Doraville, Georgia

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Doraville is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,862 at the 2000 census.

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History

Doraville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, approved December 15, 1871. From its inception until the 1940s, Doraville was a small agricultural community that served the interests of a larger surrounding farming area.

At the end of World War II, Doraville was on a main railroad line, and had a new water system available. General Motors selected Doraville as the site for its new assembly plant. The growth of Doraville exploded in the late 1940s and the 1950s as a result. In the late 1940s, plans for Guilford Village, Doraville’s first subdivision, were announced by Southern Builders and Engineering Company. The 112-home subdivision at Tilly Mill and Flowers Roads was to cover some 58 acres.

In 1950, Doraville’s population was 472. By 1964, the city’s population was 6,160 and land area was 1,722 acres. Part of the population growth during that period was due to the annexation of Northwoods in 1949 and Oakcliff in 1958.

By the 1980s Doraville, and neighboring Chamblee, became a magnet for immigrants relocating to the Atlanta area. The result is one of the largest Asian communities in the country. Many Latin American countries are also represented. 56% of residents speak a language other than English as a first language.

The Doraville MARTA Station was built in 1992, destroying the few buildings that remained of Doraville's downtown. The GM Plant closed in 2009, and the economy has stalled plans to turn the sit into a mixed-use town center. Nonetheless, Doraville is becoming an attractive destination due to its close proximity to Atlanta, its MARTA Station, the promise of a new town center.

Geography

Doraville is located at 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389 (33.905302, -84.273870)[3]. Doraville is east of Chamblee, south of Dunwoody, west of Norcross, and north of Tucker.

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