Strangely immune to the bulldozers and sterile apartment complexes that pockmark the rest of Atlanta, CABBAGETOWN
is thus remarkable for what it retains: history. The shotgun and cottage frame houses lining these 17 blocks just east of Oakland Cemetery, on the south side of the train tracks, were originally built as housing for the cotton mill (built in 1881), attracting a white Appalachian enclave looking for jobs in the Reconstruction South. Today, the mill itself has been renovated as the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, one of the largest loft communities in the country. Meanwhile, the renovated homes are seeing new life but are holding on to their unadorned designs and postage stamp front yards. Known as the place quirky local celebrities once called home, such as the deceased duo of artist Panorama Ray and musician Benjamin Smoke, the area continues to attract those bohos looking for affordable housing and a funky lifestyle.
Located between Boulevard, the CSX rail line, Memorial Drive and Pearl Street. www.lofts-atlanta.com/fcm/fcmloft.shtml.