“With the extraordinary growth of Atlanta’s population during this time, and the development of an extensive core downtown business district, many forward-looking business and municipal leaders began to see the need for separate areas of recreation and residential development for the ever increasing numbers of those who worked downtown. However, unlike other east side neighborhoods, Edgewood was geared primarily towards blue collar workers. As such, the Victorian architecture common in Kirkwood and Candler Park is noticeably absent in Edgewood, the neighborhood’s housing stock being composed primarily of craftsman bungalows.”
A major attration in the Edgewood neighborhood is the Edgewood Retail District.
Taking up 540,000 square feet, the district offers attractive retailers like Target, Lowes, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, and dozens more small and big — local and national – stores.
“The communities of Edgewood, Grant Park, Inman Park, Ansley Park and Druid Hills were each begun during this same period in order to “answer” the growing need for residential development kept apart from downtown congestion while still maintaining easy access to the city center….The pattern of development in Edgewood, on the other hand, was predominantly that of the smaller builder developer. Parcels of twenty acres or less were often purchased and then developed as blocks of individual or several houses at a time. Often the small builders were also residents of the community themselves. This led to a more heterogeneous building style, with smaller lot sizes and relatively modest design principles, which is quite evident today.” http://edgewoodatl.com/history/
- With a walkability to score of 64, Edgewood is considered SOMEWHAT WALKABLE, and most errands can be accomplished on foot.
- With a bikability score of 60, Edgewood is considered SOMEWHAT BIKABLE
Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens
One of the best around (and check out the sheep while you are there):
Check out this great, and oldest, Atlanta market, Sweet Auburn Curb Market:
Open year round on Saturdays and Wednesdays, this is a growing favorite:
A growing, local market aimed at boosting local economy:
See this great list as well for markets all over Atlanta:http://www.11alive.com/news/article/187640/387/Top-10-Farmers-Markets-in-Metro-Atlanta-
Mulberry Fields Community Garden and Greenspace
Home to goats and chickens this open meadow can be found in the heart of Candler Park via Iverson Road.
Wylde Center (formerly Oakhurst Community Gardens): the jewel of Decatur hosts such community projects as the Decatur Farms to School initiative, the Riverview CSA, and Urban Coop (classes for raising chickens in the city). Members and non-members alike can take part in year long classes about gardening and sustainable living. The Garden invites all school children to visit annually and offers their space for birthday parties and other events. http://wyldecenter.org
Decatur High School Community Garden launched in 2011 and is growing every year. Contributing to the Decatur Farms to School project more and more students are taking part in raising healthy food for their classmates.
Our Community Farm Project: A Multicultural, Sustainable Urban Farm learn more about this amazing undertaking by Refugee Family Services at http://ourcommunityfarmproject.blogspot.com/p/about-us_09.html
Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, A World Market, Open everyday 9am – 9 pm:
Two of the best sources for finding and starting Community Gardens in Atlanta:
Parks and Greenspaces
Bessie Branahm Park
Enjoy tennis and basketball courts, a ball field and playground as well as a $2 million recreational center with a gym, workout center, and a state of the art computer center – all free to Atlanta citizens
Located in Edgewood, this park as ball fields and basketball courts
Situated on the trolly
Freedom Park is the largest public park in Atlanta, linking the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Central Atlanta Neighborhoods, the Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Virginia Highland, and Little Five Points. Freedom Park spans 210 linear acres and is home to permanent art installments, a bike path, and walking trails.