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"The result is more than a neighborhood scrapbook. It represents, in many ways, the universal trajectory of America's urban communities. Riven first by the automobile, then by racial fears. Resettled by urban pioneers. Resuscitated by the preservation movement. Revalidated by new urbanism. Inman Park is a cautionary tale with a happy ending."
"At the Little Five Points Pharmacy within the colorful hippie district due east of downtown Atlanta, proprietor Ira Katz can't keep the new soft cover Inman Park in stock. 'I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw it in print' says Inman Park co-author Sharon Foster Jones, 'because I knew the images and stories would be safe and not lost in oblivion."
--Atlanta Style & Design Magazine
The story of Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb, is one closely tied with transportation ingenuity, trade, and the progressive determination of its citizens. Situated two miles east of downtown Atlanta, Inman Park was farmland when the Civil War ravaged its rolling hills. In the 1890s, Inman Park bloomed into Atlanta's first residential park, the location of choice for Atlanta's social elite. The growth of Atlanta, however, struck a blow to the development of this utopian suburb. By the mid-20th century, the suburb fell into dilapidation, abandoned by the prominent families of Atlanta. It was not until the 1970s that the neighborhood, like Atlanta itself, was raised from its ashes to become the celebrated example of Victorian restoration that it is today and was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The collection contains almost 200 images - many unseen since their original publication or since they were packed away in local residents' attics. In addition to following the lives of Inman Park's unknown residents, the book chronicles the lives of famous neighborhood residents such as real estate developer Joel Hurt, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, and philanthropic businessman Robert Woodruff.