Reclaiming Grove Park
Named for Dr. Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate, this neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. A number of the streets in the neighborhood are named for Grove’s wife, children, and grandchildren, including the wide avenues (Evelyn Place, Gertrude Place, Matilda Place) in the heart of the community. The community design called for beautiful tree-lined streets with well-tended cottages, brick Tudor, and ranch-style homes.
During the latter part of the 20th century, Grove Park and the surrounding neighborhoods underwent significant change as many residents moved to new communities in the suburbs of the city. The subsequent years were difficult as businesses closed, properties were vacated, and criminal activity increased. Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, the main thoroughfare through the community, went from a hub of economic activity to a shell of its former self. The roadway was named for one of Georgia’s leading civil rights attorneys who fought for the integration of Atlanta city schools and the University of Georgia.
Despite decades of hardships, optimism is high in Grove Park today. Conditions have changed in recent years as intown living has gained renewed popularity, and the neighborhoods in Northwest Atlanta are experiencing resurgence in development and restoration. Grove Park and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway are particularly well situated for improved conditions and exciting new opportunities for area residents.
Grove Park Foundation, which grew out of the Emerald Corridor Foundation, is now undertaking a holistic community revitalization that promises to bring about a new era of prosperity for Grove Park. To achieve this kind of holistic work, Grove Park Foundation is partnering with Purpose Built Communities, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, KIPP of Metro Atlanta, the Fox Theatre Institute, True Colors Theater, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Fund, and many others.