first, where is the brook? second, haven from what?

So, Brookhaven: east of Buckhead, west of Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, south of 285 and north of the Connector. That’s my definition: others may differ.

(Speaking of which, did anyone else know there’s a historic tomb at the corner of Peachtree and Dresden?)

Should you care to explore Brookhaven, you can do so with the Atlanta Singles’ Running Club tonight and every Wednesday night. Or you can get in your car, with the usual warning that people run across Peachtree and/or Buford Highway all the time, not so much disregarding traffic as asserting their very pedestrianness in the face of traffic.

Other Brookhaven tidbits:

99 Ranch Market is a chain. But is it as ruthless as Whole Foods? Discuss.

The Dairy Queen at the corner of Clairmont and Skyland is the world’s earliest-closing Dairy Queen. Strangely, the bakery attached to Plaza Fiesta (not a chain) stays open much later.

The dim sum at Happy Valley (nestled in on the Buford Highway side of Plaza Fiesta) can be quite good, comparable to that of Hong Kong Harbor on Cheshire Bridge. A warning, though: go early, especially on a weekday. You don’t want to take a chance on the dishes being anything less than fresh.

Oglethorpe gets no credit. It’s so pretty! And Gothic! And . . . pretty! Granted, there’s not a whole lot happening on campus until the Shakespeare Festival gets started again. But do you really need such slick presentations? Picnic now, before the weather gets too warm and everyone else gets the same idea.

“Brookhaven takes pride in its history and diversity while looking to the future with its truly fine displays of New Urbanism.” HA. That from the website of Haven, a restaurant about which, I must admit, I have heard good things.

Does offer some slogan possibilities, though. Brookhaven: Truly Fine.
Or, Brookhaven: Close to Buckhead, But Not Annoyingly So.
Or, Brookhaven: Move Here and You Can Satisfy Every Apple Pancake Craving You’ve Ever Had.
Or, Brookhaven: If You Don’t Like It, There’s the MARTA Station, You Va-Hi Wannabe.

2 Comments so far

  1. Joseph G (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

    Some of the stuff you mentioned is actually in Chamblee & Doraville. And on Buford Highway, it’s not so much the assertive pedestrians you have to watch out for as it is the drunken ones.

  2. Dignan (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

    I am amazed at what is called Brookhaven these days. I live almost right next to Oglethorpe and I think it is a bit of a stretch to call that Brookhaven. Certainly down at Skyland isn’t Brookhaven. But it is a very nice area and is improving, especially with all the new development in Lynwood Park.

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