Best areas in Atlanta to live and work?

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    May 09, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    Have job offers in the Atlanta area in my line of work and was hoping you guys have some advice. Not so sure about downtown Atlanta but the surrounding areas seem ok. Also hope to bike to work some. I see there is a nice Greenway and other routes! I have visited Atlanta couple times and took my bike and did the group rides and seemed to be pretty bike friendly
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    May 10, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    Atlanta's still on the bike-hostile side (as far as interaction in-street with traffic), but if you're working downtown and like biking, try to find a spot close to Freedom Parkway. Usually that's the Poncey-Highland, Virginia-Highland, Candler Park and Little Five Points areas, all very diverse and friendly neighborhoods in northeast Atlanta.
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    May 10, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    Agreed. VA Highlands, Inman Park, and Fourth Ward areas are great places to live and not as bike hostile. Not as bike friendly, but the Howell Mill area is a nice place to live too.

    Don't live downtown, it's scary at night. Midtown is where all the gay bars are, and much nicer/safer.
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    May 10, 2013 10:56 AM GMT
    Thanks. I was also thinking of Marietta, Alpharetta, or Kennesaw. Would these be a better option? Better bike/car commute and lower crime?
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    May 10, 2013 2:17 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidThanks. I was also thinking of Marietta, Alpharetta, or Kennesaw. Would these be a better option? Better bike/car commute and lower crime?


    The only worthwhile benefit in those suburbs is lower crime as one would expect of most suburban locales relative to the center city.

    Consider those locations only if your workplace is also in a nearby suburban area (Sandy Springs/Northpoint/Off GA 400 for Alpharetta; Galleria/Cumberland for Marietta; Town Center area for Kennesaw)

    If you're looking at bike-friendly suburban living, consider Smyrna (Cobb County), specifically any places near the Silver Comet Trail (good for recreation, not so much for commuting downtown to Atlanta). Also the CITY of Decatur (make sure it's in city bounds and not the unincorporated DeKalb area unless your work is at Emory/CDC), as there are some decent bike trails connecting to downtown.

    Check out PATH, Inc. for maps of bike trails in the region.

    http://pathfoundation.org/trails/
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    May 10, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Ok. If I live in Midtown and work on Piedmont near Lowes I think might be ok. What do you think?
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    May 10, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidThanks. I was also thinking of Marietta, Alpharetta, or Kennesaw. Would these be a better option? Better bike/car commute and lower crime?

    You do not want to live out there and ever plan on getting on a bike. Live intown and you will have a much less complicated life.
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    May 10, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    No I was talking about living and working in those areas.
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    May 10, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidOk. If I live in Midtown and work on Piedmont near Lowes I think might be ok. What do you think?


    Did you mean the Home Depot on Piedmont? If so, you'd be fine, although I'd recommend biking to the MARTA Station then going to Lindbergh Station. That stretch of Piedmont (north of Ansley Mall) can still be a bear to bike on (hills, curbside debris, bananas rush hour traffic).

    If you meant the Lowe's on Moreland Ave, then that's cool, as the neighborhood streets can get you there with little problems. Just have a good place to secure your bike daily. Look at housing options in Candler Park, Inman Park, Edgewood (where the Lowe's is), LITTLE Five Points (not Five Points downtown), and East Atlanta Village.
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    May 10, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    Commuting from Marietta or Alpharetta or Kennesaw to atl for work --- have fun with the horrible rush hour traffic. Look up the Path route as other suggested. I still don't trust atl drivers towards cyclists.

    Smyrna is close to silver comet tail and its close to atl. Have you checkout Vinings?

    My west midtown neighborhood has many cyclists ... All riding to the comet...

    Good luck.
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    May 10, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    Ok thanks guys. I am pretty much set on Midwown from all the replies and mailI have gotten
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    May 10, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    You will love midtown. Little 5 points n 4th ward ...Inman park area is artsy charming. Stick to midtown if you plan to use MARTA often.
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    May 10, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    You might consider the downtown Decatur area too. Its considered intown and not far from Va. Highlands. There are several bike paths in the area and I see many biking groups going through Downtown Decatur area often.
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    May 10, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    Look it up as "Old 4th Ward" or O4W if you're looking in that area.
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    May 10, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    Ok. I would work on Puedmont near Lowes shopping center amd live in Midtown?

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    There is no Lowes on or near Piedmont....I live in ole 4th ward and love it !

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    Oh and if you like biking you want to live near the "BeltLine" great place to bike/jog...
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    May 10, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidOk. I would work on Puedmont near Lowes shopping center amd live in Midtown?


    I'm still drawing a blank (someone else can correct me), but I can't think of a Lowe's on/near Piedmont (you do mean the hardware store and not the new Loew's hotel in Midtown, right?). The Lowe's on Moreland Ave. (maybe 3 miles east) is called "Edgewood Shopping District" and I think that's the one you mean, the one that I referenced above.

    In addition to the Home Depot on Piedmont Rd., there's a Home Depot on Ponce de Leon maybe 1.5 miles from Piedmont Ave. (same street, we just like changing names as we change neighborhoods), in a shopping center, but I'm guessing that's not the one you mean.
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    May 10, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    Piedmont Rd N.E. Thought there was a Lowes but could be Loes. Was just told on the phone by Corporate that the office is ear Lowes (Loes maybe) shopping center but anyway would need to find a place commuteable. I just havent been able yet to get diwn there to look around. Should make the move in a few weeks
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    May 10, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidPiedmont Rd N.E. Thought there was a Lowes but could be Loes. Was just told on the phone by Corporate that the office is ear Lowes (Loes maybe) shopping center but anyway would need to find a place commuteable


    That's cool, and you're REALLY in luck if they meant the new Loew's hotel because that's right there in the heart of Midtown, about a block or two west of Piedmont Ave, and near ground-zero for LGBT living/playing near Piedmont Park. That Loew's not so much a "shopping center" in the traditional sense, but there's a lot of new restaurants and shops along the hotel's Peachtree Street side. Biking there of course would be a breeze (a tad rough on the big one-way streets like Piedmont but plenty of small-street alternatives), and you'd probably wind up walking rather than driving to work unless you had to.
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    May 10, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    Ok cool! Thanks so much!
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    May 12, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    Between 12 and 14th st ... Close to High Art Museum. Nice area.
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    May 13, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    I live in Marietta and work at one of the hospitals in Downtown Atlanta. The commute aint so bad. I am kinda thinking about moving downtown/midtown but I do love Marietta/Kennesaw.

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    May 13, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    Most places outside the perimeter are very car centric, family oriented, any town USA type places. If you're looking for a rich white suburban location with low crime, anywhere from east Cobb through north Fulton to north Gwinnett would be a good option.

    As for Atlanta proper, Midtown, Morningside, Virginia Highlands, Candler Park, Inman Park, Grant Park, or Poncey Highland is probably your best bet, if you would be working downtown and looking for a nice/clean relatively safe in town neighborhood. If you are working in Buckhead, you might want to look into Brookhaven.

    O4W, East Atlanta, Castleberry Hill, Kirkwood, the West End, and the “westside" neighborhoods (the ones near White Provisions, King Plow, and the Goat Farm artist complex) are great places with a lot of fun and creative people, but they are still in transition, which I have found lends to a more neighborly feel. O4W is probably the most transitioned, and has retained its diversity to a certain extent. I love living in Castleberry Hill (just south of the Georgia Dome) but intown living in transitional neighborhoods is not for everyone.

    Good luck finding the right neighborhood for you!