Neighborhoods and Districts of Atlanta: Mechanicsville
The neighborhood is bounded by:
- I-20 on the north, across which is Castleberry Hill and Downtown Atlanta
- the I-75/I-85 Downtown Connector on the east, across which are Summerhill and Peoplestown
- the Southern Railway lines on the southwest, across which is Pittsburgh
Mechanicsville is in NPU V.
Mechanicsville is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta. The neighborhood sprang up in the late 19th century, adjacent to several railroad lines just south of downtown. The name “Mechanicsville” comes from the “mechanics” that worked on the railway lines. It was once a vibrant multiethnic community with working class blacks and middle class whites, and home to several prominent merchant families, including the Rich family, of department store fame. Mechanicsville was established in 1870. The mural in the background displays this information from an artists work.
Its decline was caused by urban renewal, migration to the suburbs, and the construction of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium and the nearby interstate highways. The city of Atlanta has targeted the area for revitalization.
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System operates the Mechanicsville Branch
The primary neighborhood organization is the Mechanicsville Civic Association. This group works closely with SUMMECH, the local CDC, to develop and implement strategies for revitalization of the neighborhood.