The wrong side of the tracks never felt so right. Tucked behind a defunct rail yard, the neighborhood formerly known as Factory Town has industrial cool and street creds galore. Running under the tracks into Cabbagetown is century-old Krog Street Tunnel, which has a new lease on life as a graffiti art showcase and hip hop album backdrop. The center of Cabbagetown is the landmarked Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, which opened in 1881 and closed a century later. The factory was recently remodeled into the largest loft community in the United States, smokestacks and all. After a string of bad luck that included a 1999 fire, 2008 tornado and the U.S. mortgage crisis, most units remain unsold and unrented. But newcomers are already settled into Cabbagetown's shotgun houses, and weekend crowds arrive hungry for smoked Georgia trout guacamole at Agave and fried green tomato BLTs at 97 Estoria. The odds are definitely in starving artists' favor at the annual Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, which features 60 bluegrass artists and 120 types of chili chased with craft SweetWater beer. If you feel a creative urge coming on, Cabbagetown Clay and Glass Works is a collectors-magnet art studio that also offers classes.
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Getting Around Atlanta
The easiest way to get around Atlanta is by car. Parking in entertainment, restaurant and hospital zones is limited to 4 hours, as designated by street signs, and is enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (http://www.parkatlanta.org/regulations.html) Atlanta's transit agency, MARTA, operates four lines through the city (http://www.itsmarta.com). MARTA Buses operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends. MARTA Trains operate from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains run every 15 minutes on all lines and every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. (http://www.itsmarta.com/hours-of-operations.aspx)
Nearby Airports
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport-ATL
Airport Taxis
  • $50-$60
Things to Do and See Near Cabbagetown