I am interviewing for an assistant professor position at the Emory School of Medicine. My girlfriend and I are visiting Atlanta where we will have a rental car and most of a Saturday to look at various neighborhoods. We're less interested in seeing the inside of apartments and more interested in getting a feel for the neighborhood: what they look like and how people live outside their housing. Can you offer some suggestions on where to drive, walk, eat, drink, and visit to make the most of this day?
Based on our preliminary research we would like to focus on these neighborhoods, with the ones we're most interested in at the top:
- Downtown Decatur
- Virginia Highland
- Druid Hills
- Candler Park
- Inman Park
In an ideal world someone would just give us a tour itinerary that is something like: drive from Emory to neighborhood A, eat breakfast at place B, walk around streets C and D, visit farmer's market E, walk through park F, drive to neighborhood G, have lunch at place H, walk around street I, drive to neighborhood J, have coffee at place K, visit branch library L, have dinner at place M, drive to the airport to get there by 7. That is too much to ask but if you had individual suggestions for what places we should visit to give us a good feel of the neighborhoods above that would be most helpful.
In addition my partner will have the car and will probably have time to check out some other neighborhoods at times on Thursday and Friday, so any individual places to check out in some of the following neighborhoods might help too:
- Little Five Points
- Toco Hills
- Lake Claire
- Springdale Heights
- East Lake
- Ashford Park
We picked these neighborhoods by looking for places that tick as many of these boxes as possible: has multifamily housing options; walkable to MARTA station; accessible by non-car transportation mode (bus, bike, or walking) to Emory and downtown, can walk to grocery store, restaurants, library branch; close to parks; sidewalks have some tree cover. It's hard to pick a truly optimal neighborhood because we don't know where my girlfriend would be working yet.
I've read the previous questions tagged atlanta on neighborhood options: 1 2 3 4 5.
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