East Atlanta—The phoenix from the fire.
Atlanta was the major supply hub of the south during the Civil War and a focus of the Union army’s march on the South. Lemuel P. Grant had a plantation on the east side of Atlanta and designed the city’s fortifications to protect his plantation from this invasion. General James B. McPherson placed his Union forces one mile east of the plantation To protect his flank he placed a cannon at the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Glenwood Avenue but his effort was to no avail. The Confederate army attached from behind and the Battle of Atlanta was fought behind the Union line. Today the East Atlanta neighborhood is dotted with historic markers commemorating this event that sealed the fate of the Confederate South. In addition to the historic markers two upturned cannons can be seen marking the locations of the death of Grant and McPherson.
The East Atlanta neighborhood recovered quickly after the war and became a thriving area. As the community developed a plan for a grid of streets surrounding a 13 acre green space was designed. In 1915 the community voted to be annexed into the city of Atlanta so that the residents could access public education, fire protection, and water and sewer services. East Atlanta fell on hard times during the 1960s, and is now enjoying a renaissance of the area.
In 2005 a public works project was put into place to enhance the business district and to encourage pedestrian environments. The project featured wider sidewalks and public benches among other improvements. In 2007 and 2008 the East Atlanta area was voted “Best Neighborhood” by the Creative Loafing newspaper.
The East Atlanta Village, known locally as EAV, has a great selection of restaurants, nightlife, music venues, coffee shops, and bookstores. From May till October the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market is open and selling locally grown fruits and vegetables. If athletic recreation is what you are looking for then Brownwood Park is the place for you. The park features basketball courts, a children’s playground, and tennis courts for public enjoyment.
A variety of festivals are held in the area each year including the annual East Atlanta Strut Festival and Parade in September. The festival features live music, art, a 5K fun run and special events. The B*ATL Neighborhood Festival commemorates the Battle of Atlanta and includes a tour of homes, a period costume gala dinner, a Civil War re-enactment, and historic music. The East Atlanta Beer Festival is held in May and the proceeds benefit local charities. On top of all this, parking is always free and plentiful.
Restaurants and Shopping
East Atlanta Village features some of the best restaurants and bars in Atlanta. All of which are located a short distance apart, making it easy to move from one to another and experience a variety of music and culture. If you are looking for hip-hop or punk, debauchery or sophistication, it can all be found here. For great people, food, and music The Earl is the place to be; East Atlanta Thai and Sushi and Soba Vietnamese is great for Asian food; Joe’s Coffee for a great cup of joe; Urban Cannibals for chocolate; The Flat Iron for the best fried green tomatoes ever; Chazz for good, inexpensive southern fare; and 529, The Graveyard or Mary’s for live music and karaoke.
Shopping abounds in the area with Bound To Be Read Books on Flat Shoals Avenue for books and events; Rare Footage for a great selection of shoes; SoKai Salon on Flat Shoals Avenue for a good haircut, makeup artists, and cosmetics; Cigar Village Atlanta on Flat Shoals Avenue for a good stogie and place to relax; or City Life Apparel on Glenwood Avenue for outstanding men’s and women’s clothing.
East Atlanta residents send their children to ____________. Other schools available in the area are Imagine Wesley International Academy, Kingfisher Academy, and Neighborhood Charter School.
Local colleges and universities in the area are Agnes Scott College, Columbia theological Seminary, Emory University, and Georgia Perimeter College. Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
East Atlanta is served by the Inman Park MARTA Transit Station on the blue / green line and a bus from the station to the East Atlanta area. Bus 4, bus 34, and bus 107 provide service from the Five Points area or bus 74 from the downtown area.