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Old 09-22-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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Makes me wonder just what the Atlanta Rhythm Section was singing about in their praise of Doraville. "Doraville" came out in 1974. What I saw of it 20 years ago and since wasn't a town to speak of really. It has all the charm of Strip Mall.

A good demonstration that putting in a MARTA heavy rail line does not spur development.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:35 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Makes me wonder just what the Atlanta Rhythm Section was singing about in their praise of Doraville. "Doraville" came out in 1974. What I saw of it 20 years ago and since wasn't a town to speak of really. It has all the charm of Strip Mall.

A good demonstration that putting in a MARTA heavy rail line does not spur development.
"It ain't much, but its home" hardly sounds like praise to me.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Gardenville
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Went back to Atlanta for a visit this summer. Was kind of struck by how Buford Hwy south of the Perimeter was much the same as it had been in the seventies and eighties. More development, to be sure, but as before it seems like a proportionally large number of vacants. Back then, the Buford-Clairmont Mall (not sure what it's called now, in its 3-4-5th iteration) was known as "the Dead Mall", due to its low occupancy, and low end shops.
I first became aware of the increasing Asian population in the early eighties, with the rise of Asian-owned shops and restaurants along Buford Hwy. The first wave were mostly Chinese. They were welcomed initially, as they were providing some of the first truly authentic ethnic cuisine in Atlanta. Indeed, I remember going out to dinner with my Mother to a joint in Pinetree Plaza for the "Cold Intestine Platter" and "Giant China Sea Roast Pompano Fish with Hot Mustard."
I remember Koreans arriving next, and dated a couple of Korean girls (hubba, hubba!). As their population grew, the in-joke amongst the locals was that Chamblee/Doraville should be renamed "Chambodia." On my last visit, it appeared that there were many establishments operated by/for the Vietnamese population-some open, many closed. So it seems like that stretch of Buford Hwy is doing just as it was 35 years ago...
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:41 AM
 
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South of the perimeter, there's already some redevelopment planned. Old apartment complexes closer to the city of Atlanta line have been purchased and will be redeveloped as the economy improves. The question is going to be, for the parts that are in Brookhaven, how much apartment development can the city tolerate.
Most feel like, with the economic improvement we are seeing, it is only a matter of time before the close in parts of Buford hgwy are all slated for redevelopment.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:50 AM
 
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The original Pac-Man Fever was recorded in Doraville. That has been the pinnacle of the area's existence.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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"It ain't much, but its home" hardly sounds like praise to me.
"Friends of mine say I oughta move to New York
Well, New York's fine, but it ain't Doraville"

It's not a song that puts Doraville down. Made me wonder if it was some sort of hidden jewel with its "Doraville, a touch of country in the city". But Doraville, like Chamblee, are just blaaaah!
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:27 AM
 
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I just took Buford Highway yesterday, and was relatively struck by some redevelopment happening right around I-285.

I noticed a few months ago they had built a third generation QT, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything since gas stations are needed everywhere.

But just north of I-285, I noticed there is a new Zaxby's, a nice new brick McDonald's, and a brand new Krispy Kreme that isn't open yet.

While this might not be the kind of development that most people would hope for in their backyards, it is a sign of promise. These chains won't go into an area unless they think they are economically viable, and they built high-end versions.

So it's just McDonald's, Zaxby's, and Krispy Kreme, but that's better than the past several years when it's been hard to find many recognizable names on this stretch of road. Could this signal some upcoming redevelopment of the area?
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Braves Country
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"It ain't much, but its home" hardly sounds like praise to me.
lol. "a touch of country in the city". I guess they meant Korea.
But ARS were cool in the day.
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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I just took Buford Highway yesterday, and was relatively struck by some redevelopment happening right around I-285.

I noticed a few months ago they had built a third generation QT, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything since gas stations are needed everywhere.

But just north of I-285, I noticed there is a new Zaxby's, a nice new brick McDonald's, and a brand new Krispy Kreme that isn't open yet.

While this might not be the kind of development that most people would hope for in their backyards, it is a sign of promise. These chains won't go into an area unless they think they are economically viable, and they built high-end versions.

So it's just McDonald's, Zaxby's, and Krispy Kreme, but that's better than the past several years when it's been hard to find many recognizable names on this stretch of road. Could this signal some upcoming redevelopment of the area?
With Doraville's prime location as the site of a MARTA station very-near one of the busiest freeway interchanges in all of North America at the I-85/I-285 NE Spaghetti Junction interchange, with the site of the old General Motors plant continuing to be the subject of much spectulation into possible redevelopment into a future mixed-use mini-city, and with neighboring Chamblee already being the site of a rising amount of redevelopment...the opening of the new QT, the new Zaxby's, the new McDonald's and the new Krispy Kreme could very well signal some upcoming redevelopment of the Buford Highway corridor and the Doraville area.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:49 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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I just took Buford Highway yesterday, and was relatively struck by some redevelopment happening right around I-285.

I noticed a few months ago they had built a third generation QT, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything since gas stations are needed everywhere.

But just north of I-285, I noticed there is a new Zaxby's, a nice new brick McDonald's, and a brand new Krispy Kreme that isn't open yet.

While this might not be the kind of development that most people would hope for in their backyards, it is a sign of promise. These chains won't go into an area unless they think they are economically viable, and they built high-end versions.

So it's just McDonald's, Zaxby's, and Krispy Kreme, but that's better than the past several years when it's been hard to find many recognizable names on this stretch of road. Could this signal some upcoming redevelopment of the area?
Easy answer: 20 something Korean kids. They're trying to cash in on how popular the bakery/coffee houses are in the area.
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