Neighborhoods - What's your favorite place in Atlanta?

Readers reveal the spots that remind them why they love the A

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FORSYTH STREET: Neda Deadwyler, Owner of Civil Bikes

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Will Edmond, culture ambassador — Adventures of Will, WERC Crew

"I'm really into fishing and outdoor things, so I love Sweetwater Creek. It's right outside the city of Atlanta, close to Six Flags. A lot of people don't really visit Sweetwater Creek because you have to drive west of the city. But it's very peaceful. The Chattahoochee River runs into it; that's how Sweetwater Creek is created. They just added yurts, so you can go out there and camp. A yurt is like a circular domed tent that can sleep eight to 10 people. They really try to promote the nature vibe out there.

"Another place I love to go in the summer time is the Roswell Mills Waterfall. The waterfalls are also produced by the Chattahoochee River. It's beautiful and I like that we have a waterfall so close to the city. You can go behind the falls and there's a hidden cave inside. For people who like nature, it's a great place to be." (Rodney Carmichael)


@allysillins on Instagram says:

"My favorite place in Atlanta is the rooftop of the Telephone Factory lofts. I go there every year during the Beltline Lantern Parade to watch thousands of people walking below me joined together as one community."

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Ari Fouriezos, band manager and booker for Sorry, Mom! Productions

"I spend a lot of time in Little Five Points — Java Lords is sort of my temporary personal office — holing up in the morning and drinking way too many cups of coffee while hammering through work. I hold half of my meetings there; maybe it's the Sagittarius in me that likes working in public and running into friends. Afternoon rolls around and when I realize I've forgotten to eat I head to Elmyr for a burrito. If I'm still around by the evening, the Porter is my favorite bar to hang and have a beer or whiskey.

"Musically, the neighborhood is still in the game as well. Last spring I walked to Criminal Records and freaking Janet, Carrie, and Corin of Sleater-Kinney were there and signed my copy of No Cities to Love. How cool is that? I'm also impressed with what Aisle 5 is bringing to this city. I dig it." (Chad Radford)


@le_savoirvivre on Twitter says:

"I love the @HighMuseumofArt because so much of humanity and ATL is reflected in the works of art. It builds community."

WATERSHED: Zeb Stevenson
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Zeb Stevenson, Watershed on Peachtree executive chef

"My schedule is pretty tight so I have alarmingly few regular spots (unless you count work and my bed) but I do have coffee at Revelator almost every morning. Honestly I'm a little reluctant to give up my spot for fear that I will no longer have it all to myself, but if you can get over the, ahem, challenging location (park in the garage off of 14th Street and walk up the stairs) you'll be treated to super-fresh, properly roasted, and distinct coffees in a tranquil and welcoming space without the cooler than you vibe that's so common in most shops. Pro Tip: It's all about the coffee there, no flavored syrups or caramel goop. Have a pour-over. We can chat for a few minutes while you wait." (Stephanie Dazey)


Saleem Cook on Facebook says:

"West End for its historical colleges, homes, landmarks and varied history. There is always excitement there. It's almost like its own little town."

FORSYTH STREET: Nedra Deadwyler
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Nedra Deadwyler, owner of Civil Bikes

"The stretch of Forsyth Street from Marietta Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and on to Mitchell Street. It goes between Downtown and Castleberry Hill so it connects two distinctive neighborhoods. You have street art by Belgian artist ROA. Hotel Row is there. Eyedrum is there. I almost got booted in that parking lot. If you walk over the bridge you can see railroad tracks. You can see people moving. The bus, the train, the police are lined up. People are coming in and out of the Sam Nunn Federal Building for lunch. There is all sorts of action. Across the street is the old Atlanta Constitution building. There is no one going into it or out of it. It's a very peaceful and artful building. It's quiet but it's like a lot of buildings in Atlanta — it's not used." (Thomas Wheatley)