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Old 12-16-2014, 08:02 AM
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Five years ago, I would have said Candler Park. I lived there for a few years and loved it. But now that Clay Harper owns most of their commercial space, it's quickly becoming Fellini-ville. Record store: OUT! Donna Van Gogh'ls: OUT! Wedding dress store that brings very little value to the neighborhood: EXPANDING into yet another storefront.

Boring.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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Five years ago, I would have said Candler Park. I lived there for a few years and loved it. But now that Clay Harper owns most of their commercial space, it's quickly becoming Fellini-ville. Record store: OUT! Donna Van Gogh'ls: OUT! Wedding dress store that brings very little value to the neighborhood: EXPANDING into yet another storefront.

Boring.
The wedding dress store surprisingly draws a lot of people to the neighborhood. I agree that I would have preferred to see something eclectic replace Donna Van Gogh's, though. Full Moon's owner said he thought the dress shop would be taking over his space, too. If that's true, yeah, the retail space will be a dead zone during non-brunch hours. The death of the Gato Arigato pop-up service back in October didn't help, either. That being said, I still love the Candler Park/Lake Claire neighborhoods.

However, I'd say my favorite is still probably Midtown. It was the first neighborhood I moved to back in '97 and it's been fascinating to watch its transformation over the years.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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Inman Park. For all the reasons other, more articulate posters have named. It's simply the best.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:04 AM
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The wedding dress store surprisingly draws a lot of people to the neighborhood.
That's nice, but the problem is thast it doesn't serve the neighorhood. By its very nature you have to drive there. And how many times is the average customer going to go there in their lifetime? Not many, especially compared to a pub or a restaurant, or a record or gift store.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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That's nice, but the problem is thast it doesn't serve the neighorhood. By its very nature you have to drive there. And how many times is the average customer going to go there in their lifetime? Not many, especially compared to a pub or a restaurant, or a record or gift store.
It was just an observation, not a refutation of anything you said. Lord knows if my wife had her way we would be renewing our vows every year so she buy the dresses she sees in the windwos. However, I would imagine people will go there about as often as they might go to Moon Brothers, the special events planners, or Piercing Experience across the street.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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I like Inman Park for the houses, but of course, East Point for the people.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:51 AM
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It was just an observation, not a refutation of anything you said. Lord knows if my wife had her way we would be renewing our vows every year so she buy the dresses she sees in the windwos. However, I would imagine people will go there about as often as they might go to Moon Brothers, the special events planners, or Piercing Experience across the street.
I understand. I didn't mean to come across as combative. Just expanding on my point. I agree about Moon Brothers and other tennants in the area. I feel that small commercial strips like this one should be as useful to the surrounding area as possible, and most people have little to no need to go to an architecture firm or a bridal gown shop.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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I wish Sweet Auburn Market had free parking
You might be able to find a free place along the curb somewhere and take the streetcar. I don't know whether the city has metered everything nearby or not.

You used to be able to park around back and get your ticket validated.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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Sweet Auburn Curb Market has validated parking in the lot right next to it (hard to miss).

I was just at Full Moon records in Candler Park, and it was crowded as hell.

I live in Poncey Highland, but my favorite is a toss up between Inman Park & Midtown.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:17 AM
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I wish Sweet Auburn Market had free parking
I didn't realize they didn't. I wish they stayed open later. Most of the stalls are closing down at 5 pm, making it impossible (or uncomfortable) to go there right after work. That's a lot of potential customers to turn away. I'd do most o fmy grocery shopping there if they stayed open until 6 or 7.
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