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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
In 1974, the Atlanta Rhythm Section sang the virtues of Doraville with the line, "Touch of country in the city." Today, you might wonder, "Which country?" as you drive along Buford Highway on either side of the Doraville line and read the billboards and shop signs in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and more. Although Buford Highway as a thoroughfare spans from Buckhead to Buford, the multi-ethnic... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Named for Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, who donated the parkland to Atlanta in 1922, this neighborhood is centered on a 55-acre park and nine-hole golf course. Long a hippie enclave, Candler Park is also a family-oriented community due to Mary Lin Elementary School's outstanding reputation. Also nestled in this neighborhood is the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, a green sanctuary that is... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Small College Park has several claims to local fame: It's a lickety-split MARTA ride from the airport; it's home to Woodward Academy, the largest private school in the continental United States; and it boasts one of Georgia's largest historic districts, with more than 700 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. But its picturesque main street, which it shares with East Point, has... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Downtown, the one-time railroad hub where Atlanta literally began, has come a long way from its days as a vertical office park that turned into a ghost town after the sun set. Though still overrun by government buildings and nine-to-fivers, the area is continuing to grow into a community where young singles and small families have converged to be near the joys of urban life: the entertainment,... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
If you're not a student and can afford to live there, the Emory University/North Druid Hills area provides a kind of middle ground to the landscaped estates of Buckhead and the casual atmosphere of Decatur. Druid Hills features such lovely neighborhoods and large homes, it provided the location for the title character's mansion in Driving Miss Daisy. Plus, a variety of funky shops and... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
This leafy neighborhood boasts one of Atlanta's grandest parks, close proximity to downtown and Turner Field, and a collection of some of the city's oldest and best-maintained houses. While Grant Park is oddly short on retail and dining amenities, its residential streets get plenty of weekend traffic, thanks to the presence of Zoo Atlanta. Bounded on two sides by the Beltline, the historic... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Long known as the historic neighborhood associated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, the Old Fourth Ward recently has become minted as the bustling center of a nightlife district. Notices of celebrities dropping by for the cheap drinks and comfortable bars have been running in the gossip rags for months, which probably hasn't hurt the neighborhood's profile.... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Chamblee's WellPet Humane strives to help pets without breaking bank accounts | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT

Don't write off this one-time Civil War outpost. Anchored by a charming town square - a longtime stomping ground for antique enthusiasts that's also home to culture, dining, and nightlife options - and boasting more than its share of impressive old houses and historic sites, the city has managed to craft a reputation as a diamond in the roughs of suburbia.

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
It's hard to imagine a time when an Atlanta neighborhood four miles from downtown was considered a suburb. It's even harder to picture the city with bustling transit, but Virginia-Highland was founded as a streetcar suburb nearly a century ago. Now incorporated as an intown 'hood, residents can walk to restaurants, boutiques, bars, grocery stores, and even a neighborhood movie theater with the... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Once a wasteland of warehouses and drab industrial spaces, Atlanta's Westside has been transformed into what's arguably the city's hottest 'hood for top-notch dining, loft living, and highbrow shopping. Indie galleries also have taken up residence and banded together with institutions such as the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center to form the Westside Arts District. Throw in the mixed-use,... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Buckhead is no longer the epicenter of Atlanta's once buck-wild nightclub scene - and that's the way most residents like it. Although we're still waiting on the ritzy Streets of Buckhead development, the area has long been among the top shopping destinations in the Southeast, with its two high-end malls and countless swanky boutiques and salons. And Buckhead has more luxury hotels and... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
If you're just passing through on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clarkston feels like Anytown, USA. But stop for a minute and you'll find a quaint borough that harbors a whole lot of ethnic diversity. Strategically positioned close to the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees establish stable homes, Clarkston is also one of the metro area's most diverse melting pots of eastern... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Just a few miles from downtown Atlanta down Ponce de Leon Avenue sits what's arguably metro Atlanta's most desired suburb - a progressive enclave of quaint homes, solid restaurants, a walkable downtown, and tight-knit neighborhoods that are very protective of the community they've created. And with well-performing schools and a high quality of life, the city's managed to attract young families,... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT

Still not entirely gentrified, Kirkwood is a fascinating hodgepodge of restored two-story homes, old rooming houses, and quaint bungalows. The downtown retail district is slowly blossoming, but most amenities are only a short drive away, and the neighborhood has plenty of park space and bike trails. The active Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization website adds to the feeling of community.

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Atlantans are at once impressed by and dismissive of Midtown. They'll tell you that no part of the city has evolved more dramatically over the past two decades - and then they'll wax nostalgic about how it used to be (funky, seedy, a little scary) and complain about what it is now (chain restaurants and a disappearing gay epicenter). But there is much to love amid the sea of national and local... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
For a relatively small neighborhood, Poncey-Highland has a hell of a lot going on, from movies at the deco-chic Plaza Theatre to drinks at true-blue political haunt Manuel's Tavern to meals post-midnight at the Majestic Diner to middle-aged jubblies at the Clermont Lounge. There's a never-ending supply of colorful street characters along Ponce de Leon Avenue. Remember to wave to Bicycle Shorts... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT

Despite its OTP location and big-box retail strips, Sandy Springs has an urban feel, from the busy lunchtime rush to the crush of rush-hour traffic along Roswell Road. Its active network of community organizations - including the area's largest Jewish population - paired with a selection of boutiques and locally owned restaurants keeps the homogeneity somewhat in check.

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Think of Vinings and swanky suburban real estate or high-end townhomes will probably come to mind or perhaps glimpses of the river from that bridge that brings you to the doors of Canoe restaurant. Situated on a ridge high above the Chattahoochee, Vinings' reputation as an upscale shopping and dining destination remains untarnished. A few miles northwest just outside the Perimeter, Smyrna has... | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Besides being home to the largest conglomerate of historically black colleges and universities in the nation, the West End runneth over with the kind of cultural dichotomy - from the Southern folkloric figure Uncle Remus found at the Wren's Nest to such Afrocentric institutions as the Shrine of the Black Madonna - that could only be nurtured in one of the city's oldest communities and... | more...