In early 2014 the Decatur City Commission voted to annex 77 parcels in unincorporated DeKalb County. The Parkwood neighborhood was among the last residential subdivisions developed in historic Druid Hills. A portion of Parkwood had been annexed in 1909 by the Town of Oakhurst. Less than a decade later (1915), the Oakhurst portion of Parkwood became Decatur’s westernmost neighborhood when Decatur annexed Oakhurst.
The portion of Parkwood previously in DeKalb County is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Druid Hills Historic District. Druid Hills also is a locally designated DeKalb County historic district regulated by the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission.
When Decatur annexed Parkwood’s remaining properties, the neighborhood lost its protection against teardowns. Parkwood residents urged Decatur’s appointed and elected officials to provide protection against the city’s teardown and mansionization plague and in July 2014, the City’s first official legislative and regulatory action involving Parkwood was the creation of a Parkwood local historic district — a limited district that only embraced the newly annexed properties.
Was the rush to designate Parkwood historic necessary? The residents thought so. As soon as local builders and realtors got wind that Parkwood was headed towards annexation, Decatur’s teardown mania spread to the neighborhood: