Old Fourth Ward is a neighborhood on east side of Atlanta, best known as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., nestled between Midtown and Downtown. Boulevard is the main street running through the heart of the community. The Ward is encapsulated by Ponce de Leon Avenue (North), Piedmont Avenue (West), Freedom Parkway (South), and the Beltline (East). The neighborhoods of Grant Park and Cabbagetown are found to the south.
The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 paved the way for construction of the now historic brick buildings. The abandoned warehouses of Old Fourth Ward are being converted to lofts and condominiums, while developers preserve the neighborhood’s heritage and culture. This is one of the city’s most desirable up-and-coming areas, due to its proximity to the Downtown and Midtown Business Districts.
The revitalization has brought dozens of major redevelopment initiatives to the area. Projects such as the Glen Iris Lofts, Tribute Lofts, and the Telephone Factory Lofts highlight the increased interest in the neighborhood. The centerpiece of Old Fourth Ward is the conversion of City Hall East into the mixed use development Ponce City Market. Originally constructed in 1926 as the Sears, Roebuck & Company regional headquarters, the internationally renowned developer Jamestown spent $180 million to renovate the 2.1 million square foot (over 16 acres) building. Modeled after Chelsea Market in New York City, this development has become a hotspot for eating, shopping, working, and living in the Old Fourth Ward.
The BeltLine project transformed railroad tracks that encircle the city into a multi-use trail around Atlanta. The popular Eastside Trail beginning at Piedmont Park, goes past Ponce City Market and Old Fourth Ward. The BeltLine has become the perfect weekend hangout, with new restaurants and bars sprouting along the path, walking past numerous sculptures and art installations. The project seeks to revitalize green space across the city, such as Historic Fourth Ward Park. The 17 acre park includes a lake, amphitheater, athletic field, playgrounds, and a world-class skate park. Several developments now border the park such as Camden Fourth Ward, AMLI Ponce Park, and 755 North.
Old Fourth Ward knows how to serve up Sunday brunch, a staple of Atlanta culture. Neighborhood cafes such as Parish and Highland Bakery satisfy caffeine cravings, while grabbing a pastry for that sweet tooth. Looking for international flair? Head to Barcelona, a Spanish tapas restaurant. Across the street is BeetleCat, Ford Fry’s seafood restaurant. The best fried chicken is found at Home Grown, but don’t take our word for it, ask the numerous celebrities that have visited this humble joint. When the sun sets Edgewood Avenue becomes the stomping grounds of the young and hip. Perhaps the best example is Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (shortened to Church), where patrons can play table tennis while wearing choir robes. Mother is another popular bar for craft beers, and Joystick offers a variety of classic arcade games to reminisce about childhood fun.
For those that are health conscious, Sweet Auburn Curb Market is where locals go to purchase fresh organic food. When the weather is fair, the Freedom Farmers Market can be found at the Jimmy Carter Library on Saturdays. Pick up fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and homemade pasta from local farmers around Georgia.
Atlanta is a city of festivals, and Old Fourth Ward is no exception. The largest include the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest, and One Musicfest. Missed these events, no problem, expect to see many smaller festivals during the popular summer months.
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