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Old 02-18-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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Duluth / Suwanee: several Korean churches, Korean supermarkets (Assi market in Suwanee and Pleasant Hill Rd, several Super H Mart), lot of Korean community. Suburban feel. Northern suburbs.

Buford Hwy / Doraville: more urban feel, lot of Oriental businesses on Buford Hwy. Probably Korean community there. Inside the 285 loop.

Norcross is right inbetween these two areas, so if you stay there you should be covered. There is a wide range of hotels (hilton included) in Norcross. Perimeter (which some one else mentioned) is also a good in-between location, but Norcross is better for this purpose.

It might be worth your time and money if you are not traveling super-long distance to come here.
I don't have 'a lot' of first hand knowledge or experience with hotels/motels in the Norcross/Peachtree Corners area but what I have gleaned from assorted news sources is that there are some 'problems' in this area---Medlock Bridge Rd, Holcomb Bridge Rd and closer to Doraville the infamous Jimmy Carter Blvd. I wouldn't advise anyone to consider staying in that vicinity.

If other posters have 'new' FYI this might be a good time to post an update. I'm relieved to hear that things are going better in Duluth/Gwinnett Mall/Pleasant Hill Rd--there were a few serious headline news stories that featured Satellite Blvd last year and I became skeptical of safety in this area.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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I don't have 'a lot' of first hand knowledge or experience with hotels/motels in the Norcross/Peachtree Corners area but what I have gleaned from assorted news sources is that there are some 'problems' in this area---Medlock Bridge Rd, Holcomb Bridge Rd and closer to Doraville the infamous Jimmy Carter Blvd. I wouldn't advise anyone to consider staying in that vicinity.

If other posters have 'new' FYI this might be a good time to post an update. I'm relieved to hear that things are going better in Duluth/Gwinnett Mall/Pleasant Hill Rd--there were a few serious headline news stories that featured Satellite Blvd last year and I became skeptical of safety in this area.
I have no reason to defend any area of the metro - but your alert on areas OTP, is not very different than people saying "dont go to Atlanta because it is filled with crime". The area I was thinking about was Peachtree Corners (near Forum on Peachtree) which I believe is Norcross?

May be I will clarify this as "Peachtree Corners" area (rather than Norcross in genral). Peachtree Corners is definitely mid way between the Burford Hwy corridor and Duluth/Suwanee, OP will have a good experience.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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I don't have 'a lot' of first hand knowledge or experience with hotels/motels in the Norcross/Peachtree Corners area but what I have gleaned from assorted news sources is that there are some 'problems' in this area---Medlock Bridge Rd, Holcomb Bridge Rd and closer to Doraville the infamous Jimmy Carter Blvd. I wouldn't advise anyone to consider staying in that vicinity.

If other posters have 'new' FYI this might be a good time to post an update. I'm relieved to hear that things are going better in Duluth/Gwinnett Mall/Pleasant Hill Rd--there were a few serious headline news stories that featured Satellite Blvd last year and I became skeptical of safety in this area.
Honestly, the rule with Norcross is stay above Buford Hwy. You cross that road, and it's like another world, haha. I have never heard of any problems with the Medlock Bridge area, it's pretty affluent. Once you get into the Peachtree Corners part, there really are very very few problems. Anything in the Peachtree Parkway vicinity is generally upscale, clean and safe.

Also, Gwinnett Place did have some pretty high priority things happen in 08 and 09. However, crime has come down in the area by double digits. That's due in large part to the CID, which is paying for extra security. Also, there has been some redevelopment that are wiping out the older 'iffy' spots. I can hope for nothing more than this to continue.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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If other posters have 'new' FYI this might be a good time to post an update. I'm relieved to hear that things are going better in Duluth/Gwinnett Mall/Pleasant Hill Rd--there were a few serious headline news stories that featured Satellite Blvd last year and I became skeptical of safety in this area.
I am sure there willbe some issues related to Duluth/Gwinnett Mall/Pleasant Hill Rd. But nothing that should stop OP from visiting these areas.
OP is just
(a) visiting the metro (this would be the two areas I previously mentioned), and
(b) looking for a convenient place to stay (I recommend Peachtree Corners from a geographic point of view, between the two areas to visit. Perimeter area is probably nicer, but slightly further distance-wise).
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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Honestly, the rule with Norcross is stay above Buford Hwy. You cross that road, and it's like another world, haha. I have never heard of any problems with the Medlock Bridge area, it's pretty affluent. Once you get into the Peachtree Corners part, there really are very very few problems. Anything in the Peachtree Parkway vicinity is generally upscale, clean and safe.

Also, Gwinnett Place did have some pretty high priority things happen in 08 and 09. However, crime has come down in the area by double digits. That's due in large part to the CID, which is paying for extra security. Also, there has been some redevelopment that are wiping out the older 'iffy' spots. I can hope for nothing more than this to continue.
There have been 'problems' in the Medlock Bridge Rd-Holcomb Bridge Rd/Peachtree Industrial Rd area during the past year. There's a strip of older motels and apartments in this area --and it isn't as safe as it once was.
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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There have been 'problems' in the Medlock Bridge Rd-Holcomb Bridge Rd/Peachtree Industrial Rd area during the past year. There's a strip of older motels and apartments in this area --and it isn't as safe as it once was.
I have heard of the problems starting to creep up along Holcomb Bridge due to the apartment complexes. However, I wasn't really aware of any problem along Medlock, there are only 2 apartment complexes that I can really think of, both being closer to Norcross. However, I wouldn't tell anyone to avoid those areas. There may be a few isolated events, but that doesn't mean we should stop going over there. I have to travel down Medlock to go to Trader Joe's for my two buck chuck wine! hehe

As with any metro in the US with millions of people, we should all take notice of our surroundings and try to stay safe. While most people are good intentioned, not everyone is.
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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I have heard of the problems starting to creep up along Holcomb Bridge due to the apartment complexes. However, I wasn't really aware of any problem along Medlock, there are only 2 apartment complexes that I can really think of, both being closer to Norcross. However, I wouldn't tell anyone to avoid those areas. There may be a few isolated events, but that doesn't mean we should stop going over there. I have to travel down Medlock to go to Trader Joe's for my two buck chuck wine! hehe

As with any metro in the US with millions of people, we should all take notice of our surroundings and try to stay safe. While most people are good intentioned, not everyone is.
I think the area is safe 'in general' but IIRC, last summer or fall there were several incidents---drug related. I lived out there in the mid 70's when it was 'New' and really liked this area so I notice change. There is an extended stay motel there--across from a nice subdivision going toward Norcross. On the other side--P'tree Industrial behind the Waffle House there are 2 or 3 older motels and I think a less desirable element can be found here.

Holcomb Bridge Rd is not what it once was, jmo but I hope proactive measures are in place to 'hold the line'.

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Old 02-18-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Here are some local food bloggers that might point you in the right direction for Korean cuisine in the Doraville and Duluth area.

Chow Down Atlanta

http://eatbufordhighway.wordpress.com/ (this link was not opening for some reason)

The Blissful Glutton

Atlanta Korean Restaurants

And my favorite website to learn to cook Korean dishes can be found at Cooking Korean food with Maangchi: Korean cooking, recipes, restaurants, reviews, videos, podcast, photos, cookbook, DVD, and blog
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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The problem is that Doraville doesn't have a good number of hotels. I read the reviews of the few hotels they do have and most the reviews aren't so favorable. So it may have to be Duluth, but I don't want to drive 20-30 minutes each day to go the local attractions.
For the most Korean experience stay in Duluth. The Doraville area is a mix of Korean,Vietnamese,Chinese and Mexican.

Super H is the biggest Korean store in Duluth.

Super H Mart - Duluth, GA

There are also lots of Korean restaurants and shops in the mini malls near Steve Reynolds & Satellite.

Korean Duluth

There are a few hotels near Pleasant Hill Rd. and the 85. However I would stay a little farther up Satellite at one of the newer hotels near Duluth Highway and 85 like LaQuinta Inn.

La Quinta Inn Atlanta - Duluth (http://images.leonardo.com/hotels/LQ/La%20Quinta%20Inn%20Atlanta%20-%20Duluth.html - broken link)

Driving Directions from 2370 Stephens Center Dr Duluth, Georgia to 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth, Georgia

This location has easy access to 85 and is also close to Discover Mills Mall. Its not Korean but the kids will love Jillians.

A closer alternative is the Residence Inn which is a short drive up Steve Reynolds to the Korean stuff.

Residence Inn Atlanta Gwinnett Place

Driving Directions from 1760 Pineland Rd Duluth, Georgia to 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth, Georgia
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