Inman Park in Midtown Atlanta is the city’s first planned community. It was developed in the 1880s. The area has large lots, open park areas, curving roads, and a beautiful lake. Many prominent Atlanta citizens bought homes in the neighborhood.
One of the first streetcar systems was put in Inman Park to make it easier to travel between the neighborhood and downtown. The trolley route is no longer in use today.
The neighborhood was in dire straits in the 1950s, with most residents moving out to newer communities. The lake was drained and part of the local park was paved for a new road. New zoning regulations allowed for the construction of new apartment buildings, which replaced the smaller Victorian homes.
The area was revitalized in the 1970s, with many of the historical homes being rebuilt.