Virginia-Highland (30306) is a close in neighborhood of Atlanta developed in the early 1900s, spurred by construction of a streetcar line in 1890. It was named for two of its defining streets, Virginia Avenue and Highland Avenue. This intersection has the feel of a small town in the big city, which creates much of the charm of the area. The neighborhood consists of four distinct commercial villages connected by streets lined with bungalow homes. Most of the homes were built by the 1930s. During the 1960s, it suffered decline like many inner city neighborhoods. In the 1970s, it too was threatened by the proposed construction of an interstate highway, I-485. The revolt against this destructive road spurred the neighborhood to organize in a very intentional way, creating a strong sense of community. The victory of the anti-highway forces bonded together a large area, which now calls itself Virginia-Highland.
With the return of popularity of intown neighborhoods in the 1990s, Virginia-Highland became a trendy place for younger professionals. This in turn has created an exciting mix of charming sidewalk cafes and night spots serving the area residents and tourists. The once modest bungalows have been upgraded to be eclectic show place homes. Creative Loafing voted Virginia-Highland Atlanta’s “Best Overall Neighborhood” in 2011. It was also voted the Best Walkable Neighborhood in 2012. A few residents use a shorthand name (not in the tax records), the Highlands, or Virginia-Highlands, to refer to this area.
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