Prior to 1922, when residents voted to annex the city into the city of Atlanta, Kirkwood had its own mayor, city council, and public services. From there the neighborhood saw the cycle of urban development and decline. Then in the 1980's people began to see the value in revitalizing the neighborhood and the rest is history. Situated between the neighborhoods of Edgewood and Oakhurst, Kirkwood is home to many amazing homes, both old and new. With the influx of redevelopment came the growth of the quaint retail district from a handful of businesses to an assortment of boutiques and eateries promoted by the Kirkwood Business Owners' Association. Whether a charming renovated bungalow or a community of newer construction such as Hawthorne Park, Kirkwood has proven to be a neighborhood of choice for many. Keeping homeowner's informed and well represented is the Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization (KNO).