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What you don’t know about East Point

[Image originally published in 2010] Keri Bulloch (center) plays with her 2.5-year-old daughter Elliott as husband Chris Bulloch (right) watches the East Point Possums drag show on Saturday. The Bullochs are young professionals who have lived in East Point for eight years.
[Image originally published in 2010] Keri Bulloch (center) plays with her 2.5-year-old daughter Elliott as husband Chris Bulloch (right) watches the East Point Possums drag show on Saturday. The Bullochs are young professionals who have lived in East Point for eight years.

Credit: Chris Dunn

Credit: Chris Dunn

We asked our readers to fill out a survey telling us what makes their neighborhood unique. They gave us great insight into what they love about their neighborhood and what others should know.

According to readers, here’s what you probably didn’t know about East Point, and what you probably should:

1. It's closer than you think.  If you've ridden MARTA to the south end of the line, you've stopped at East Point. But do you know exactly where you are?  Named for being at the opposite end of the Atlanta & West Point Railroad, East Point is just 10 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta and about five miles from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

2. The City of East Point owns the Dick Lane Velodrome. A velodrome is an arena for track cycling, and this one is "the only velodrome in the world with a green space that contains a large oak tree and creek running through the in-field," according to the Dick Lane Velodrome website. Citizens of East Point are proud of this premier facility and encourage visitors to check it out.

3.Drag queen extravaganza raises thousands of dollars for charity. The Possum Show is an annual outdoor drag show leading up to the Atlanta Pride Festival. What started as a backyard barbecue in 1998 has become a citywide sensation and one of East Point's most celebrated events. The show is free, and all proceeds from tips and drink sales go to the selected nonprofit of the year.

4. You can get your fix of Mexican, Italian and American. Residents encourage you to try the food at Taco Pete, sit on the patio at Oz's pizza and enjoy a PBR at Corner Tavern.

5. "People live here." Enough said.