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About

Kirkwood is a national historic designated neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is a historic streetcar suburb, and was designed by architect Will Saunders. Kirkwood is situated entirely in Dekalb county boarded by the neighborhoods of Lake Claire, East Lake, Edgewood, and Oakhurst….Today, Downtown Kirkwood has become what neighbors call ‘the small town in the big city.’ “ (http://www.historic-kirkwood.org)

History

“Kirkwood was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1899. Governed beginning in 1899 by its own city council and mayor, the town boasted its own water system, school systems and fire department. The former Kirkwood school is a handsome building form this period, located on Kirkwood Road just north of Bessie Branham Park. … While rich in history, Kirkwoods rise, then its fall into decline, and its recent revival again as a neighborhood attractive to middle and uppe-middle income homeowners illustrate just how economic, racial and social forces have shaped this historic inner-city community and many others like it.”

http://www.historic-kirkwood.org/about/history

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Walkability

  • With a walkability to score of 61, Kirkwood is considered SOMEWHAT WALKABLE, and most errands can be accomplished on foot.
  • With a bikability score of 57, Kirkwood is considered SOMEWHAT BIKABLE

http://www.walkscore.com/GA/Atlanta/Kirkwood

Kirkwood is located along the P.A.T.H. a system of scenic greenways

(http://pathfoundation.org)

Schools

http://www.greatschools.org/search/search.page?search_type=0&q=30317&state=GA

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Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens

One of the best around (and check out the sheep while you are there):

http://elfmarket.org

Check out this great, and oldest, Atlanta market, Sweet Auburn Curb Market:

ww.sweetauburncurbmarket.com/hours.html

Open year round on Saturdays and Wednesdays, this is a growing favorite:

http://decaturfarmersmarket.com/wordpress

A growing, local market aimed at boosting local economy:

http://www.farmeav.com

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-

Two of the best sources for finding and starting Community Gardens in Atlanta:

http://www.parkpride.org/get-involved/community-programs/community-gardens

http://www.acfb.org/about/our-programs/community-gardens

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:

http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com

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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

Coan Park

Located in Edgewood, this park as ball fields and basketball courts

Gilliam Park

Situated on the trolly line, this greenspace has a bike trail, community garden and acess to PATH.

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