5 Great Neighborhoods in Atlanta
Take a look at five of Atlanta's best neighborhoods and decide which one is best for you.
As its name implies, Midtown is located in the center of Atlanta and is one of the most culturally diverse parts of the city. Not only do people from all over the country (and world) come to attend Georgia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD/Atlanta division), but they also flock to work at internationally recognized companies such as EarthLink, The Coca-Cola Company, Turner, the Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, NBA TV, Norfolk Southern, Invesco, Wells Fargo and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. And on any given day, thousands come to Midtown for the entertainment – from a walk in Piedmont Park to catch a traveling Broadway show at the Fox, they’ve got it all.
Midtown’s arts scene is simply unrivaled by any other part of the city and plays host to the Woodruff Arts Center, home of the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. Across Peachtree is the Museum of Design Atlanta; down the block you’ll find the Center for Puppetry Arts as well as Center Stage Theatre, the Loft and Vinyl, three popular live music venues under one roof. The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is located in Midtown near the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, Atlanta's oldest and most prominent synagogue, also known as "the Temple." It was notoriously bombed in 1958, an event referenced in Driving Miss Daisy. The Historic Fox Theatre, the 14th Street Playhouse and Actors Express are all within a peach toss of one another.
Architecturally, Midtown’s structures are as varied and distinctive as its residents. Some of Atlanta’s tallest and most iconic structures, such as the Bank of America Plaza and 1180 Peachtree, cast shadows on landmarks like the Margaret Mitchell House, Rhodes Hall, the Shellmont Inn Bed and Breakfast, Edward C. Peters House and Ivy Hall, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Luxurious high-rise condos and apartment buildings seem to pop up overnight like Magic Rocks squeezed in between historic bungalows and Queen Anne-style houses along Piedmont and 10th Street.
And located across the way is the cherry on top that is Piedmont Park, home to the city’s biggest yearly festivals including the Atlanta Arts Festival, the Dogwood Festival, Music Midtown and Gay Pride. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at the park’s western edge while the BeltLine connects at the east. The proximity to the park makes Midtown the most dog friendly spot in Atlanta. Establishments such as Empire State South, Tap, and the Spence all have pet friendly patios. The nearby Loews Hotel Atlanta, the W and Hotel Indigo host “Yappy Hours” throughout the spring and summer. Lastly, Midtown is one of Atlanta’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and truly benefits from MARTA and dedicated bike lanes, making it a popular tourist spot.