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Historic Neighborhood at a Crossroads
Welcome to Adair Park! Nestled in Atlanta’s southwestern section of the city, you’ll find Adair Park at the crossroads of the Atlanta Beltline , MARTA , and the Peachtree Streetcar corridor . In addition to easy access to both current public transportation (MARTA) and future transit infrastructure projects, Adair Park also offers four pocket parks: Adair Park 1, the Brookline Street Triangle, Bonnie Brae Park, and Adair Park 2. Soon, the neighborhood will also enjoy one of the Beltline’s signature parks, Murphy’s Crossing, a.k.a. “Murphy’s Triangle.” The plans for this park were recently adopted along with the master plans for Adair Park in March of 2009.
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Named by one of Atlanta’s pioneering families, Adair Park’s neighborhood history has deep ties to the railroads, and has long played a large role in the area’s development.
Conveniences include its location within three miles of Downtown Atlanta, only five miles from the world’s busiest airport (Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport), about one mile west of Turner Field, one mile south of the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena, and proximity to major highways such as I-20, the Downtown Connector (75/85), and Highway 166.
Where are the boundaries of the Adair Park neighborhood?
Adair Park is roughly defined by Metropolitan Parkway to the east, the BeltLine trail to the south (where the back yards of homes on Lexington Avenue will connect with the Beltline and Murphy’s Crossing park and the front porches overlook Adair Park 1), the Norfolk Southern Railroad to the west, and 1-20 to the north.
Brief history of Adair Park
Adair Park was established by George Washington Adair in 1892. Its initial development served the middle class of that era. At the age of 22, Adair became a conductor on the Georgia Railroad. From that point, Adair began to build capital and by 1861, had enough funds to help found the Southern Confederacy, a local newspaper of the Civil War era. For the last two years of the Civil War, Adair was a colonel and aide-de-camp to his friend General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When the war ended, Adair opened a grocery business and then a real estate office. From a terminal in the West End development, which Adair named after a district in London, he established a line of mule-drawn “streetcars” to run the neighborhood that we know today as Midtown. It was from the latter experience that Adair came up with the idea of developing residences along streetcar lines.
How does the BeltLine connect with Adair Park?
The BeltLine enters Adair Park from the south where it crosses over Metropolitan Avenue between University and Dill Avenues (you can drive under the BeltLine bridge at Metropolitan). It runs up to Allene Street where it crosses the street at grade where Allene Avenue intersects with Catherine Street (by Adair Park 1). The path then continues between the old state farmers’ market and the 800 block of Brookline St, under Murphy Avenue and Lee Street and the railroad tracks via a large bridge, and into the Oakland City & West End neighborhoods parallel to Donnelly Avenue and White Street. If you’re standing on Murphy Avenue, you can look over the bridge into the BeltLine corridor – a hidden part of the city you may have never paid attention to until now!
What schools are in Adair Park?
The local Atlanta Public Schools (APS) for high school students are The New Schools of Carver High and Washington High School. Area charter schools include KIPP-Ways & KIPP-Strives, as well as the Kindezi School opening in fall of 2010. The closest private schools would be Woodward Academy and Paideia.
How can you get involved in your Adair Park community?
1. Check out the official Historic Adair Park website !
2. Attend a meeting of the Adair Park Today Neighborhood Association on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the accessory building behind the Stewart Avenue Methodist Church at 867 Metropolitan Parkway at the intersection with Lillian Avenue. Membership is $12 a year.
3. Join the Adair Park Google Group and share information with your neighbors!
4. Join a BeltLine Study Group! Adair Park is part of the subarea 2 of the BeltLine and everyone is welcome to come out for BeltLine study groups!
In addition, Derrick Duckworth of The BeltLine Team served as a past President for the Adair Park Today Neighborhood Association in 2008, helped create the Adair Park Community logo and website. Membership also quadrupled that year! Derrick is not only your Adair Park neighbor, he’s also your resident expert!