A native Atlantan living Downtown with my family and loving it.
Keepin' it shlappy.
This is my favorite restaurant in the downtown area. I like EatTooMuch's comment that it has a “dinner in my parlor” feeling. I agree. It's like someone opened a small, quiet-but-informal restaurant in a wing of their house.
Everything I've had here is wonderful but a favorite is the garlicky shrimp -- we always have to order bread so we can soak up the delicious broth from the shrimp bowl.
I love the Hotel Row location. It's so cool that there's a great restaurant located in this spot that's rich in history but is otherwise, I'm sure, a fairly challenging area to operate a business like this.
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Thanks, Ira - I'll check out the new sidewalks next time I'm out that way.
"Intown residents would likely be shocked to know that the area is surprisingly walkable — even if the distance between most buildings demonstrates the definition of "suburban sprawl" — compared to other suburbs."
The only thing I'm surprised about is that you would define any part of the Cumberland Mall area as walkable. Can you expand on that? I'm familiar with the area and used to live in an apartment here. Unless some huge strides have been made in the past year, I find this claim hard to accept.
Also: you don't have to put double quotes around the phrase "suburban sprawl" as if it's just a claim made by some and it doesn't really exist. Suburban sprawl is an actual thing.
The idea of trams that carry people from Cumberland Mall and elsewhere is interesting. I guess that's where we got Tim Lee's: "let's say you go to Cumberland Mall and you're having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and you want to go to the game..."
Those had better be some damn comfortable trams if they're going to just sit in Cobb Parkway traffic with everybody else.
I'm jealous that Cobb's new stadium has a mixed-use project attached to it while Atlanta's new Falcons stadium just has a bunch of surface parking that will sit empty over 300 days out of the year. How did Cobb luck out of getting a huge new surface lot? I guess it's a football tailgating thing, but it sucks for nearby communities.
I have similar struggles being a hardcore urbanist and a Downtowner while also having roots in the subdivisions of Cobb where I grew up, and where my parents still live.
I liken the situation to how people of different faiths speak to each other respectfully about dogma. To me, car-sprawl developments are a moral issue on environmental grounds (I think it's a disrespectful use of land resources in a growing population). But I gotta go to Cobb and visit the folks and be able to live and let live while navigating the cul-de-sacs.
It helps that Cobb and other suburban counties are varied in their makeup. Though largely car-dependent sprawl, there are great nodes of walkable places with mixed uses, such as the various historic downtowns (Woodstock in Cherokee is particularly nice). You can't really say "suburb" and reliably describe a single built environment. And as someone else pointed out, Atlanta has some pretty sprawly single-use places in the city, particularly in the SW area.
As far as the culture goes, Cobb might still has a significant population of people still politically aligned with the old anti-gay days of yore, but there's long been a varied group there that contains many progressives and I think their numbers are on the rise. And you don't have to look far to find diversity, with Latino shops on Roswell Street and Brazilian restaurants and shops off Powers Ferry Road.
RE: "Put a casino in Underground. Don't fuck over Summerhill and Peoplestown any longer."
I respect (and share) your sentiment regarding protecting those neighborhoods. But I'll counter with: how about we don't f*** over Five Points any longer, either.
Summerhill & Peoplestown have certainly taken a much larger blow to livability than the Five Points/Underground area has, but neither of these areas deserves to be treated like red-headed stepchildren anymore via 1960s-urban-renewl type mega projects -- ones that focus on bringing in suburban & visitor traffic for entertainment while making every other use difficult.
You might mention to French officials that we thoroughly enjoyed the recent performance by the French group Bistaki at Five Points station, which happened downtown at night. Trouble free. I wonder what the Alliance Francaise, who cosponsored that event with Elevate, thinks of the warning.
I think "be aware in quiet areas" is perfectly reasonable advice for walking the streets of downtown or pretty much any place at night. But I don't think it's necessary to particularly single out downtown, which we've found to be fairly well policed in our three years of living here. I would recommend walking with awareness and vigilance in a lot of sections of Atlanta at night.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the dream of the 1950s is still alive in Marietta.
Enormous highways filled with robotic, autonomous cars carrying game-day crowds to massive parking lots served by shuttle buses -- it's like one of those futuristic visions of transportation from the 1950s come to life. They should go whole hog and make the new stadium a geodesic dome.
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