Melissa Weinman
Melissa Weinman at home in her loft in Cabbagetown.

By Melissa Weinman

The places we live often serve as much more than just a place to keep our things.

My old Poncey-Highland apartment was full of laughter, romance and adventure. I cherished the independence I felt there living on my own for the first time in Atlanta.

So when I realized I had outgrown that apartment, it was a thought that left me feeling both excited for what lay ahead and sad to close the door, literally, on a place that had been so important to me.

That apartment had become a vessel for my memories and crystallized a stage in my life. My story is one of many that will be painted over in the thick, white paint on those plaster walls.

But it was with a lot of excitement and optimism that I packed up my things and moved to Cabbagetown.

My boyfriend and I love our new loft. The high ceilings and concrete floors speak to his architectural sensibilities; for me, living in a renovated post-civil war cotton mill is a history lover’s dream.

Though it’s just a few minutes away, Cabbagetown feels like a different world. That’s the beauty of living Intown – each neighborhood has its own unique character, something new to explore.

I love walking my dog through the rows of technicolor houses in Cabbagetown, where porches are rarely home to wicker furniture, serving more often as corrals for extravagant collections of plants, folk art, flags and hanging lights.

And it’s great having Carroll Street just outside my door. The restaurants, bars, and even the errant palm tree on this bustling, narrow street make it almost seem disconnected in time and space from the otherwise industrial surroundings of east Atlanta.

It’s an exciting time to live in Cabbagetown. This curious pocket of the city is growing and changing as the construction on the Atlanta BeltLine moves forward, connecting this neighborhood to the rest of the city.

My life is in transition, and so is the place where I’m living.

From outside my new fifth floor window, I see the rusting equipment of the former Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills and the downtown skyline in the background. MARTA trains hiss by on tracks that seem to float in the air. The white stone monuments of historic Oakland Cemetery grow from the grass.

In the mornings, I like to look out those big windows at the past, present and future. It’s a hopeful view.

As well as being a new resident of Cabbagetown, Melissa Weinman is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.