I live on North Avenue, work on North Avenue, play on North Avenue. And everyone in Atlanta knows the famous graphic images on the street. North is one of Atlanta’s oldest streets, a straight shot that runs perpendicular to Peachtree. It holds the full spectrum of life in Atlanta, and some of the city’s most iconic graphic images and exciting development projects, like Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline. Scroll over individual images for captions. And share your pictures and stories of North Avenue, another part of Atlanta, or somewhere in a different city altogether!
Our starting point, the east end of the 2-mile route.
Freedom Park, in between Poncey-Highland and Little Five Points.
Nice woman having a cup of coffee in the sun
This image on the wall of Videodrome reminds me of the billboard in “The Great Gatsby.”
The King of Pops set up shop on my corner at North and Highland a few years ago, under this rainbow umbrella.
Manuel’s Tavern, at North and Highland, is an institution. When people ask where I live, I say, “Near Manuel’s,” and they usually say, “Oh, yeah.”
A little jam session in the Manuel’s parking lot
Sunny day after a cold snap, not far from Manuel’s Tavern.
The century-old Highland School was turned into loft condos a decade ago. (Full disclosure: I own one.) Beautiful building, lots of character, great neighbors.
This road is full of Atlanta icons!
Heading west, crossing Freedom Parkway
The Masquerade rock hall brings in acts that are pretty edgy for me, most of the time. Although I did get to see an amazing show in the back one day with Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Scissor Sisters. Awesome.
Hand in hand, lovers enjoy a stroll under the Beltline.
The Beltline, one of the country’s most ambitious urban renewal projects, rises above North Avenue here.
Ponce City Market is a really exciting development going in at the old Sears building, which was later used as Atlanta’s City Hall East. This is going to be great, especially with the beltline, skateboard park and everything else that’s being developed.
Staff members at 4th and Swift restaurant sample the day’s menu before the shift starts. Try the signature Three Little Pigs. Oink-oink good.
I love this painting next to Dancing Goats coffee at Ponce City Market. In fact, I love everything about Dancing Goats and Ponce City Market. Great coffee, huge project — and hailed recently as a top (coming) tourist attraction.
Inside the Dancing Goats big, screened-in porch. Great coffee shop. I hope it’s a sign of things to come in Ponce City Market.
Morning drive into town on the less-scenic stretch between Freedom Parkway and Midtown.
Across from Burger King and Tastee Freeze, boarded up windows next to vacant lots where projects used to be, in this still low-income neighborhood.
Just a bit closer to downtown, lots of apartment complexes went up about 8-10 years ago.
North crosses the city’s most famous street, Peachtree, with The Fox Theater just a block north.
This is the Windsor Over Peachtree, on the corner of North and Peachtree. It’s a mid-rise condo building that was my first Atlanta home when it was apartments back in the late ’90s.
I like this Instagram-ed version of a photo of the Bank of America building. When I first moved here, I used the skyscraper (Atlanta’s tallest) as a beacon to find my way home, since it’s right across North Avenue from my first apartment.
Another icon of Atlanta. I love the design; the food, not so much.
Looks like she agrees with me.
Crossing the bridge over the Downtown Connector gives a nice view of downtown .
The Georgia Tech campus is beautiful.
And finally Coca-Cola headquarters toward the west end of the road.
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