Inman Park was Atlanta's first planned residential suburb and also the city's first electric streetcar neighborhood. Located approximately two miles east of the city center, Inman Park is home to beautiful Victorian-style homes with lush green spaces and bungalows. It is located on the Eastside Beltline Trail, one of Atlanta's most popular attractions. Not only does the Beltline offer a trail for biking and exercising, but it also provides great walking access to everything you might need, including plenty of modern lunch spots, coffee shops, supermarkets, and patios for drinking and dining.
Many people who move to this neighborhood come to this area because of the walkability of the ring line and the convenience it brings to their lives. A stroll through Sweet Auburn is like a journey through history. Sweet Auburn is a historic neighborhood east of downtown Atlanta along Auburn Avenue. Here you'll find a mix of history, restaurants, entertainment venues, and local retail stores.
Home to the famous Curb Market, which opened in 1924, it is home to thirty local businesses, including fresh produce, meat, dairy products from local farms, seafood, a full-service bakery, a cooking school, and ten of the city's most popular restaurants. With nearly 150 restaurants, bars, and cafes in the neighborhood, downtown Atlanta is truly a place you can get around on foot. Inman Park was planned in the 1880s by Joel Hurt and was named after his friend Samuel Inman. It could be reached on the Atlanta streetcar and was designed to be a segregated community for the wealthy.
Beautiful mansions filled the streets then and still do. Since then, Inman Park has undergone some changes. There was an exodus of the middle and upper classes to the suburbs when the Victorian style seemed old-fashioned and the city's neighborhoods were becoming less safe. The neighborhood is mainly residential, with tree-lined streets of historic houses.
It's another of Atlanta's original streetcar suburbs that could be reached in the late 19th century. At that time, it was mostly countryside. It wasn't until the beginning of the 20th century that streets and houses were built. Like Inman Park and many other neighborhoods in the city, there was a decline in Sweet Auburn in the 1960s.
Head south to Grant Park until you reach the large park and the neighborhood with the same name. Grant Park also has a fairly pleasant communal atmosphere. The streets have sidewalks and offer a quiet walk to admire the many Victorian-era houses in the area. Take note of the house numbers which are all on yellow signs in the shape of a sunbeam; it's one of the few neighborhoods in Atlanta that has unique signs on every home.
Along the street between Inman Park and Grant Park there are signs with historical information about the street, houses and people who have lived here over the years. Not only is it one of Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods but it's also one of its most historic. Take a walking tour of MLK Jr and learn even more than you would on your own. Auburn Ave and Edgewood Ave, Sweet Auburn's other main street will take you to downtown Atlanta if you head west. The neighborhood is a bit more sandy than others mentioned but it's worth visiting to learn about its history.
Midtown in the center of the city is a good neighborhood to stay when visiting Atlanta; when you're there you'll be well-connected to other parts of town both on foot and by public transportation. It is a commercial and business area with restaurants shops theaters and more; while many consider Midtown their home during workday many others also live in its luxurious skyscrapers. When you're in Midtown just about everything you need is within easy reach; also I live in Grant Park and have been car-free for past three years doing pretty well without one for an article about walking it's ironic that you don't realize that you can walk to several places in Grant Park area you don't need car so Atlanta may not claim to have any neighborhood with straight A 100 points on foot New York City by way of unfair comparison has nine them but it's getting close. Although neighborhood is home to many students those who live there benefit from growth state Georgia development area focused students who live “on campus without vehicle” it's now one nicest neighborhoods city live with some modern complexes along most historic houses. Atlanta neighborhoods like Cabbagetown are perfect balance friendly people who will smile as they pass by but who don't interfere with their walk; Midtown located center city one most culturally diverse neighborhoods city housing market also come long way trendy Buckhead Village neighborhood now filled exclusive single-family homes luxurious skyscrapers although more affordable condos can found. I provided walk score ranking each neighborhood compared other neighborhoods Atlanta however many neighborhoods metropolitan area revitalizing redefining spaces make them more pedestrian-friendly not all neighborhoods Atlanta have sidewalks so some neighborhoods more walkable than others; you might surprised learn downtown Atlanta considered one most walkable neighborhoods Atlanta while new areas like Beacon being developed there aren't many services here other neighborhoods this post. East Atlanta Village (EAV) lively bohemian neighborhood known eclectic mix locally owned shops bars restaurants but if Atlanta wants truly become pedestrian-friendly city must continue invest infrastructure make sure all its citizens can safely enjoy benefits walking. Exploring Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods can be an exciting experience for anyone looking for an adventure or just wanting to get out into nature without having to drive or take public transportation. From Inman Park to Sweet Auburn to Grant Park to Midtown - each area offers something unique for pedestrians looking for an enjoyable experience while exploring all that this great city has to offer.