Midtown

A hip residential area close to all the hot spots, Midtown features the inimitable Piedmont Park, lots of cool watering holes, and the benefit of something happening anytime of day (or night).  Midtown runs the gamut of housing from historic Arts & Craft style homes to high-rise condos and apartments.

The history of Midtown spans more than a century. (Visit the Walking Tour) In the 1870's, Peachtree Street was the most prestigious residential street in Atlanta, with the Governor's Mansion and other fine homes gracing it. Residents ventured further from downtown as streetcar lines were extended all the way out to Sixth Street and Piedmont Avenue and as The Gentlemen's Driving Club was established in 1887 (now the Piedmont Driving Club). A series of cotton exhibitions began in 1881 on the site of what is now Piedmont Park. Ponce de Leon Avenue was a destination for scenic picnics to its springs (located under the present City Hall East, the old Sears Building), which were thought to have healing powers. An amusement park was located across from the springs during the 1880s. Residential development then proceeded along Ponce de Leon Avenue. The fire of 1917 which devastated approximately 2000 homes south of Ponce was arrested in its path when Mayor Asa Candler created a fire trench line by dynamiting homes between North Avenue and Ponce de Leon. Due to a housing shortage during World War II, many of these large homes were subdivided and rented out as rooms. The post-war period led to a general decline of the neighborhood through the early 1970s. The bottom was hit during the mid-1970s with the end of the Strip, with its "Tight Squeeze" area at Peachtree and Tenth Streets, which had become a gathering place during the 1960s for drug users and prostitution. (based on research by Tom Leslie and Pat Willis) Today, Midtown has experienced much rejuvenation and has become a dynamic and vital intown neighborhood, sporting the most exciting skyline in Atlanta. Residents appreciate the diversity brought about by many different lifestyles, which is precisely what gives Midtown the real neighborhood feeling. A neighborhood association was established in 1969 through the efforts of area ministers who encouraged members of local churches to join with other residents to develop a sense of community and to express their commitment to the City of Atlanta. The community newspaper, The Midtown Story, was first published in 1974 and is now published bi-monthly as the official voice of the Midtown Neighbors' Association.

Midtown was best known as a cultural center, with the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center and the Fox Theatre. But the revival of intown living has spurred the conversion of old offices and stores along Peachtree Street and Piedmont Avenue into lofts. It has also drawn builders who are erecting midrise and garden-style residences to meet the demand. That same demand has boosted prices of Midtown properties into the multimillions. Along with the multifamily projects, Midtown has several historic neighborhoods where well- heeled buyers own beautiful columned houses along the twisting streets of Ansley Park and the Ansley Golf Club. Families are attracted to the English Tudor style houses of Morningside and Lenox Park, where elementary schools are noted for their active parent associations. The Virginia-Highland area, a thriving district of shops and restaurants, continues to attract visitors. Another bustling corner of Midtown is Piedmont Park, the city's biggest with 185 acres. The grounds include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 15 acres of outdoor gardens and woodlands.

In many ways, Midtown is Atlanta's heart, right in the middle between Downtown and Buckhead. Taking care of this vital organ continues to yield positive results for the entire region.Today, Midtown is a cosmopolitan community with a healthy mix of offices and skyscrapers, great places to live, cultural destinations and green space, all enhancing and supporting each other.Construction cranes won't be leaving Midtown Atlanta anytime soon. Over the past five years Midtown has experienced residential growth of 250% and office has space has expanded by 60%. While numerous significant Midtown projects have been recently completed, many more are underway or planned for the near future.

Some information provided by  www.midtownatlanta.org

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