Midtown – Atlanta, GA

Situated between the commercial and financial districts of downtown Atlanta lays Midtown. Cultural attractions, noteworthy architecture and a great urban layout defines Midtown. The area also has a thriving arts scene. Some of Atlanta’s most iconic buildings call Midtown home, including the Bank of America Plaza and One Coca-Cola Plaza. The area’s central location give residents excellent access to the interstate highways, a direct train service to the world’s busiest airport, rail stations, Amtrak services, regional express bus routes and local shuttles and/or trolleys. Leading academic and research institutions make Midtown an innovation hub and a magnet for young professionals. From Midtown, you can get to the heart of Atlanta by car in less than a 10 minutes. The working force in Midtown seems to be highly educated, and over 25,000 students have enrolled in Midtown’s educational institutions. Midtown has over 230 acres of parks and more than 150 restaurants.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Midtown residents call the 14 blocks on Peachtree Street “Midtown Mile” because it attracts a unique mix of business from national brands, local boutiques and plenty of restaurants. Midtown has some of the city’s most innovative and acclaimed restaurants, farm-to-tables eateries and fine dining establishments. For international fare, try Lure. The establishment has gluten-free and vegan menu options, a happy hour with outdoor seating and some succulent seafood menu items. Try the Dill-cured applewood-smoked salmon or Cured Block Island swordfish belly. The Grilled octopus and pork lettuce wraps with mixed herbs and a spicy Vietnamese sauce also keep patrons coming back for more. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano serves up Italian fare, with the lemon chicken being the restaurant's specialty. Unique ingredients like blood oranges give a slightly sweet citrus note to some of the chicken dishes, and fresh-baked breads accompany all meals. Nightlife entertainment takes residents to fabulous places like Fox Theatre or to a variety of dance clubs. Comedy shows, live music performances, art openings and historic theaters keep residents entertained each night of the week. The large concentration of nightclubs within close proximity of one another means residents and visitors can move between venues on foot. Some of the best nightlife opportunities comprise national and regional acts at Center Stage Theater. The Loft has four full-service bars that all provide views of the Midtown skyline and Vinyl, an intimate stop for live music. For the best comedy in town, head to the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill, where national comedy acts can be found entertaining guests at Laughing Skull Lounge.

History & Culture

Part of Midtown was purchased in 1848 so the pine forest can be used as a source of fuel for a downtown flour mill. However, over a 40 year period, sections of Midtown were subdivided into lots designed for residential areas. As the city of Midtown grew further outward, merchant robberies were frequent. As robberies became less frequent, more mansions were constructed in the area. In 1887, residents rallied for the establishment of a park, and Piedmont Park blossomed. By 1895, electric streetcar lines developed and helped the surrounding neighborhoods have better access to shopping districts. Many Atlanta residents call Midtown the “Heart of the Arts” because of the many arts and entertainment venues within a short distance from one another. Midtown also hosts many annual events, including The Taste of Atlanta Food Festival that takes place in the fall each year.

Transportation

Midtown has an abundant network of traveling, choices from rail stations to buses. Midtown is also a walkable, bicycle-friendly destination. The streets of Midtown feature 14 miles of sidewalks lined with trees and more than 8 miles of bike lanes. Bike racks have been installed throughout Midtown. The rail station and bus stops are easy to walk to and take residents to any destination in and around the city. There are also two shuttle/trolleys that take riders to key locations around Midtown. Residents can hail a taxi or call for a ride in advance, and Uber is also available in the area. Parking in Midtown is limited, and most parking lots in the area charge a small fee. Midtown has an unparalleled accessibility when it comes to reaching Interstate 75 or Interstate 85. And each connects to the Westside’s five bridges. Midtown has also adopted the use of ZipCar, and the area has several ZipCar locations. An Amtrak station sits on the northern border of Midtown, making the area even more accessible.

Cost

Because of the accessibility, travel options, entertainment and restaurants in the area, the cost of living for Midtown is 17 percent higher than Atlanta. Public transit on the MARTA costs $2.50 for a one-way fare, and monthly passes are available for $87.00 per month. Many residents, even those with personal vehicles, use MARTA to travel around the city because it is fast and convenient. A one-bedroom apartment in Midtown costs approximately $1439 per month. Residents and visitors can expect to pay $3 for a domestic brew or $5 for an imported beer at a local bar.

Shopping

The shopping options are endless in Midtown. Shopping malls, boutiques, upscale fashion areas and outlet centers all exist throughout Midtown. A full day can be spent at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls, high-end and luxury retailers can be found in Buckhead, and antique shops and art galleries line Bennett Street District. The area also houses restaurants, museums, pubs, theatres and unique shops are all within walking distance of each other, enhancing the shopping experience. EcoDenizen and Ligne Roset are only found in Midtown, Atlanta. At these places, and others like it, you will find chic clothing options, vintage apparel, accessories, art, furniture, books, and gourmet food. Publix and Whole Foods are two grocers located in Midtown. The Piedmont Park Green Market is the local farmers market in the area and is available to the public every Saturday.

Parks

Piedmont Park, the focal point of Midtown expands over acres. Surrounding the park to the west is Midtown’s business district, Ansley Park to its northwest, and the Historic District to its south. Joining Piedmont Park to the north is the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The park has become a popular venue for cultural festivals, and every spring,when the dogwoods are in bloom, an arts and crafts fair happens. Other events that happen at Peidmont Park include Festival Peachtree Latino, celebrating Hispanic-American culture. The park has basketball courts, tennis courts, running trails, and kid-friendly areas. A 22-miles trail circles the older neighborhoods in the area and connects to Piedmont Park. The “BeltLine” has had dozens of contemporary art pieces installed along the trail. Other parks in Midtown include Piedmont Dog Park, Japanese Garden, Storza Woods (trails), Yonah Park, Winn Park, 17th Street Park, Eubanks Park, McClatchey Park, Ansley Park, Avery-E. Park Lane Triangle, and Smith Park.
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