Like the breakthrough acts that grace its stages nightly, East Atlanta Village (EAV) has a comeback story you won't even believe. This neighborhood has been on the hustle for centuries, ever since Flat Shoals Avenue was a native trade route known as Sandtown Trail. The Civil War brought Union encampments to the area, and the bloody battles waged over the strategic munitions hub of Atlanta are re-enacted annually at the local B*ATL history festival. On a single summer's day in 1864, 12,000 soldiers were killed here, including Confederate General Walker and Union General McPherson. Flat Shoals became a key thoroughfare for post-war reconstruction, and a community soon cropped up along the streetcar line three miles east of downtown. Community spirit prevailed in this pioneering integrated neighborhood, which raised donations to build its own library, movie house, and Brownwood Park Community Garden. After a 1980s decline that left the neighborhood half-abandoned, EAV has come roaring back to life. The neighborhood throws on creative costumes and hits its stride at the arty annual East Atlanta Strut, and raises a toast or ten to progress at the East Atlanta Beer Fest. The Earl regularly showcases alt-acts and new genres, from doom soul to roots rock. Gay karaoke and DJ sets rock the house at Mary's, and there are live jazz bands upstairs and DJ sets downstairs at the Graveyard. Barflies swear by the Mother Clucker (egg and sausage roll) at Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand, but for maximum local flavor, hit East Atlanta Farmers Market 4 to 8 pm Thursdays for chef demos and fierce peach cobbler competitions.
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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 East Atlanta Village