The Poncey-Highland community is made up largely of one to 1.5 story brick, Craftsman bungalows with two-story homes intermingled. These ornate homes tend to have small front lawns that are well-landscaped and bounded by side drives along one edge. In addition to homes, there are several historic condo and apartment buildings in Poncey-Highland. Amenities to look for include the Plaza Theater, Majestic Diner, Manuel’s Tavern, and the Highland Inn. For active bikers, runners, and walkers, there is the Freedom Park Trail that runs from downtown Atlanta out to Stone Mountain.

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Where are the boundaries of the Poncey-Highland neighborhood?

The historically intact portions of the neighborhood make up the Poncey-Highland Historic District. This includes Ponce de Leon Avenue to the north, Moreland Avenue to the east, Freedom Parkway and Ralph McGill to the south (just above the Carter Center Library), and the Atlanta BeltLine to the west (the old Norfolk Southern rail line near Somerset Terrace).

Brief history of Poncey-Highland

Poncey-Highland’s history dates back to the early 1900’s and grew up around the advent of trolley lines and cars. Of significance are the high-quality middle-class homes indicative of the middle-to-upper class sect at the time. The Art Deco style Briarcliff Plaza, home to Plaza Theater, was Atlanta’s first “mall” with off-street parking – a result of the era of the automobile.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine connect with Poncey-Highland?

The Atlanta BeltLine forms Poncey-Highland’s western border. The old Norfolk Southern railroad divided Poncey-Highland from Old Fourth Ward, but luckily the BeltLine will be bringing the two neighborhoods back together again with trails, transit, and the Historic Fourth Ward Park running between the two. You can easily access the BeltLine from the intersection of Somerset Terrace and Angier Springs (where Angier Springs dead-ends into the corridor). In fact, this is where outdoor concerts on the BeltLine take place in connection with Art on the BeltLine.

What schools are in Poncey-Highland?

Poncey-Highland falls within the Atlanta Public Schools district and children attend Springdale Park Elementary School, Inman Middle School, and Grady High School.

How can you get involved in your Poncey-Highland community?

Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association is your source for local information and can be found online at www.PonceyHighland.com. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Druid Hills Baptist Church at the corner of North Highland and Ponce de Leon. Enter on N. Highland side.

You can also check out the Yahoo group phparents and another Yahoo group for the Copenhill Lofts.

* Thanks to Brandy Morrison for lending her historical research!


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