Edgewood was originally its own town, prior to the city's 1909 annexation across the county line from Fulton into DeKalb. Edgewood was developed during Atlanta’s Reconstruction-era economic boom that lasted from 1870 to 1910. With the extraordinary growth of Atlanta’s population during this time, and the development of an extensive core downtown business district, many forward-looking business and municipal leaders began to see the need for separate areas of recreation and residential development for the ever-increasing numbers of those who worked downtown. However, unlike other east side neighborhoods, Edgewood was geared primarily towards blue-collar workers. As such, the Victorian architecture common in Kirkwood and Candler Park is noticeably absent in Edgewood, the neighborhood's housing stock being composed primarily of craftsman bungalows. Edgewood sports a multitude of businesses, shops, and services within its new Retail District that make living in this neighborhood very comfortable and convenient. Edgewood is conveniently located within 8 miles of I-285 and 1 mile of I-20. Hosea L Williams Drive (one of the main roads in the neighborhood), connects Moreland Avenue and Candler Road. According to residents, one of the top advantages to living in this great neighborhood is quick access to Atlanta or Decatur, and very little traffic within the neighborhood streets.
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