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Feeling at Home on the Southside

by Jan Schroder

Three years after taking the BeltLine Bus Tour, I woke up one Saturday last summer and had a notion to explore a Southside neighborhood the guide said was developed by the same man who developed Virginia-Highland and Morningside in the 1930s.

Having lived there for 13 years – and starting the newspaper now known as Atlanta Intown there – I was intrigued.

I wandered the curving streets of Capitol View Manor, instantly feeling at home. 1930s brick bungalows atop hills overlooking wide streets nestled next to what will be the final planned segment of the 22-mile BeltLine. More next week!

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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Sandy Kicklighter July 21, 2016 - 9:41 pm

I grew u in this wonderful neighborhood… Oh, the memories!!!

Anne Chance July 22, 2016 - 2:24 am

to say that CVM was developed by the same developer as morningside is really a broad stroke that doesn’t really describe how CVM was developed. There were a variety of developers and real estate firms involved and it developed in layers over the course of about 30 years for most of the neighborhood. In addition, many of the homes were originally duplexes and advertised with the benefit of generating incomes for the main homeowner. It would be interesting to rehabilitate these to serve their original purpose. At any rate if you would like more information about the development of CVM, I would be happy to help you.

Chris Schroder July 22, 2016 - 4:27 am

I’m fascinated by the development of this neighborhood and Capitol View as well as Morningside and Virginia-Highland. I would love to know more. What I can find on the Internet and in what few historical records I can find align with what I know and have observed since doing a deep dive in the 1990s in VH and Morningside when I lived there and started a neighborhood newspaper there. CVM is similar to the rolling hills and wide boulevards of Morningside and CV is grid-like with homes closer together much like VH. Of course, many developers had a hand in all four neighborhoods and their plans were slowed by the Depression, leaving infill to others that followed. But please, whatever you have, I’d love to see and to help fill in the historical record in whatever way we can.

John July 22, 2016 - 4:31 am

I live i CVm and this actually Describes Our neighborhood perfecTly. Also, i live in the developers old house. Most, if not all, houses down my two streets are not duplexes. Most of my neighbors have owned their homes for generations.


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