Just east of Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown has a similar reputation as a magnet for artisans. But long before its affordable bungalows made it popular, the neighborhood had established itself as one of the first African-American communities in Atlanta. After the Civil War, the railroad and a sawmill drew workers, many of whom had been slaves. The influx expanded the residential district, and in the 1880s, the streetcar line was extended into Reynoldstown, creating an easy commute to downtown. Today, residents who live in refurbished cottages or new apartments and condos use the BeltLine for the same purpose.
Neighborhood eateries along Memorial Drive include Home Grown, a popular breakfast and brunch spot that serves produce from its urban garden. ParkGrounds serves up Counter Culture coffees and water for furry, four-footed guests as well. Area artists as well as art-lovers flock to WonderRoot, a community arts center that houses a recording studio, ceramics workshop, dark room, performance venue and library.