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Settled after the Civil War by freed slaves who rebuilt the train tracks at the nearby rail yard (now CSX), Reynoldstown now enjoys a growing diversity, which is what prompted Chris Appleton—executive director of the arts nonprofit WonderRoot—to make his home there nine years ago.
Founded in 1924 and named for the birthplace of William Shakespeare, this quiet neighborhood eight miles east of Atlanta has long been known for its Tudor-style architecture. Its neighbor, Decatur, may be larger, but the city is stepping into its own, with big ambitions for food, entertainment, and public schools.
Tony Cruver knows the importance of good neighborhoods—and good neighbors. Raised in College Park, Cruver, twenty-eight, credits strong role models for keeping him out of trouble. He’s paying it forward with Cruvie Clothing Co., an online shop that aims to spread positivity through simple but statement-making sweatshirts and tees, and collaborations with communities and nonprofits.
Encompassing twenty-seven square miles and three zip codes, in the far reaches of northern Fulton County, Alpharetta is very OTP. Some may think of Alpharetta as a sprawling place full of McMansions and restaurant chains, but city planners are working to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown.
Atlanta might never have become the vaunted “City in a Forest” if not for Druid Hills. In 1890, Joel Hurt, who had already built Inman Park, hired famed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted to transform 1,400 acres of farmland into “an ideal residential community.”
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