THE RICH HISTORY OF PEOPLESTOWN
In 1885, the Atlanta Electric Railway built a line along Capitol Avenue, and construction of housing began in what is now Peoplestown. The neighborhood is named for the Peoples family, who owned land there. The neighborhood developed white, integrated, and black sections. The white sections were mostly on the west of Peoplestown, and the all-black sections mostly on the east side. In addition, many black residents lived in detached units at the back of white lots.
One of Atlanta's most fashionable residential streets in the 1890s was Washington Street, running from the state capitol through the Washington-Rawson district to what is now Peoplestown. Newspaper ads in the 1890s promoted "Washington Heights" along Washington south of Ormond, now part of Peoplestown.
In the 1930s, the black areas started to receive utilities. In the 1920s and 1930s, the area became less attractive to affluent whites who could afford automobiles, which allowed them to live in the more desirable northside neighborhoods and still commute to their downtown jobs, though the 1960 census still showed a neighborhood that was about half white and half black.
In the 1990s, revitalization efforts coalesced into the Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation which has set up a neighborhood watch program and other safety programs. A redevelopment plan for Peoplestown was drawn up in 1996.
Join us for our monthly neighborhood meetings:
Peoplestown Neighborhood General Meeting:
3rd Wednesdays at 7:00pm
at Barrack Obama Academy
970 Martin Street, S.E.,
Atlanta, GA 30315
Peoplestown Neighborhood Association
2nd Saturday, 10:00 am.
Four Corners Park - Rick McDevitt Youth Center
1040 Crew St SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
GET TO KNOW OUR PARTNERS:
Working with us to improve the quality of life for residents of our community is
Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation
Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown.
President, Chris Lemons
Treasurer, Dan Decriscio.
neighborhood plans & attributes
view the Peoplestown Community Redevelopment Plan