4 Very Cool Neighborhoods East of Downtown, O4W & Grant Park:
Reynoldstown, Glenwood Park, Kirkwood & East Atlanta
East of Downtown Atlanta, ultra-trendy Old Fourth Ward, and Historic Grant Park neighborhoods are four very cool neighborhoods that are experiencing a renaissance, like Inman Park to the north.
Due to its bisection by the Atlanta Beltline and proximity to Inman Park, Reynoldstown is a newly hip intown Atlanta neighborhood. Reynoldstown was originally settled after the Civil War by freed slaves who were employed by the railroad, and became a historic district in 2003. Local landmarks include the Colgate Mattress Factory lofts, Trees Atlanta headquarters and nursery, the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad depot, The Hulsey Railroad Yard, and Habitat for Humanity Headquarters. Today industrial buildings and old homes are being renovated as fast as new developments pop up.
“Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant to build a permanent stage where a temporary one now stands just north of H. Harper Station in the Reynoldstown neighborhood. The project will include landscaped exhibit space and an elevated park connection with ”some of the best views of the city.” Georgia Tech professor Tristan Al-Haddad and his students were key contributors to the winning proposal. The Reynoldstown Stage will be nestled into an area with unique topographical features and a kind of shiny halo overhead that may have been intended as a metaphor for the kind of crowning achievement that the Atlanta BeltLine is becoming for the city.”
Just south of I-20 at Reynoldstown is the small community of Glenwood Park,
just east of Historic Grant Park where ZOO Atlanta and its amazing animals reside. Glenwood Park is a new urbanism planned community surrounded by old Atlanta neighborhoods.
Originally farms and dairy yards covered the Kirkwood area from 1827 until the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.
Kirkwood was one of Atlanta’s first streetcar neighborhoods and was incorporated in 1899. Today, it is a flourishing national historic designated township which sports new streetscaping, renovated old homes and new mixed-use developments.
Just south of Kirkwood and east of Glenwood Park is the trendy and very popular neighborhood of East Atlanta and it’s commercial district, East Atlanta Village.
“What is now Flat Shoals Avenue was a major trade route for the Native Americans. It was called Sandtown Trail and connected the coastal area near Savannah with the Chattahoochee River. The Sandtown Trail crossed the Peachtree Trail at what later became Five Points in downtown Atlanta.”
The Washington Post called EAV the best kept secret in Atlanta, Creative Loafing readers voted it best neighborhood in Atlanta, and the New York Times says our neighborhood is reaching the crest in what has been a steadily rising wave of cool.