Here's a rundown of the Atlanta neighborhoods - starting downtown where the Georgia World Congress Center is located - from the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau to help you make the most of your Imaging USA experience:
In the middle of it all, Downtown's core pulses energy into the rest of Atlanta. It's a livable center, populated with city dwellers, businesses and world-class attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and a centerpiece urban park with roots in the Olympic Games. Sure, downtown may be Atlanta's tourist hub, but it's the ideal place to start an exploration.
Style and substance take center stage in Midtown along Peachtree Street. The famed boulevard maintains a friendly feel while it cuts a swath of culture that connects the marquee events at the Fox Theatre at one end, to the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center and the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the middle, on to the Savannah College of Art and Design at the other end. Locals thrive on the tree-lined lanes just beyond, and they congregate to play at Piedmont Park.
Bold and brazen Buckhead cradles the bedroom communities of the up-and-coming as well as the city's Fortune 500 families. In Buckhead, Peachtree becomes Rodeo Drive with hospitable Southern accent, growing fashionable boutiques on attractive side streets. Boutique shoppers breeze past Sir Elton John's condo to ferret out the latest in fashion trends at out-of-the-way galleries for on-trend clothes. From just about any point in Buckhead, you're within shouting distance of a memorable four-star restaurant where foodies get their kicks.
Westside, a blending of Georgia Tech culture with nearby loft communities, has sprung into a focal point for a new design district in old industrial spaces. It's the go-to-place for interiors mavens looking for lighting and textiles and fabric and furniture. Like other Atlanta neighborhoods, the dining scene keeps improving here. Long-time homesteaders Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's famous Bacchanalia restaurant begat the city's best kitchen shop, Star Provisions, plus two other restaurants, Quinones and Abattoir. Nearby top-rated Miller Union, Flip Burger Boutique, and Antico Pizza Napoletana join the throngs of eateries catering to the city's sophisticated palate.
Some Atlanta neighborhoods reach back to the city's early days, like the style of American heritage homes that populate Margaret Mitchell's Ansley Park just beyond the walls of the High Museum. Others, like Inman Park, combine small urban green spaces among winding boulevards lined with colorful Queen Anne's and Victorians in the city's first planned suburb. Both offer walking tours where their classic architecture and landscape design jut up against the skyscraper backdrop.
On weekends, locals push baby strollers to the farmers market in Morningside, while others stop for a pastry at Alon's in Virginia-Highland, dawdle in Highland Woodworking or try on fashion statements in Bill Hallman. Just a few blocks over, the scene edges into a Bohemian style, where vintage dress matches the creativity of tattoos in Little Five Points. While spots like Junkman's Daughter have become de rigueur for the young, others can't resist the kitschy places like Star Community Bar and Vinyl Lounge, with a shrine to Elvis. He is the King, after all. But all is not grunge here. Performing arts venues such as Seven Stages, Dad's Garage, and Variety Playhouse lend artistic authenticity to Little Five.
Some of the city's hottest neighborhoods show the courage of citizens to keep the best and create the new. Southwest of downtown, Castleberry Hill etches out a space among former warehouses. Today, art galleries mix with wine bars and tapas lounges for lively Friday Art Walks. While on the southeast side, the Sweet Auburn Community continues to flourish. Originally the epicenter of African American commerce in the South, the former richest Black street in America--Auburn Avenue--houses a curb market, bakeries, and clubs near the MLK National Park and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The newest downtown addition, Luckie Marietta District, is booming with excitement with attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke. Stretching all the way to the Georgia World Congress center, it boasts a number of eateries and attractions all within walking distance.
Now that you know the neighborhoods of Atlanta, we hope to see you here in January for Imaging USA!
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