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Neighborhood Spotlight: The Endless Charms of Inman Park

Posted by Brian on May 27, 2017
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Inman Park

Atlanta has become one of the biggest cities in America, so it is not surprising that it boasts some truly diverse neighborhoods. While many communities are working on revitalization and trying to attract newcomers, Inman Park is already an established favorite for many Atlanta locals. Whether you’re looking for great food, unique shopping, or a thriving art scene, Inman Park has something for you.

Historical building

History

Inman Park was Atlanta’s first planned suburb, which gives it an aesthetically pleasing and easily navigable layout. It was also one of the first garden suburbs in the country. The developer envisioned a rural retreat, connected to the bustling downtown area by the new electric streetcars. It boasted regular train schedules and was hailed as an elite community. The architecture still includes some of the finest examples of lavish Victorian homes.

The neighborhood declined with the rise of automobiles and the post-World War II exodus to the suburbs. Wealthy Atlantans could drive out to suburban retreats even further than Inman Park, and the Victorian architecture went out of style.

Many of the beautiful mansions were subdivided into apartments, and lower-income families moved in beside elderly residents who could not afford to leave. The neighborhood continued to deteriorate until the late 1960s when a group of investors came in and decided to restore the beautiful homes to their former glory.

The Inman Park Restoration spanned a couple of decades and brought the little suburb back to life. The developers began an annual Tour of Homes to publicize their progress, and this has grown into the hugely popular Inman Park Festival. It is the largest all-volunteer festival in Georgia and draws thousands of visitors each year. The neighborhood association prides itself on its inclusivity, welcoming homeowners and renters alike. With the wide variety of homes and condominiums available, Inman Park offers the perfect place for any Atlanta resident.

Getting There

Inman Park is located directly east of Downtown Atlanta and is easily accessible by car, MARTA, or by the popular BeltLine trail. The neighborhood successfully avoided the path of the I-485 highway, but it is still located within minutes of I-20 and I-85. The MARTA Inman Park-Reynoldstown Transit Station is located just on the southern edge of Inman Park and offers both the blue and green line schedules for those who prefer not to battle the legendary Atlanta traffic. There are also miles of the multi-use BeltLine trail going through Inman Park, connecting it to neighboring Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, and the Old Fourth Ward, as well as the rest of Atlanta.

Scenic yard

Culture

The Inman Park Neighborhood Association is truly remarkable. It draws the community together to preserve its history and promote the future of the area. The Inman Park Historic District is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are many parks and playgrounds in the area that are carefully maintained. Springvale Park is one of the most popular areas. It was designed by the famous landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers, during the original design of the historic neighborhood. It features large trees, peaceful ponds, and a well-used children’s playground.

The restaurant scene is really where Inman Park shines. In just the last few years, restauranteurs and chefs have congregated around Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, especially along Edgewood Avenue. The diversity and quality of the food and drinks available can’t be beat!

Many of the favorites spots are highlighted in prominent Atlanta publications. Inman Park enthusiastically supports these local restaurants, just as much as the charming local boutiques interspersed through the neighborhood. The community feel of the neighborhood is infectious. By just walking down the street, you can tell that the residents love where they live.

Inman Park residents are also known for their support of the arts. Around every corner, you’ll find beautiful murals and inspired street art. The Krog Street Tunnel that connects Inman Park to Cabbagetown is one of the best examples of creative urban murals in metro Atlanta. Inman Park welcomes the street artists and allows them free rein to enrich the neighborhood with their skillful and striking images.

Final Thoughts

With so many great neighborhoods in the Metro-Atlanta area, it can be hard to find the perfect place for the whole family. Inman Park is one of the best neighborhoods to blend family fun, excellent nightlife, and rich culture. The community atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive. It really has something for everyone, so head to Inman Park to discover your new favorite Atlanta destination!