Located two miles east of downtown, Historic Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned community and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was concieved and developed in the 1880s by entrepreneur Joel Hurt, who believed people should live in a country-like atmosphere convenient to the central business district. To achieve this goal, he insisted on large lots, curving streets and open park areas throughout the neighborhood. There are now over 300 homes in various stages of restoration or renovation in Inman Park. Each year Inman Park welcomes its neighbors everywhere to the Spring Festival and Tour of Homes, a two day celebration of parades, entertainment, dancing and open houses. A mammoth undertaking for this small community, the event annually draws thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. Inman Park takes pride in its characterization as a “Small-Town Downtown,” combining the desirable elements of small town living with a dedication to the growth of the inner city.