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Old 02-28-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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Has Buckhead always been home to Atlanta's wealthy population??
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Roswell, GA
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Has Buckhead always been home to Atlanta's wealthy population??
Always? No, early on in the city's history the wealthy lived close in to what's now downtown, as did everyone else. As the city grew and transportation improved, some of its wealthier residents moved east of downtown to what's now the Inman Park neighborhood, along the first trolley line, and slightly later north along Peachtree Street to the Ansley Park area, and soon afterward also expanded out to the Druid Hills neighborhood (along either side of Ponce de Leon Avenue, and north from there along Springdale, Oakdale, Lullwater, Oxford, and Clifton Roads). The Brookhaven Country Club area to the north and east of Buckhead proper was also developed in the early 20th century as an area of large, palatial houses on large plots of land.

Buckhead was originally rural, then became an area of country estates for the wealthy, and as the city became increasing more densely developed, it also developed into an area of large mansions on huge lots, with commercial development along Peachtree Road. By the 1920s, the general nature of the area was essentially established, though the commerical areas have continued to grow and develop. So while it hasn't "always" been the place where the rich live in Atlanta, its character has been essentially the same since it began to be developed into a residential area.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Pretty much. The area was first developed as "gentleman farms" of around 100+ acres; wealthy Atlantans used these homes as their country retreats (This would have been far out of town at the time). As the city grew, the wealthy began to build their primary residences north of the city up the Peachtree corridor, and neighborhoods began to develop off of Peachtree. In the 40's, Buckhead really began to take off as a neighborhood for the wealthy; the 'farms' were subdivided into smaller lots.

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Old 02-28-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Always? No, early on in the city's history the wealthy lived close in to what's now downtown, as did everyone else. As the city grew and transportation improved, some of its wealthier residents moved east of downtown to what's now the Inman Park neighborhood, along the first trolley line, and slightly later north along Peachtree Street to the Ansley Park area, and soon afterward also expanded out to the Druid Hills neighborhood (along either side of Ponce de Leon Avenue, and north from there along Springdale, Oakdale, Lullwater, Oxford, and Clifton Roads). The Brookhaven Country Club area to the north and east of Buckhead proper was also developed in the early 20th century as an area of large, palatial houses on large plots of land.

Buckhead was originally rural, then became an area of country estates for the wealthy, and as the city became increasing more densely developed, it also developed into an area of large mansions on huge lots, with commercial development along Peachtree Road. By the 1920s, the general nature of the area was essentially established, though the commerical areas have continued to grow and develop. So while it hasn't "always" been the place where the rich live in Atlanta, its character has been essentially the same since it began to be developed into a residential area.
Looks like we were posting at the same time, r. At least we didn't contradict each other.
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