One of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods, Virginia-Highland enjoys a rich history, a diverse urban fabric, and a distinct sense of place. In the early days, city folk escaped from downtown to appreciate the springs and cool breezes of higher elevations. In the 1920s, clusters of subdivisions created affordable homes in which city workers could live. The community suffered a period of decline in the mid-20th century due to the impact of integration and a planned highway that would cut through the neighborhood. After the highway was halted by community activists, young professionals and families began to move back into the city, renovating houses and embracing in-town living. Many historic structures, coupled with the eclectic business activity and unpretentious culture, have influenced the identity of Virginia-Highland.
Author Bio: This story of Virginia-Highland was woven together from the collections of local historical centers and the generosity of many current and former residents and business owners who were willing to share their personal family stories. Authors Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle have long loved history and were active in the exploration of historic preservation for the community. Their most prized photographs are those that community members pulled from their personal treasure chests.
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