Inman Park is the neighborhood of Joel Hurt’s dreams: beautiful homes filled with professionals who appreciate the charm of urban living in a bucolic setting. Almost all of the houses – both the mansions and the smaller dwellings – have been restored to their former glory, and the parks scattered throughout the neighborhood are well-maintained green spaces which pay homage to Hurt’s original designs. A strong neighborhood association – IPNA – continues to fight for the betterment of the neighborhood, mostly financed by a three-day annual festival that brings thousands to Inman Park for food, music, and a tour of the historic homes. Throughout the neighborhood, visitors can see a symbol, created by a neighborhood resident back in the earliest days of Inman Park’s restoration. This symbol – a yellow and black butterfly – captures Inman Park’s theme of rebirth, with two faces outlined in the butterfly’s body looking left and right to signify both the past and the future of Inman Park. The original Inman Park neighborhood, along with a few adjacent Victorian developments, are now part of the Inman Park Historic District, and the historic appearance of the district is regulated by the City of Atlanta.
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