For the past couple of years, some of the most impassioned nominations for the annual Curbed Cup tournament have come from the neighbors, workers, and general admirers of Historic College Park, a transit-connected ITP city just south of downtown.
As this installment of Visual Journeys aims to illustrate, it’s easy to see what all the prideful fuss is about.
College Park has climbed into the hallowed Neighborhood of the Year tourney’s Finals and Final Four the past two years, respectively, which is indicative of its momentum as a developing and relatively affordable—if still somewhat unsung—urban destination.
Feathers in College Park’s cap include the country’s largest independent school (Woodward Academy), the fourth largest urban historic district in Georgia (867 structures), and multiple mentions in OutKast lyrics.
Last year, German automaker BMW announced plans to launch a Technical Training Center in College Park, while the Atlanta Hawks solidified plans to operate a “G League” team in a new College Park facility. The Pad on Harvard—the city’s first new apartment community since 1969—came into its own, as new attractions such as Radial Cafe’s second location opened in the historic retail strip.
One nominator named Jean put it like this:
Historic College Park is the best. We are a National Historic District with ... a diverse population of welcoming people minutes away from a world-class airport with direct flights to almost everywhere in the world, while enjoying all the benefits of a friendly small town whose residents care about each other.
Let’s have a look around, shall we ...