Scottdale is known historically as the location of the Scottdale Cotton Mill. The Scottdale Cotton Mill development included the mill and surrounding housing occupied by mill workers. The mill shut down in 1982. The commercial district of Scottdale is on East Ponce de Leon, which bisects the community from the southwest to the northeast. The DeKalb Farmers Market is located on this road, but it remains primarily known for autobody shops and industrial buildings. Most of the available housing is located north and south of Ponce de Leon.