Fairlie Street, Downtown Atlanta
Good coffee is a favorite subject of mine. It’s not directly related to urbanism, though quality “third places” for coffee can definitely make city life more pleasant.
I was recently asked for recommendations by someone visiting Atlanta for a conference downtown. For any visitor looking for good coffee either here or in nearby neighborhoods, these are some of my favorites, in order. (View in a large map)
1009 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Just north of Downtown, Octane Westside brews and sells locally-roasted coffee. Judging from the crowds, it’s probably the most popular coffee place in Atlanta (apart from the other location on the eastside).
Cafe Campesino at the Curb Market
209 Edgewood Ave SE
Cafe Campesino coffee is roasted in Americus, Georgia; it’s available at a barrista stand in the Sweet Auburn Bakery, in Downtown’s wonderful Curb Market.
Ebrik Coffee Room
16 Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Only open M-F. It’s in the heart of Downtown, surrounded by GSU buildings and offices; a great spot with a nice interior.
480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312
In the Old Fourth Ward, east of Downtown. They have a nice, small menu of breakfast and lunch plates.
180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
In Castleberry Hill, south of Downtown; also a great breakfast spot.
EDITED: honorable mention goes to One Caffe, at the bottom of the Flatiron Building on Broad Street. They make a mean Dutch Coffee, cold brewed over night.
(Above photo: Ebrik Coffee Room)
Walton Street, Downtown Atlanta, 1920
Atlanta gets criticized, rightly so, for having dropped the ball on historic preservation of architecture in the twentieth century.
But let’s take a moment to recognize this: every one of these buildings, in the above 1920 photo of Walton Street, is still standing today. In fact, the one in the foreground is being renovated and turned into a new hotel.
[The tall one in the rear is my building, the Healey; condos on top, offices and retail on the bottom (shweet).]
If historic preservation interests you, I highly suggest taking part in some of the tours for this month’s Phoenix Flies events throughout Atlanta. You can find a list of events here.
The American Planning Association (APA) is coming to Atlanta in April for its 2014 conference. The conference blog has been exploring Atlanta issues — well worth a visit: http://blogs.planning.org/conference
One post announces that a workshop at the conference will look at a troubled, historic strip of Broad Street — from Garnett Street to Alabama Street — in the middle of Downtown Atlanta. Read about it here. Here’s a quote:
Today the Broad Street corridor — accompanied by 80 acres of surface parking lots — sits right in the middle of substantial urban Atlanta energy, yet it is derelict and desolate, waiting for reinvestment. The area is ideal for planners from across the U.S. to engage peers prior to the national conference and create a lasting impact.
I (and some others) call this stretch South Broad Street. In my opinion, this place has more unrealized potential than any other in the city. Being so well-connected to transit, with Five Points MARTA on the north side, it’s got pent-up greatness waiting inside. If you’re in the mood for a visit, I recommend Miller’s Rexall and Mammal Gallery as destinations.
And if you’d like to read some interesting history about South Broad, check out the Southbroadatl.org website.
According to the CDC, motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death in the US for ages 5-34. Worldwide, road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for ages 15-29. While both statistics are serious, it’s clear that, in the US, a greater range of the population is in danger of death from motor vehicles.
I write a lot about car-centric places being bad for reasons related to efficient, careful land use and for the relationship we have to our built environment and to each other.
But It’s important to take a regular break from those concerns and think about the impact that our car-centric places have on our health in the US. For a look at the other health problems (apart from fatal injuries) caused by cars, see this interview with former CDC director, Richard Jackson.
Atlanta traffic photo from Flickr user spartan_puma
Per-capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline…This recent downward shift has had no clear, lasting connection to economic trends or gas prices. Evidence suggests that the decline is likely due to changing demographics, saturated highways, and a rising preference for compact, mixed-use neighborhoods. — Per capita VMT drops for ninth straight year; DOTs taking notice | SSTI.us, 2/24/2014