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Old 01-24-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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I know this area's undergone a lot of development in recent years, but how safe is the area around Howell Mill Road south of the Waterworks these days? There seems to be a number of great restaurants within walking distance of Westside Urban Market/White Provision (e.g., La Fonda, Six Feet Under, etc.) And some interesting bars (e.g., Northside Tavern). But how safe is this part of town? It seems yuppified a good bit, but I've also seen people complain about this area being "rough" in places.

How do people feel about this area, in general? Would you feel safe walking from restaurant to bar at night?
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I've never felt unsafe in this area. You should be fine.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'd be very surprised if there are any sidewalks, let alone crosswalk lights. GOOD LUCK
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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I'd be very surprised if you ever had anything positive to say on here. I thought you wanted to get out of here years ago.

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I'd be very surprised if there are any sidewalks, let alone crosswalk lights. GOOD LUCK
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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I think it's safe but it just isnt that walkable in my opinion compared to Midtown/Lil5Points/VAHI. Tons of good restaurants, shops and markets in the area but alot of it is fairly disconnected. Hopefully they can begin to address the walkability issues as more spaces are rented out and built more densely.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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I agree with Atlantasfinest -- this part of West Midtown is an area with a lot of potential but it isn't particularly easy to walk around in many places right now. I'm hoping some serious streetscape/crosswalk improvements are made to go along with all the of the recent development here.

Your biggest safety problem would probably be just dodging the cars that whizz by as you walk on the occasionally patchy, narrow (and in some places nonexistent) sidewalks and cross the road. I've spent lots of time here and haven't encountered any crime yet myself. Looking at stats on the Atlanta police web site would give you some clear numbers.

Some of my favorite restaurants and hangouts are here. Octane Coffee in particular is my favorite place for coffee in the city and Hop City is a great beer store.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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Default Westside Waterworks and safe and walkable

I've lived in the area for three years and have experienced it emerge.

It is very safe - safer than Virginia Highlands (they had a shooting death in a parking lot) and Midtown and Buckhead. And is it very walkable.

Look - it's a former warehouse district. It looks different so some people freak out. Candidly, the locals and high income visitors hang out here and party. The restuarants are unbeateable - the best in town. Lots of cool boutiques and artzy places.

Walking is fine. If you want perfect sidewalks and strip shopping centers, maybe you should stay in the suburbs. A lot of money has been put in the area by some pretty smart people and some pretty smart people frequesnt the area. I love it. It's safe and fun and walkable.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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smart people? unfortunate, i have found this town toxic almost everywhere...good luck...i am still looking too!!

if the cars dont run you over or if you dont get lung cancer from the exhaust, you might end up with a 3rd eye from the chemicals in the air....lol

Toxic Pollution and schools - Latest Toxic Release Inventory TRI Google Maps - EPA Risk Management Plans

hope some day politicians wake up and get rid of all industry in urban centers. atl is one of the worst for sure
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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Been there many times and never felt unsafe. I wouldn't worry too much.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Just wanted to weigh in that, since the day I posted this thread almost three years ago, I've actually moved into this area. It's definitely walkable and safe, IMO, but the sidewalks really do need some work in certain patches. In particular, the sidewalk sort of disappears along Howell Mill between 10th Street and Marietta. And I wish there were consistent sidewalks on both sides of 14th street on the Westside up to Howell Mill.

I think the T-SPLOST would have addressed some of these issues. Since it's now failed, I hope the city doesn't yet again sweep sidewalk improvements under the rug.
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