Peoplestown
A south Atlanta neighborhood with a variety of homes built for every income level

Peoplestown is a Victorian era streetcar community just south of Turner Field.  It was diverse in both its housing styles and sizes, containing residences for affluent, middle class and low income residents. The lower income areas have seen a lot of new construction in recent years, but two areas have maintained historical status. These streets contain some of the larger houses as well as more modest one-story bungalows with housing styles including Craftsman, Queen Anne and Folk Victorian.

A huge amenity in Peoplestown is the Atlanta BeltLine park - D. H. Stanton Park. This park has undergone a complete renovation thanks to the BeltLine and the Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation. The park is situated on the Atlanta BeltLine at the neighborhood’s southern border.

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Where are the boundaries of the Peoplestown neighborhood?

Peoplestown is bordered by Ormond Street to the north, Hill Street to the east, the Atlanta BeltLine railroad tracks to the south, and highways 75 / 85 to the west. The Peoplestown historic districts are made of up the streets that have kept their original identity, which include Atlanta Avenue, between Fraser and Hill Streets, and Haygood Avenue, between Martin and Crew Streets.

Peoplestown is a part of NPU-V and council district 1.

Brief history of Peoplestown in southwest Atlanta

Peoplestown began development in the 1880’s as a wealthy suburb of Atlanta and is named for the Peoples family, who owned 66 lands parcels in the area. Victorian and Queen Anne homes faced tree-lined, paved streets with trolleys that would carry residents to their downtown Atlanta jobs. Servants quarters were tucked back on the lots and had their own, unpaved, access from the rear. While Peoplestown boasted a wide range of income levels, there were still segregated black neighborhoods with smaller lots and houses as well as unpaved roads. In the 1930’s, these neighborhoods finally received utilities.

Gradually, white residents started to move north of the city and the fabric of Peoplestown became predominately Jewish and black. Peoplestown started to fall into decline in the 1960’s, but neighbors who have lived in the area all of their lives are working to reverse that trend. The Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation has created a neighborhood watch program and safety programs that strive to bring it back to a thriving intown Atlanta community.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine connect with Peoplestown?

The Atlanta BeltLine forms the southern end of the neighborhood, where the railroad tracks cross under highway 75 / 85 at Capitol Avenue and run east to Hill Street

What schools are in Peoplestown?

Peoplestown is home to D. H. Stanton Elementary School whose kids will go on to attend Parks Middle School followed by Carver High School. Nearby Parkside Elementary feeds into Martin Luther King Middle School which feeds into Maynard Jackson High School.

How can you get involved in your Peoplestown community?
If you live in Peoplestown or are thinking of buying a home in Peoplestown, here are a few ways to get involved:
  • Attend NPU-V meetings, which are the second Monday of every month. The location varies, so you can email Travie Leslie, the zoning contact, for more details. His email address is rublen9 (at) yahoo.com. You can also follow NPU-V on twitter! 
  • Peoplestown Neighborhood Association: email Rainey Bice, president, at rainbice (at) gmail.com
  • Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation: email Columbus Ward, president, at Columbus (at) peoplestown.com
Friends of Peoplestown Parks: email William Teaslet, president, at William.teasley (at) gmail.com

* Thanks to Brandy Morrison for lending her historical research!