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"Virginia-Highland, often referred to as "Va-Hi", is a section (or neighborhood, depending on how you view it) of Atlanta, Georgia that was founded in the early 20th century as a streetcar community. It is an extremely diserable neighborhood to live in and very affluent. Home prices start at $400,000-500,000 and range to more than $3 million. The locus and origin of the name is the commercial district at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues. It is bounded on the north by Morningside, east by the Druid Hills neighborhood, on the south by Poncey-Highland and on the west by Piedmont Park and Midtown.

Unlike other neighborhoods such as Inman Park or Grant Park, this neighborhood never really faltered during Atlanta's intown downturn in the 1960s. In the late 1960s a highway was proposed to connect what is now Freedom Parkway through the neighborhood to I-85, however, the project was ultimately defeated. Residents of Virginia-Highland along with those of Stone Mountain, Inman Park, and Morningside were instrumental in the fight against the road. They were successful and became a political force to be reckoned with in city politics. The current Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system is an outgrowth from the defeat of I-485. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum sits on the very hill that was to be the major interchange between the new bypass and another new highway that would have led to Stone Mountain. The remnants of both of these cleared rights-of-way made Freedom Park possible.

Today, this eclectic neighborhood is prosperous with many restaurants, bars, and shops, even hosting its own major festival, Summerfest, the first weekend of June each year." - Taken From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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