Map of Atlanta Hoods
A breakdown of the Atlanta hoods, from the West Side’s Bankhead, to the South Side’s Cleveland Ave., to the East Side’s Decatur, view the number of sections in the Atlanta hoods across Georgia’s largest metropolitan area. A breakdown of Atlanta, zone by zone and side by side, showing the old housing projects, and somewhat an insight into some of the Atlanta gangs and urban areas.
Map Key: Red = Southwest Atlanta / Zone 4 | Black = West Side / Zone 1 | Blue = South Side / Zone 3 | Green = East Side | Gold = Old Demolished Housing Projects
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Divided into zones Zone 1 through Zone 6, with sections outside the city in both DeKalb County and Clayton County, the above map breaks down the Atlanta hoods, some home to Atlanta gangs, but mostly showcasing each neighborhoods background.
Beginning with Zone 1, a well known section of Atlanta expanding from the legendary Bankhead, a long stretch of various Atlanta hoods like Center Hill, Bowen Homes, Bankhead Courts, and more, to the sections along Simpson Road and MLK, all representing the West Side.
Even though Bankhead and West Side is well known, it is undisputedly what the reputation of Southwest Atlanta, also known as the SWAT, had on the city. Located in both Zone 3 and Zone 4, Southwest Atlanta has always been one of the largest and most notorious sections of the city.
While Zone 4 is mostly located in the streets of the Southwest Atlanta hoods, areas like Ben Hill, Campbellton, and Cascade Road, Zone 3 expands across the entire South Side, with hoods like Mechanicsville, Pittsburg, Cleveland Ave. and Summerhill, at times being the middle ground of the city.
The smallest of the zones is Zone 6, which is officially the Edgewood, Kirkwood and East Atlanta neighborhoods. The full East Side, which is DeKalb County, expands from Moreland to Wesley Chapel Road, which can probably be considered as the largest section of Atlanta.
While there are a number of hoods throughout Atlanta none played more of a role to the day to day life of the streets than the city’s former housing projects. From the West Side’s Bowen Homes, to the South Side’s Jonesboro South, to the East Side’s East Lake, the streets of Atlanta were centered around the once 30 plus housing projects, at least until they were all demolished.
With Atlanta growing, as seen in DeKalb County, the hoods of Atlanta have been expanding outside of the city into places that were once labeled as suburbs and former white communities, like the North Side and the South Side’s Clayton County.
There are Atlanta gangs, like Bloods and Crips, throughout the city, but Atlanta is currently more clique and crew based. Certain hoods are home to specific cliques, but neighborhood affiliations often change.