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Old 01-05-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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How would you compare Vinings to Dunwoody and Sandy Springs? I liked vinings but there is no MARTA access, and i know there are stops in these places for the train, as i will need to commute downtown for work.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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How would you compare Vinings to Dunwoody and Sandy Springs? I liked vinings but there is no MARTA access, and i know there are stops in these places for the train, as i will need to commute downtown for work.
A previous thread>>>
how does the vinings/smyrna area compare to the dunwoody/sandy springs area
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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The areas are pretty similar in many ways, although we must make sure you mean "true" Vinings and not Smynings (which encompasses a much larger and more demographically diverse area). Schools are about the same for MS and HS, although Dunwoody's elementary schools are more highly "ranked" (if you care about such things). Having lived in both, a bit of the luster of Vinings was taken off with all the high-density development over the last few years, but it is still a very nice area with some posh neighborhoods closer into town. I feel like Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have gotten a tighter grasp on development due to their cityhood status and more localized control (more so Dunwoody in this regard, which has always been strict on density and aesthetics in development). Vinings has a nicer commute into Midtown/Downtown, in my opinion, as D'woody/SS both rely on taking 400 (75 has more lanes and you can also easily get to town via backroads from Vinings).
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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oh so if i had to drive into downtown from vinings, i could go back roads and avoid most of the traffic?
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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oh so if i had to drive into downtown from vinings, i could go back roads and avoid most of the traffic?
Definitely...you can just take S Atlanta Rd. down to Marietta St. and hang a left...this will take you straight into town by the Aquarium. Or you can cut over sooner on Chattahoochee Ave and get to Howell Mill. 15 minutes.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I think it's hard to compare Vinings to Dunwoody/SS. To me, Vinings is more comparable to Brookhaven. East Cobb would be the Cobb equivalent of Dunwoody/Sandy Springs. Have you considered Brookhaven? It also has its own MARTA station.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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how about during rush hour though, still 15 or so minutes?
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:22 AM
 
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how about during rush hour though, still 15 or so minutes?
I haven't driven the route in 5 years (when I lived that way) but I would imagine it's still at least under 30 minutes. The nice thing is you don't have to worry about being screwed by an accident like you do on an interstate, so the commute is pretty consistent day to day. They were doing a lot of construction and the biggest pain (a bottleneck at the bridge over the river) I believe has been corrected.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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hmm ok, is there anyone that has recently tried driving downtown during rush hour from there, or driving back from downtown?
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I haven't driven the route in 5 years (when I lived that way) but I would imagine it's still at least under 30 minutes. The nice thing is you don't have to worry about being screwed by an accident like you do on an interstate, so the commute is pretty consistent day to day. They were doing a lot of construction and the biggest pain (a bottleneck at the bridge over the river) I believe has been corrected.
The new bridge is MUCH nicer.

I haven't driven that way during rush hour, though.
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