Accidentally without a car Part 5: coffee (and a bit of work) at Chattahoochee Coffee Company


I decided to make this episode of Accidentally Without a Car part recreational, part professional. So I packed up my laptop and a few other work supplies and headed to the Chattahoochee Coffee Company at Eddy at Riverview Landing.

I love coffees. I love meeting people in cafes, working in cafes and getting to know cafe regulars. I’ve underused Chattahoochee Coffee Company, and plan to fix it by starting with this walk. Having a cafe within walking distance is a treasure.

According to Google Maps, the route I took was 1.7 miles one way, but I added a fair amount of distance there and back by exploring the industrial cul-de-sacs west of Riverview Road.

The route I took was Brookside Dr. -> Roberts Drive -> Oakdale Road -> Dickerson Drive -> Riverview Road.

The first mile of the trip was in a typical suburban subdivision as pictured below.

The remarkable thing about the whole drive was that there were a number of steep hills like this at the top of Roberts Drive as it intersects with Oakdale Road.

Dickerson Drive is interesting because it is one of the last remnants of the semi-rural roads that covered South Cobb as recently as the 1980s. Sadly, the wooded area in the steep hillside has become a dump area for old furniture, tires and normal types of smaller waste that people throw away from cars.

One of the characteristics of driving everywhere is that you don’t necessarily notice this stuff, and if a problem is never noticed, it’s never fixed.

The bottom of Dickerson Drive features some of the industrial sites that still dominate large parts of Riverview Road.

As I rounded the corner of Riverview Road, the finished parts of Riverview Landing and what appears to be the perpetual construction of new buildings came into view.

I really hate to dwell on the negative things I see along my routes, as the walks are mostly pleasant, but I have to point out things like this.

The image below shows an almost new mixed-use road crushed by trucks or heavy construction equipment parked on it. It’s not the only one of them. There are several along the stretch of road closest to Dickerson Drive, where it ends. Building the path only to have it run over by the equipment involved in building the same mixed-use project is really pretty crazy.

When I worked in the construction and related industries, we didn’t really need to be told “don’t damage the existing work”, but if we damaged something, the subcontractor we were working for was responsible for repairs.

So now we come to the good part.

I bought a cup of coffee, sat at one of the outside tables and worked outside, moving on to iced tea later. It was a bit cloudy, and at times a tractor-trailer roared, but overall the experience reminded me of living a block from Joe’s Coffee in East Atlanta, before marriage and work took place. take me to Cobb County.

After working a few hours, I walked around and learned something I didn’t know. Smyrna built a municipal park adjacent to the river and the development, but I had never checked how Smyrna named the park.

Mystery solved. It’s Riverview Park, which is the obvious name. It’s the bandstand in front of rows of bleachers.

I strolled by the river, taking pictures of things I had photographed many times before, explored some of the industrial cul-de-sacs across Riverview Road, and then I made my way back.

In the next article, I plan to shift my focus to cycling, starting with getting my bike out of the garage, taking inventory of my supplies, and seeing if I can do enough maintenance myself. to put it in working order.

Although I can do a lot of my errands on foot, the bike will greatly extend my reach.

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