The Hottest Intown Neighborhood, and considered the “Comeback Kid of Atlanta”! Old Fourth Ward, often-abbreviated O4W, is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The neighborhood is best known as the location of the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site. However, the Old Fourth Ward has also garnered national attention as "a cradle of culinary and artistic innovation and as a symbol of gentrification. The area north of Freedom Parkway and east of Boulevard is one of the city's most up-and-coming areas. It is home to The Masquerade, a music venue hosting national acts, and Historic Fourth Ward Park, a product of the BeltLine. In the very northeast corner of this area is the 2.1 million sq. ft. former City Hall East, which a developer, Jamestown, plans to spend $180 million to convert into Ponce City Market, a complex of retail, restaurants, boutiques, offices and residential space, featuring a food hall of national importance along the lines of Jamestown's own Chelsea Market in New York. This area has also seen an influx of young professionals. When complete in Fall 2014, Ponce City Market will become the “The Chelsea Market of the South….on Steroids!” After decades of neglect, Edgewood Avenue, which connects the Old Fourth Ward to downtown and Inman Park, has become a bar and restaurant district, home to a number of Atlanta's most eclectic nightspots, including Corner Tavern, Noni's, Church, Circa and the Sound Table which was recognized as one of the 50 Best Bars in America by Food and Wine magazine. Bar and restaurant-owners are attracted to Edgewood's "non-corporate" feel, mostly due to its urban layout and historic buildings showcasing turn-of-the-century architecture.
One of the new attractions bringing people to Old Fourth Ward is Historic Fourth Ward Park. This beautiful park, opened in 2011, is accessible from The Beltline, and even features one of Atlanta's only intown skate parks. The park is a fun place to just lounge, and there's also a splash fountain for kids. The neighborhood is also home to the King Center, a free historical site honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Soon the new Atlanta Streetcar will open along Edgewood Avenue, connecting Downtown Atlanta to the King Historic District and Edgewood Avenue nightlife.
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