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Buckhead (Atlanta)

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The Buckhead skyline w/ midtown & downtown Atlanta in the background
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The Buckhead skyline

'Buckhead (sometimes Buckhead Village) is a community, comprised of several neighborhoods, forming roughly the northern one-fifth of Atlanta, Georgia. Buckhead was annexed by Atlanta in 1952, following an earlier attempt by mayor William B. Hartsfield in 1946 that was voted down by residents.

Buckhead is one of Atlanta's most important business districts, with nearly as many skyscrapers as downtown or Midtown, and includes Atlanta's wealthiest neighborhoods, with the Georgia Governor's Mansion and a part-time residence of Elton John. Buckhead is also an entertainment and shopping center, including Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza, and many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Local schools include Garden Hills Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Sarah Smith Elementary School, Sutton Middle School, and North Atlanta High School.

The main east-west street is West Paces Ferry Road, named for a former ferry across the Chattahoochee River. Hardy Pace, one of Atlanta's founders, operated the ferry and owned much of what is now Buckhead, and as far west as Vinings. The main north-south street is Peachtree Road, which extends south into the heart of the city as Peachtree Street. This name change is significant in that it defines a border between Buckhead and midtown. The area north of Buckhead, beyond the Atlanta city limit, is Sandy Springs.

The Buckhead village of Atlanta is of no relation to the town of Buckhead, Georgia, about 50 miles or 80km to the east-southeast.

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