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About The City Of Chamblee

A view of City Hall in downtown Chamblee.Chamblee is a city over 100 years old located in north DeKalb County in between the cities of Doraville and Brookhaven. Its motto, “A City on the Right Track,” and the “Community Feel.

Global Appeal,” slogans it has recently adopted, do a good job of describing the culture in the up and coming city. Recently, Chamblee has revitalized itself into a popular area for young professionals and families, alike.

Numerous annual events take place within its limits, and shopping and dining options are opening all the time. Its neighborhoods are popular, as well, with Ashford Park, Keswick Village, Huntley Hills, and Sexton Woods lying within Chamblee’s borders. Its diverse communities and family-friendly events make Chamblee a trendy, up and coming city.

City History

Originally dairy farms, the city of Chamblee became the popular city that it now is during the late 1800s when two railroads were built through the middle of the city. One went from Atlanta to North Carolina while the other carried workers to and from Roswell. Eventually, the US Post Office built an office near these railroad tracks, and the city of Chamblee was born in 1907.

Chamblee was a military site during both World Wars I and II, an event that helped the city grow exponentially. General Motors opened its plant just after World War II and brought an influx of blue collar workers into the city, along with numerous businesses along the quickly-growing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Parks & Recreation

  • Clairmont Park - A small park just north of PDK Airport that connects two of Chamblee’s oldest neighborhoods, Gordon Acres and Clairmont Hills. In addition to walking paths between these two areas, Clairmont Park features a play area and plenty of space for picnics and play.
  • Huntley Hills Park - A small neighborhood park that features a play area, walking paths, a bridge, butterfly garden, and a Little Free Library.
  • Keswick Park - Chamblee’s largest park, is more than 45 acres and situated in the middle of Keswick Village. The park has plenty of walking trails, a dog park, numerous sports fields, a picnic shelter and tables, and grills.
  • Peachtree Park - Located next to the police station and city hall, this park features a gazebo and picnic tables.
  • Shallowford Park - A family park, stretching just over 1 acre. It features a playground, picnic area, and walking trails, as well as a large field perfect for play.
  • Village Park - Chamblee’s newest park, it is located just at the intersection of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and New Peachtree Road. In addition to a large playground, Village Park boasts an open play area with picnic tables.

Popular Shopping & Dining

Chamblee is known for its antique row, the largest collection of antique and vintage stores in the southeast. More than 14 shops are clustered together, making shopping an easy and exciting venture. In recent years, numerous boutique restaurants have opened to much fanfare. From small lunch cafes to popular dinner destinations, the restaurant scene in Chamblee is one to keep an eye on.

Chamblee is also home to around 50,000 Chinese-Americans, which has led to Atlanta Chinatown. Nearby to the MARTA station and multi-cultural Buford Highway, Atlanta Chinatown is an excellent example of a modern Chinatown with interesting food, shopping, and cultural activities available there. Atlanta Chinatown is located in a shopping center which houses bakeries, restaurants, cosmetic stores, bookstores, and a Chinese newspaper.

Recent And Current Developments

In recent years, Chamblee has made the decision to push hard for revitalization, and development within the Chamblee city limits has exploded. Numerous luxury apartment and condo buildings have been constructed. The revitalization of Chamblee Plaza (now The Blee on Peachtree) is in the works, with plans for a food hall, pocket park, retail space, natural foods grocery, artists market, and loft-style apartments. A Whole Foods is planned for the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody and Peachtree Boulevard, and many of the car dealerships further north have remodeled and expanded.

Annual Events

  • Breakfast With Santa - Takes place every December right before the holidays and includes live reindeer.
  • Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll - Starting at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), participants choose between a 1K or 5K run.
  • Daddy Daughter Dance - This annual, semi-formal event occurs the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Girls 8th grade and younger can bring fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc.
  • Fourth Friday Concert Series - Starting the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, the City of Chamblee has a concert at Peachtree Park (City Hall Park) on the fourth Friday of every month.
  • Fourth of July Celebration - This event is fun for the entire family. It includes live music, food and one of the best fireworks shows around.
  • Halloween Spooktacular - Typically held the Saturday before Halloween, this event includes a costume contest and 5K costume race.
  • PDK Good Neighbor Day Airshow - Every spring Georgia’s second largest airport opens its doors to the public and hosts an entertaining Airshow.
  • Taste of Chamblee - An annual street festival held in September in the heart of Chamblee. In addition to offering food from 20-30 restaurants, this event also offers live entertainment and talented artists.

Demographics & Lifestyle

Chamblee’s population lies just under 10,000 at 9,892. 45% of the population is white, 7% black, 4.6% Asian, and 58.5% Hispanic or Latino. 33.9% of households have children under the age of 18 living there, while 46.4% are married couples with no children. 4.1% of households are those aged 65+, living alone.

23.3% of the population is under 18, 17.9% aged 18-24, and 41% from 25-44. 12.8% of the population is aged from 45 to 64, and 5% is aged 65 years and up. The median income for a household in the city of Chamblee is $45,992, and 16.7% of families earn more than $100,000 annually.

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