What the hell is up with all the Peachtree streets in Atlanta? I have a hotel on W Peachtree street (actually, W Peachtree St NW, although the hotel doesn’t advertise the “NW” part, and neither do some of the street signs. I get off the MARTA at the Arts Center stop ($6 roundtrip from the airport vs. probably a $40 one-way cab ride) and it’s a lively part of town with the arts center, restaurants, businesses and hotels. Lots of tourists and business travelers around, unfamiliar with the area. So why do they name every street going in every direction some version of Peachtree?
After a few wrong guesses, I start asking random people where W Peachtree St is, and it turns out that the natives don’t know either. The point me in the direction I had just come from, including one to W Peachtree St NE (?) I wondered “What’s next, EW Peachtree St?” “No, dude, you want Upside Down Peachtree Street.” I finally accosted a UPS driver who knew my hotel and guided me in the right direction, which was 200 yards from the MARTA stop.
Also, what is up with the guys just hanging out? They’re everywhere - on street corners, on the steps of buildings, and especially at the train stop. I expected to be hit up for spare change, but no, they just king of nod politely at you as you walk by.