Virginia-Highland, Georgia

Virginia-Highland is a neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, founded in the early 20th century as a streetcar suburb. It is named after the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, the heart of a busy commercial district at the center of the neighborhood.

Atlanta Fire Station 19


Virginia Highlands Summerfest:
By Tim from Atlanta, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Atlanta Fire Station 19:
By Keizers (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History & Trivia

  1. The neighborhood is famous for its bungalows and other historic houses from the 1910s to the 1930s.
  2. Around Atlanta, “Virginia-Highland”, “Virginia Highlands” and “the Highlands” are all commonly heard. However, only “Virginia-Highland” is the official name of the neighborhood. The other terms are included in some business names, but are incorrect.
  3. In 2011 readers of Creative Loafing voted Virginia-Highland “Best Overall Neighborhood,” and Atlanta Magazine designated Virginia Highland “favorite neighborhood overall”.
  4. The term VaHi, imitating the New York style of naming neighborhoods (SoHo, TriBeCa), first was used in the Atlanta newspapers in 1998. It is now in common use as a shortened, playful form or in URLs of neighborhood media and organizations (examples are and


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