Capitol View, Atlanta
Capitol View is a neighborhood community in southwest Atlanta, GA that was named for its excellent view of the Georgia State Capitol building. Its boundaries include Metropolitan Parkway to the east, Lee Street to the west, and the Beltline to the north. On the south, the border follows Arden Street, Deckner Avenue, and Perkerson Park.
- 1 History
- 2 Neighborhood Association
- 3 Transportation
- 4 Housing
- 5 Parks and Recreation
- 6 Education
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Prior to about 1910, the residential area known as Capitol View, located three miles southwest of Five Points, was hardly more than truck farm and pasture, owned for the most part by Andrew P. Stewart, ”Uncle John” Shannon, and the Deckner family. There was no paving, no electric lights, no sewerage, and the 12 charter members of the Capitol View Baptist Church, founded in 1908, went by lantern light to the little frame structure, then on Beatie Avenue. Between that time and 1913, the section, so named because of the excellent view there of the State Capitol dome, developed rapidly. It was accelerated by realtor William D. Beatie, who created the subdivision and sold homes at modest prices. Utilities were put in and during 1913, Capitol View became a part of the city and was annexed to the Tenth Ward. The boundaries of the territory thus annexed were: North, A & W.P. Belt Line; South, Deckner Avenue; East, Stewart Avenue; and West, Sylvan Road. In late 1912, just prior to annexation, a number of the original street names, duplicates of older Atlanta street names, were changed. Oak became Athens Avenue, Poplar became Belmont Avenue, Rock became DeSoto Avenue, Seminole became Allene Avenue, McPherson became Erin Avenue, and Elm became Beatie Avenue.
Capitol View has continued to develop and has spread for a considerable distance east of Stewart Avenue. That part of the community was annexed to the city by degrees, partly in 1916, and partly in 1925 and 1926. The Capitol View Masonic Lodge, organized in 1914, built a three-story brick building on the northwest corner of Stewart and Dill Avenues in 1921, from which a considerable shopping center has developed. The Capitol View Baptist Church, housed in a substantial edifice since 1927, and located on Stewart Avenue across from the Masonic Building, now boasts a membership of well over 2000.
NOTE: This excerpt was written around 1950. Capitol View Baptist no longer exists as a congregation, and the Masonic Lodge has been converted to other uses.
In the late 1990s Stewart Avenue was renamed Metropolitan Parkway in an effort to shake the street's unfortunate reputation as a haven of crime and prostitution. Since then determined efforts to restore the area have helped to increase property values and reduce crime. The approval of a Tax-allocation district for Metropolitan Parkway (although it does not include the Capitol View area) should help to revitalize a long-neglected business corridor. The redevelopment of the nearby Fort McPherson into a Science and Technology Park with mixed use development in the future will provide employment opportunities for existing and new residents. With the 2014 construction of the Beltline, the rising trend toward living close-in to the city, and a new library currently being built in the neighborhood by the old Capitol View Baptist Church, Capitol View appears to be on a track for revitalization like many other in-town Atlanta neighborhoods.
Beltline Southwest Trail
In September 2013, the City of Atlanta was awarded an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop the southwest corridor of the Atlanta BeltLine. In the second half of 2014, construction will commence on the 3-mile Westside Trail. The 3-mile Westside trail will run along the northern edge of Capitol View from University Avenue in Adair Park north to Lena Avenue at Washington Park in West End. For a half mile along White Street, the trail will use the existing West End Trail. The project funding includes 14 points of entry (11 of which will be ADA-accessible) with ramp and stair systems, greenway, and preservation for future transit. The construction is expected to start in the fall of 2014.
Capitol View Neighborhood Association (CVNA) exists to represent the neighborhood at large on a shoestring budget and minimal volunteers. CVNA is involved in community outreach, involvement, branding and neighborhood betterment. We need your support to increase and to better everything we do. More importantly, CVNA needs your input – your voice, to bring perspective to matters that effect and affect our community.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Perkerson Park Recreational Center and are marked in the Community Calendar.
2014 CVNA dues are as follows:
- $35 for new members (this includes CV banner)
- $25 for renewing members
- $35 for additional banners (An additional $1 is charged when paying with PayPal)
Capitol View is conveniently located just a few miles from Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, College Park, East Point, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and major highways and interstates such as the Downtown Connector/I-75/I-85, I-20, and Metropolitan Parkway.
Capitol View is located on the Red/Gold Lines of the MARTA Train Rail with a neighborhood stop at the Oakland City Train Station. This allows easy public transit options to the Atlanta area. In addition, Marta Bus stops line the perimeter of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
Oakland City MARTA Station layout
|Southbound||← Gold Line toward Airport (Lakewood / Fort McPherson)
← Red Line toward Airport (Lakewood / Fort McPherson)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Northbound||→ Gold Line toward Doraville (West End) →
→ Red Line toward North Springs (West End) →
|G||Street Level||Entrance/Exit, fare barriers|
|L||Lower level||Passageway from street to platforms|
Most homes in Capitol View were built during the first half of the twentieth century. Earlier home styles were primarily Country Victorians and Craftsman Bungalows while later housing stock included Cape Cods and Colonials. Most houses feature wide front porches and back decks looking out on spacious yards. Currently houses in the neighborhood ran the gamut of fixer-uppers to fully renovated to brand new home construction.
Prices reflect the condition of the property and the top of the market is in the low $200,000 range. The neighborhood also has several industrial buildings which have been converted to lofts and are a part of the Couer D'Allene loft complex.
Parks and Recreation
Capitol View is located between Perkerson Park and the proposed Atlanta Beltline park system. Perkerson is a 50-acre (200,000 m2) park with a large pavilion and several other picnic facilities. A new playground was recently installed during a renovation of the park's recreation center. In March 2010, the Friends of Perkerson Park, a community volunteer group, hosted the first "Spring Forward Festival" which raised money to make improvements to the park.
The park also features the following sport amenities:
Perkerson Park is home to the only permanent disc golf course in the city of Atlanta.
Capitol View is also between two of the six targeted economic development areas on the Atlanta Beltline: Murphy's Crossing, directly north of Capitol View, and University/Metropolitan to the west.
Atlanta Public Schools
The Atlanta Public Schools for the neighborhood are:
- Perkerson Elementary School
- Parks Middle School
- Latin Academy Charter School
- Washington High School
Colleges and Universities
In addition, many colleges are located within a few miles of Capitol View. These include:
- Atlanta Technical College
- Atlanta Metropolitan College
- Morehouse College
- Clark Atlanta University
- Georgia State University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Georgia Perimeter College
The Atlanta–Fulton Public Library System is currently building the Southwest Atlanta Branch Library in the neighborhood at 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310. The Library System is engaged in a $275 million building program, funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008. The project is divided into two phases.
Phase I of the Library Building Program consists of 10 projects, 8 new libraries – Alpharetta, East Roswell, Metropolitan, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, and Wolf Creek – and 2 expanded libraries – Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and South Fulton – with a total budget of $167 million; these dollars include everything from design and construction to funding for collections. Also, each library project includes a public art component, through the Fulton County Public Art Program.
- Official Capitol View Neighborhood Association Website
- Map of Capitol View from Wikimapia
- Atlanta Public Schools