Neighborhood Spotlight: Midtown

Posted by Info Ansley 05/29/2020

In the late 1800s, the Midtown area was one of Atlanta’s finest neighborhoods with graceful mansions found up and down Peachtree Street. The post-World War II era, however, led to a downturn as people left the city for Atlanta’s growing suburbs. By the tumultuous 1960s, Midtown was best known for unsavory streets and blocks of underutilized land. Soon after, urban visionaries reclaimed the neighborhood and began its renaissance – helping transform the neighborhood into a true mixed-use, new urbanist, live-learn-work-play community.

Home to some of the area’s top businesses and popular entertainment venues, Midtown is the geographic and cultural heart of Atlanta. Pockets of established residential areas can also found throughout Midtown offering a wide array of architectural styles ranging from Craftsman bungalows and Victorians to glittering condominium high rise towers and commercial building conversions.

With 25 different arts and cultural venues, more than 30 permanent performing arts groups, and 22 various entertainment facilities, Midtown features the largest concentration of arts facilities and organizations in the Southeast including the world-renowned High Museum of Art.

Completed in 1928, the Fox Theatre is one of Midtown’s most recognizable landmarks hosting more than 250 shows, and half a million visitors annually for its legendary lineup of concerts, movies and touring Broadway shows.

The crown jewel of this vibrant neighborhood is undoubtedly the historic 185-acre Piedmont Park, which offers access to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Driving Club and the BeltLine.

The number of residents in the Midtown area has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Currently, in addition to 13,000+ existing residential units, there are 8,000+ new residential units under construction or about to break ground within greater Midtown, with most of these in the Midtown core.

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