DeKalb Avenue - First thing’s first. It’s not pronounced how it’s spelled — you’ll get called out if you punch the “L.” So just say “de-cab,” and you’ll be fine.
DeKalb Avenue. The underdog of the east-west commute. The road the locals take when it’s 9 a.m. or 5 p.m., and they want to avoid the traffic that’s almost certain to be found on Ponce de Leon at similar times.
For the purposes of explanation, DeKalb Avenue is comprised of a few streets that bleed together in name. Starting from the west, near the Capitol building in Downtown, Decatur street goes eastward, turning into DeKalb somewhere around the Krog Street Tunnel in Inman Park. From there, it continues along until it runs through the southern edge of Decatur, where it turns into Howard Street. But if you say DeKalb in reference to any part of this stretch, people will know what you’re talking about (it’s not like streets changing names is particularly uncommon in Atlanta).
Like Ponce, DeKalb Avenue connects Decatur to the core of the city so it’s pretty useful, especially for people who live south of Ponce — neighborhoods like Old Fourth Ward, Reynoldstown, Inman Park, Candler Park
And here’s the sweet spot of DeKalb Avenue — its entire length runs along the east/west MARTA line, and there are a number of stops. Cool enough by itself, but if part of your commute involves a car, Inman Park Station, Edgewood/Candler Park Station, and East Lake Station all offer daily parking.
Some of the most hard-fought battles during the Civil War took place near present day Inman Park. In fact, Confederate soldiers briefly broke through Union lines only a couple of blocks from the current site of the Inman Park MARTA station before they were held off. This took place during the Battle of Atlanta in 1864, shortly before the end of the war.
The historic, cultural, and most recently, newly thriving social center of Atlanta is never short on amenities: from a burgeoning dining scene, to a museum district that is second-to-none in the region, to a fine collection of places to live (not to mention extreme accessibility via roadways and public transportation), Downtown is jam-packed with the finest the city has to offer.
What was once a subdued industrial district has been transformed into one of the most electric nightlife scenes in the city. High-end nightspots coexist alongside quirky dives in a way that’s almost harmonious. If there’s a unique place to spend a Saturday night in Atlanta, this is it.
A large warehouse property, recently converted into a collection of dining establishments that would make even the most jaded foodie take to their blog in excitement. KSM boasts some darling stop-ins, great live music, and of course, some of the best new restaurants in the city — all in the backdrop of romantic Inman Park.
At the intersection of DeKalb and Moreland, a two-fer. Head a little south, and you’ll find yourself in the Edgewood Retail district, which is home to a half-dozen big-box stores and numerous little restaurants and boutiques. A little to the north, and you’re in the heart of Little Five Points, the most hyper-eclectic district in town.
The neighborhood of Candler Park draws its handle from the park of the same name. This park is sprawling, and with a collection of wooded areas, walking trails, and picnicking space (not to mention a bunch of restaurants just nearby), it’s one of the city’s favorite spots to take in a perfect spring day.
Atlanta’s “city-within-a-city,” Decatur exudes small-town charm alongside a list of activities that are perfect for visitors and residents alike: great restaurants, charming boutiques, and a full calendar of cultural events are open to all, and with easy access (there’s a MARTA stop just under the town square), it’s never too far away.
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