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The City’s First Planned Suburb

by Chris Schroder

Atlanta developer Joel Hurt built many of the beautiful 19th-century Queen Anne homes that line Inman Park on land from Atlanta’s Civil War battlefield. He also installed a trolley from downtown to the city’s first planned suburb.

Hurt modeled the large lots, curving streets and open parks after other U.S. trolley neighborhoods. Lots in Inman Park, named after businessman Samuel M. Inman, went up for sale in 1889 and have since housed several famous Atlanta names, including Asa G. Candler, Ernest Woodruff and multiple former Georgia governors.

Today, the vibrant neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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