Inman Park, Atlanta’s First Residential Neighborhood, Is Still On The Rise
A resident's zip code reveals more than meets the eye. And where you choose to live in Atlanta's network of historic squares and quirky communities is not just telling; it’s meaningful–a point of pride.
Connected now more than ever before, Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods are the intersection of perseverance and progression. Cruise down North Highland in the heart of Inman Park and the tug of war between preservation, reinvention, and development couldn’t be clearer. Victorian homes and historic storefronts have found friends in new-age restaurants and apartment buildings that seem to have risen overnight. But that mix of aged brick, Victorian grace, and modern sheen melds together with a sense of inclusiveness that’s reflective of its residents and visitors.
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Most of Atlanta’s younger generations didn’t discover the neighborhood’s vibrant architecture until the BeltLine broke into the community. But those that called Inman Park home long before valet parking was prominent embraced the revival. The area has seen it all before; it was the first planned residential suburb of the city. Plotted in the late 1880s, the neighborhood’s curved streets have housed the likes of Coca-Cola Company founders and former governors.
Today these century-old streets exercise their inclusivity and transformation in the form of a butterfly. Official neighborhood flags flank entryways with black and yellow wings. Gardens sport small iron sculptures that are ready to flutter away. Even their neighborhood watch signs welcome passersby with a neighborly butterfly logo.