New to Atlanta? Don't worry...it seems like almost everyone in Atlanta is from somewhere else! This diversity of backgrounds is one of the things that makes Atlanta great. If you don't want everyone to know you're new in town, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the terms below.
Brookwood Split: Where I-75 and I-85 split heading northbound, in the vicinity of the neighborhoods of Brookwood and Brookwood Hills, forming the south boundary of Buckhead.
Cobb Cloverleaf: Intersection of I-75 and I-285 on the northwest side of town, in Cobb County.
Downtown Connector: The section of highway where I-75 and I-85 join as one and pass through downtown. Often shortened to simply, "The Connector."
East Freeway: Another name for I-20 from downtown through the east side of metro Atlanta.
Financial Center Tunnel: Section of Georgia 400 that passes under the Atlanta Financial Center, in Buckhead.
Freedom Parkway: Parkway running from the Downtown Connector to Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Friday 500: A reference to Friday's worse-than-usual evening rush hour which seems resemble a NASCAR race.
Grady Curve: Giant curve in the Downtown Connector, near Grady Hospital, tends to slow traffic when heavy.
House hunting can be fun and exciting, but it can also be frustrating at times, especially if you're in a strange new city. We love Atlanta, but if you're new to town, you'll have some special annoyances to get used to as you drive around the various Intown Atlanta neighborhoods shopping for homes.
Getting to know Atlanta can be difficult to the newcomer for a number of reasons. One of the first things you'll notice is that it's very common for the street that you're driving on to change names without notice. There are examples of this all over Atlanta; Monroe becomes Boulevard, Briarcliff becomes Moreland and E. Rock Springs becomes N. Decatur.
It can get even more confusing. In Midtown, Spring Street is one-way southbound, but in Downtown, Spring Street is one-way northbound! Don't worry, you don't have people crashing into each other, because Spring Street in Midtown isn't even the same street as Spring Street in Downtown. The southbound Spring Street in Midtown becomes Centennial Olympic Park Drive in Downtown. The northbound Spring Street in Downtown turns into West Peachtree in Midtown.
That segues nicely into our next pet-peeve: multiple roads with variations of the same name. And "Peachtree" is the most common example. According to Wikipedia, there are 71 streets in Atlanta with some version of "Peachtree" in their name. There's Peachtree Street, West Peachtree Street, Peachtree Road, Peachtree Drive, Peachtree Park Drive, Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Walk, Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, and ... we'll, you get the idea. Peachtree...