Old 4th Ward
Birthplace of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Within in-town Atlanta, rumors are always swirling as to what is going to be the next “up and coming” neighborhood. Many of those rumors have proved to be untrue and investments were made unwisely. However, in the case of Old Fourth Ward, the rumors are true. O4W, as it is known, borders downtown Atlanta, Inman Park and Cabbagetown. This historic area is best known for the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site and was Creative Loafing’s winner of “Best Bet for Next Hot Neighborhood” in 2010 and again in 2015.
One of the most exciting Atlanta projects undertaken in quite some time has been the Atlanta Beltline – a walking trail connecting 45 neighborhoods, re-utilizing space that was previously historic railroad corridors and encircling the downtown area. Connecting neighborhoods, parks and living spaces, O4W is the first neighborhood to have the Beltline completed. While walking, bicycling or skating, local artists provide additional beauty to behold along the way.
Located between North Avenue and Glen Iris, this 17 acre park is a beautiful example of a modern family friendly, multi-use park that is both beautiful and functional. With quick access from the beltline, this gem is centered around a large pond with organic plantings. People of all ages can find something to enjoy here with a playground, a skate-park and Saturday croquet on the event lawn. Look forward to movies in the park next summer!
A major restoration of the old Sears building on Ponce de Leon Avenue, this work/live complex of 1 million square feet will harbor retail, restaurants, office and 260 residential condominium units. To honor the building’s historic past, Jamestown Properties is renovating the building while keeping the historical elements intact. In addition, movie mogul Tyler Perry’s former studio location is being transformed into a 12,000 square foot foodie wonderland. Based on San Francisco’s Ferry Building Market, local chefs, cheese artisans and farmers will sell their wares to the public amongst several restaurants with outdoor seating overlooking the Beltine. Also notable – no national chains allowed – only locals.
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