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“New Urbanism” in Ansley Park

by Chris Schroder

110 years ago, Edwin P. Ansley began developing a neighborhood that has since been home to decades of Georgia governors, Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy and the founders of Piedmont Hospital and the Atlanta Ballet. His “new urbanism” goal sought to unite work with play in a walkable community.

Ansley purchased the 200-acre tract between Peachtree, Piedmont and 14th Street during the estate auction following the death of resident George Washington Collier, whose house still stands there.

After he created an advertisement calling Ansley Park the “most attractive, desired residence section in all Atlanta,” young couples began quickly buying up lots.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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