and ethnic food to steakhouse and cigar bar. The area is also the home of Georgia State University's forthcoming new 2,000-bed student housing complex.
Georgia State University
The Georgia State University area is defined by an array of uses: various retail outlets, office space, and institutional establishments. In addition to the activity at Grady Memorial Hospital, the exponential growth of Georgia State University has made the area vibrant at all hours of the day. The regular programming at Woodruff Park offers an outdoor respite to office workers and students. www.gsu.edu
Sweet Auburn combines history with an assorted collection of independent retail, restaurant, and entertainment venues. Home to not only the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, this historic area is seeing new investment as well. Previously vacant storefronts are being filled with coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and art galleries. Sweet Auburn Works, a Main Street organization, initiates and supports economic development initiatives and projects that promote commerce, tourism and the relentless preservation of historic places within the Sweet Auburn Historic District. www.sweetauburnworks.com. Check out the Sweet Auburn neighborhood map.
Memorial Drive connects the government district of Atlanta with some of the city's most quickly revitalizing residential neighborhoods, including Grant Park and East Atlanta. As a result, the corridor has experienced significant investment in recent years. For instance, two former public housing projects are being redeveloped into mixed-income communities.
South Downtown boasts a great deal of character and is one of the oldest sections of Atlanta. In addition to the concentration of city, state, and federal government offices, South Downtown also is home to Underground Atlanta. The area is becoming a hub of authentic loft residential development in former 19th-century hotels, department stores, and other commercial buildings.
Northside Drive Corridor
The Northside Drive Corridor, once considered solely as an alternate route to the Downtown Connector, is now becoming a hub of real estate activity. Recent developments include the Northyards Business Park, a redeveloped railroad round house transformed into a modern-day business park, as well as larger mixed use and residential projects. With the Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome on one side of the corridor and the residential neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City on the other, Northside Drive is expected to emerge as an eclectic and vibrant corridor.
Centennial Place is a 60-acre community bordering the Georgia Institute of Technology and Centennial Olympic Park. With the first phases completed in 1996 in time for the Olympic Games, Centennial Place replaced the former Techwood and Clark Howell Homes, and it has received recognition nationwide for both planning and site design. This walkable community truly feels like a neighborhood and boasts rental and for-sale units that attract a diverse group of residents.
The Marietta Artery, previously an industrial corridor formed along the Western and Atlanta Railroad, historic neighborhood went into decline in the 1960's as tenants closed shop. However, in recent years many adaptive reuse projects have sparked interest in the area once again. Many of these historic buildings have been rehabilitated and now stand as office and residential lofts, restaurants and art galleries. www.artery.org