Lakewood Heights, Atlanta

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Lakewood Heights
Neighborhoods of Atlanta
location of Lakewood Heights in southeast Atlanta
location of Lakewood Heights in southeast Atlanta
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton County
City City of Atlanta
NPU Y
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 2,750
Lakewood Heights Historic District
Location jct. of Jonesboro Rd. and Lakewood Ave., Atlanta, Georgia
Area 219 acres (89 ha)
Built 1895
Architect Edwards, William; Sayward, William J.
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 02000712[2]
Added to NRHP July 5, 2002

Lakewood Heights is a neighborhood in southeast Atlanta. It is bounded by:

Lakewood Heights contains the Lakewood Heights Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

Factors leading to Development[edit]

Lakewood Heights developed as the result of three separate factors:[3]

Private enterprise and model homes[edit]

One section of Lakewood Heights is Oak Knoll, which was noted in a 1937 meeting between Techwood Homes organizer Charles Forrest Palmer, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.. Roosevelt was delighted that private enterprise — backed by guarantees the Federal Housing Administration — could provide good homes at moderate rentals. The conversation about Oak Knoll drew the conclusion that private projects were in fact strengthened by public housing projects serving as a "pace setter", and helped support arguments for a more proactive nationwide public housing policy.[4] The house at 1099 Oak Knoll Drive was featured in a 1938 issue of Life magazine, as it was a Life "model house"; the model kits were available for purchase from retailers around the country.[5]

Assembly plant to media productions[edit]

The neighborhood was home to the Lakewood Fairgrounds which until 1979 had a racetrack, Lakewood Speedway. Now the Hi-Fi Buys (a.k.a. Aaron's) Amphitheater is located on the old fairgrounds.

Around 1970 the area began to decline as middle-class families moved away. The assembly plant finally closed in 1990.[6]

The area is now an important center of the growing Atlanta-area film and television production industry. The EUE/Screen Gems Atlanta soundstages were established there in mid-2010 and by Autumn 2011 were already expanding.[7]

Parks[edit]

  • South Bend Park (76.6 acres)
  • John C. Burdine Center (4.27 acres)

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