Midtown Atlanta is the second largest business district in Atlanta. Yet this neighborhood is more than just business, home to students and a vibrant culture in its own right. The district has been defined by the City of Atlanta to include the business district on Peachtree Street, plus the Historic Midtown, the residential area that is east of Piedmont and the area south of Piedmont Park. However, the Midtown Alliance also includes the neighborhoods of Sherwood Forest, Ansley Park, Atlantic Station, Loring Heights and Home Park as part of midtown.
This area struggled to find its own identity through the years. During the 1970s and 1980s, the district underwent its own revival that turned it into one of the hottest neighborhoods in Atlanta.
Tapping into history of Atlanta
Midtown Atlanta has had a variety of uses over the years. During the 1920s, it was a shopping destination. However, the 1960s saw it transform into center of hippie culture. Throughout the following decades, various plans were put into place to create a neighborhood that would welcome work, live and play options.
As a result, Midtown has come to embrace residential, as well as shopping, cultural venues and universities. The overall feel of the district has gone from cold to inviting and vibrant. Where before there were simply large business buildings and parking lots, today there are restaurants, shopping, specialty shops and of course, people. With townhomes and condos, the area comfortably houses its residents with plenty of amenities.
The Culture of Midtown
Midtown is known as the Heart of the Arts. This neighborhood is home to the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet to name a few. The High Museum of Art has collaborated with other art museums to house amazing temporary art collections, including those from the Louvre and the Met. Intrigued by design? Then you will love that the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is housed in Midtown. The campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design is located in several historic buildings throughout the neighborhood.
With so many arts and entertainment venues, this area of Atlanta truly appeals to those who love the arts, including music and theater. Students provide their own unique stamp on this community, with John Marshall Law School and Georgia Institute of Technology calling Midtown home.
Piedmont Park: Home of the Festival
Piedmont Park is the Central Park of midtown. Known for the various cultural festivals in Atlanta, it is also a source of fun outdoor space for its residents. No matter what you prefer, Piedmont Park has the festival to match. There is the Peachtree Road Race, an annual event held on Independence Day. The Atlanta Arts Festival brings artists from around the country to Atlanta. The largest multicultural festival, Festival Peachtree Latino, is also held here and celebrates the culture, arts and foods of the Hispanic-American culture. From music to gay pride, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park opens its venues to everyone.
Commercial District: Back to Business
Midtown is also home to several different businesses with legal, financial and political areas of interest. For example, the diplomatic missions of the Consulate-General of Canada, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, which represents the Republic of China. Other laws firms and banking institutions also have made Midtown their base of operations. With its own commercial center, Midtown Atlanta is truly a place to work, play and live.