Neighborhoods in Atlanta
Note: many unincorporated communities in DeKalb County adjacent to Atlanta, including Druid Hills CDP and North Druid Hills, use "Atlanta" in their postal address but are not part of the City of Atlanta. See DeKalb County
- traditional neighborhoods
- subdivisions or groups of subdivisions
- core areas such as Downtown and Midtown
The neighborhoods are divisions of 25 neighborhood planning units or NPUs, which are "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues".
The term "district" in Atlanta is generally used for small areas within the official neighborhoods. Downtown and Midtown Atlanta each contain a number of districts. Another example is Little Five Points, which sits on the border of 3 official neighborhoods.
In addition, Atlanta has various other divisions such as business improvement districts, police patrol zones, and in the unique case of Buckhead, a "community". Most of Atlanta north of I-75 and I-85 is part of the "Buckhead Community".
Although all of Atlanta is officially divided into Neighborhood Planning Units, it is more common in the news media to refer to the larger areas of the city in one of three ways:
- Downtown, Midtown, and most of the central, east-central, west-central neighborhoods are referred to by their names, as these are well known throughout the Atlanta metro area, and most contain regional "destinations", such as the Zoo in Grant Park, or the shops and restaurants in Virginia Highland (other examples include East Lake, East Atlanta, Ormewood, Bankhead, and Kirkwood, though they are not limited to these).
- Buckhead neighborhoods are referred to collectively as Buckhead – this covers the entire northern fifth of the city (north of I-75 and I-85)
- Other areas are generally referred to as part of either "Northwest", "Southwest", or "Southeast Atlanta". However, "East Atlanta" refers to a small neighborhood which is part of the 'W' group NPU and does not have the same connotation as the other directional descriptors.
Neighborhoods (by area)
The city lies in two counties in Georgia: primarily in Fulton, and partly in DeKalb to the east.
- Numbers to the right of the neighborhood indicate its position on the map above
- "n" is a link to the corresponding neighborhood association
- "h" indicates a link to the homepage of the corresponding historic district (if the neighborhood is one)
The term "intown" is more commonly used to refer to any neighborhoods within the central part of the city.
The West Side
Sometimes Bolton and Hills Park are also included (see below: Northwestern Atlanta)
- "Neighborhood Planning Units", City of Atlanta Online, retrieved June 20, 2010
- Midtown Alliance
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