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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

Cities are more than a mere collection of people and buildings. Sprawling in all directions from a modest downtown, Atlanta is a city of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own history and continually developing character. Atlanta is also a city of public and private institutions; of landmarks; of gathering places; of media of all stripes; and of events both popular and underground — all of which helps determine who we are.

As Atlantans, we are drawn together by our common stories, from the scandalous (state House leaders stepping aside due to sexcapades) to the absurd (African wildlife running loose on the Downtown Connector) to the inspirational (a local kid who slugs a three-run homer the first time he steps up to bat in Turner Field).

With Cityscape, we celebrate those stories, those political shifts, those public spaces — the shared experiences that define the place we call home.

— Scott Henry

Best bizarro news story

Ban on human microchipping
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year’s weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPINGmore...
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year’s weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPING needed a little something extra. As luck would have it, that came in the form of a DeKalb County woman invited to testify to a Senate committee about how “researchers with the federal government” implanted a microchip in her “vaginal-rectum area.” The microchip, she said, is activated by phone, like a beeper, with the number displayed “on billboards throughout the city.” Naturally, the committee OK’d the bill. less...

Best display of the power of the MSM

Susan Richardson TV Interview
This year’s turnover in state House leadership wasn’t brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker’s ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proofmore...
This year’s turnover in state House leadership wasn’t brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker’s ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof that the old-school news media can still affect big changes. less...

Best evidence of social progress

Gay elected officials
They still can’t marry in Georgia, but it’s clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission.more...
They still can’t marry in Georgia, but it’s clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission. And we’re not even counting politicians who are in the closet! In fact, the Fulton race came down to a runoff between two lesbian candidates who handily out-polled a couple of breeders with nary a mention of sexual preference along the way. less...

Best intown hipster hootenanny

Chomp and Stomp Cabbagetown Park
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What’s not to love about Cabbagetown’s annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beersmore...
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What’s not to love about Cabbagetown’s annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beers and rub shoulders with pretty much every cool kid residing south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. There are also a few booths selling crafts, as well as a variety of food from local restaurants and vendors, including an entire slow-roasted hog. But possibly the most welcoming feature of the C&S is its laid-back Cabbagetown vibe; it’s like one giant, day-long block party. Cabbagetown Park, Tye Street and Kirkwood Avenue. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

Best neighborhood for after-hours

Buford Highway
Atlanta’s “last call” doesn’t have to mean “good night.” Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don’t forget the slendermore...
Atlanta’s “last call” doesn’t have to mean “good night.” Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don’t forget the slender strippers of Pink Pony.) Top it off with 4:30 a.m. carne asada at any of the late-night authentic taquerias and you can see why Buford Highway beckons. less...

Best organic farm

Love is Love Farm

Best overall neighborhood

Poncey-Highland

Best place to people-watch

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Best intro to Atlanta history

Unseen Underground Walking Tour

Best person you love to hate

Erick Erickson
Back in the olden days (2007 or so), we genuinely liked Maconite Republican blogger ERICK ERICKSON, even though the only political issue we’ve ever agreed upon is the correct spelling of “America.” Nonetheless, we admired his smarts, willingness to break ranks with the GOP and early mastery ofmore...
Back in the olden days (2007 or so), we genuinely liked Maconite Republican blogger ERICK ERICKSON, even though the only political issue we’ve ever agreed upon is the correct spelling of “America.” Nonetheless, we admired his smarts, willingness to break ranks with the GOP and early mastery of a new medium. But sometime in 2008, Erickson began earning notoriety for lobbing partisan bombs. He declared jihad against any Republicans who criticized risible ignoramus Sarah Palin. He called Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy,” compared a White House spokesperson to a Nazi, called a sitting Supreme Court Justice a “goat-fucking child molester” and joked about greeting census workers at the door with a gun. Despite turning his name into a blogospheric synonym for gratuitous personal attacks, Erickson’s star continues to rise. And since no publicity is bad publicity for right wing pundits, CNN even gave Erickson a regular gig. www.peachpundit.com less...

Best rooftop view of lower Midtown

Georgian Terrace Hotel
You can get higher than the 19 floors occupied by the newer wing of the GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL, but you’ll likely be looking out a plate-glass window. The top of the near-century-old, Beaux Arts hotel at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, however, is the only place from whichmore...
You can get higher than the 19 floors occupied by the newer wing of the GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL, but you’ll likely be looking out a plate-glass window. The top of the near-century-old, Beaux Arts hotel at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, however, is the only place from which you can admire Midtown from above while enjoying the breeze in your hair, sipping a cocktail and dipping your toes in a rooftop pool. And when you dry off, you can head downstairs for drinks in the lobby bar or dinner in the brasserie-style Livingston restaurant. 659 Peachtree St. 800-651-2316. www.thegeorgianterrace.com. less...

Best way to see the city in a new way

Beltline’s Hiking and Bike Trails

Best hope for Atlanta gridlock

Regional transportation tax

Best kids’ radio show for non-kids

The Kids Are Alright
Airing Saturdays on 1690 (WMLB-AM), THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT touts itself as “kids’ music for everyone.” But that tag undersells the product. Each DIY-ish broadcast is a joyous riff on a single theme (summer, bugs, ice cream, etc.) lovingly curated from a vast library that ranges from the Pogues tomore...
Airing Saturdays on 1690 (WMLB-AM), THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT touts itself as “kids’ music for everyone.” But that tag undersells the product. Each DIY-ish broadcast is a joyous riff on a single theme (summer, bugs, ice cream, etc.) lovingly curated from a vast library that ranges from the Pogues to Emmylou Harris to Bo Diddley. You don’t need kids to appreciate its wit, indelible melodies and irresistible sing-alongs. www.1690wmlb.com/the-kids-are-alright less...

Best local blogger

Pecanne Log
Nowhere will you find more cleverly written posts on such Atlanta-centric topics as beer-swillin’ 1930s circus elephants, the city’s first parking deck or downtown’s hidden beauty than at PECANNE LOG. At a time when others have retreated to Twitter or Facebook (or given up blogging entirely), itsmore...
Nowhere will you find more cleverly written posts on such Atlanta-centric topics as beer-swillin’ 1930s circus elephants, the city’s first parking deck or downtown’s hidden beauty than at PECANNE LOG. At a time when others have retreated to Twitter or Facebook (or given up blogging entirely), its editor, “Christa,” remains one of Atlanta’s best observers of the city’s quirks, characters and history. www.pecannelog.com less...

Best amenity-laden hotel

The Mansion on Peachtree

Best local celebrity

Kevin Gillespie’s beard
What’s red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli’s Ice Cream and the “Ghetto” Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE’S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a “Top Chef” finalist and Jamesmore...

What’s red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli’s Ice Cream and the “Ghetto” Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE’S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a “Top Chef” finalist and James Beard semifinalist who can create a transcendent meal as easily with pork belly and veal chop as with a bundle of farm-fresh veggies, but it’s his Yukon Cornelius-inspired facial hair that’s earned him the national fame he deserves. Oh, and if you’re angling for a KGB sighting, your best bet is the dining room at Woodfire Grill. The best tables offer an unobstructed view of the open kitchen - and the chef’s lustrous beard.


Editor’s note: This blurb has been modified to correctly reflect Gillespie’s recognition from the James Beard Foundation.

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Best overlooked tourist spot

Westview Cemetery Westview Cemetery
Off the beaten path and underpublicized, WESTVIEW CEMETERY is one of the most picturesque spots in Atlanta. At nearly 600 acres, it’s the largest cemetery in the Southeast, boasting many of the features beloved of graveyard enthusiasts: ornate monuments and tombs, rolling hills and gardens, and, ofmore...
Off the beaten path and underpublicized, WESTVIEW CEMETERY is one of the most picturesque spots in Atlanta. At nearly 600 acres, it’s the largest cemetery in the Southeast, boasting many of the features beloved of graveyard enthusiasts: ornate monuments and tombs, rolling hills and gardens, and, of course, famous dead people, such as author Joel Chandler Harris, Coke founder Asa Candler and assorted mayors. Westview also stands apart for a magnificent stone abbey, its high walls and original gates and its iconic water tower resembling a castle turret. 1680 Westview Drive. 404-755-6611. &emdash;www.westviewcemetery.com. less...

Best sign that gay media is still alive

Project Q
Even before this year’s shuttering of Southern Voice, the popularity of PROJECT Q stood as evidence that the new media (i.e., a website) can keep the community informed and entertained with breaking news, cheeky columns and pop-culture updates. You gotta love an outfit that titles its daily event listingsmore...
Even before this year’s shuttering of Southern Voice, the popularity of PROJECT Q stood as evidence that the new media (i.e., a website) can keep the community informed and entertained with breaking news, cheeky columns and pop-culture updates. You gotta love an outfit that titles its daily event listings “The Gay Agenda.” www.projectqatlanta.com less...

Best validation of the big-city daily

Alan Judd and Heather Vogell
The ongoing coverage of the standardized test cheating scandal involving Atlanta schools by ALAN JUDD AND HEATHER VOGELL shows why a large daily newspaper is so vital to the welfare of a major city. The AJC, which first questioned suspicious test results and, more recently, graduation rates is the onlymore...
The ongoing coverage of the standardized test cheating scandal involving Atlanta schools by ALAN JUDD AND HEATHER VOGELL shows why a large daily newspaper is so vital to the welfare of a major city. The AJC, which first questioned suspicious test results and, more recently, graduation rates is the only local media entity with the resources to act as watchdog on such a complex issue. www.ajc.com less...

Best barely ITP park

Whittier Mill Park

Best OTP park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Best affordable day care

The Sunshine House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Primrose School


1197 Peachtree St., Suite 554, 404-745-9797, and other metro Atlanta locations.


www.primroseschools.com

Best annual event

Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


www.atlantatrackclub.org

Best bizarro local news story

Zebra loose on interstate
Runner-up: Woman crashes into Green’s liquor store for second time

Best landmark

Stone Mountain Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Fox Theatre


660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best local blogger

Lindsay Roberts and Lauren Kraselsky

Best local celebrity

Ludacris
Runner-up: Usher

Best local hero

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up: Jimmy Carter

Best local sports team

Atlanta Braves Turner Field

Runner-up: Atlanta Falcons


www.atlantafalcons.com

Best local TV anchor

Monica Pearson

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up: Brenda Wood


www.11alive.com

Best local TV, magazine, or newspaper reporter

Doug Richards

www.11alive.com


Runners-up:


Thomas Wheatley


www.clatl.com


AND


Chad Radford


www.clatl.com

Best picnic spot

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Stone Mountain Park


1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best public tennis court

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Candler Park


585 Candler Park Drive, www.candlerpark.org

Best radio DJ

Bert Weiss

Q100


thebertshow.com


Runner-up: Mara Davis


www.929dave.radio.com

Best volunteer program

Hands On Atlanta Hands On Atlanta

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best charity

Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta Community Food Bank

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive, 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best diverse college

Georgia State University Georgia State University

Runner-up: Emory University


www.emory.edu

Best free thing to do in Atlanta

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Centennial Olympic Park


265 Park Ave. W., 404-222-7275, www.centennialpark.com

Best Georgia beach retreat

Tybee Island

exploretybee.com


Runner-up: St. Simons Island


www.explorestsimonsisland.com

Best hiking spot

Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Kennesaw Mountain


900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountain.areaparks.com

Best local blog/blogger

The Quick + Dirty Dirty

Best overall radio station

Dave FM 92.9

929dave.radio.com


Runners-up:


Q100 99.7 FM


www.q100atlanta.com


AND


WRAS 88.5 FM


www2.gsu.edu

Best overrated thing about Atlanta

Buckhead

www.buckhead.net


Runner-up: Georgia Aquarium


225 Baker St., 404-581-4000, www.georgiaaquarium.org

Best person you hate to love

Nene Leakes

Runner-up: Neil Boortz


www.boortz.com

Best radio show

“The Bert Show”

thebertshow.com


Runner-up: “The Regular Guys”


www.atlrg.dnn.cumulus.net

Best underrated thing about Atlanta

Restaurant scene
Runner-up: Music scene and venues

Best local personality to follow on Twitter

Neal Boortz

twitter.com/talkmaster


Runner-up: Andisheh Nouaree


www.twitter.com/andishehnouraee

Best neighborhood to live in without a car

Midtown

midtownatlanta.org


Runner-up: Decatur


www.decaturga.com

Best OTP park

Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Kennesaw Mountain Park


900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, www.kennesaw.com

Best playground

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: John Howell Park


801 Virginia Ave., 404-222-8244, www.atlanta-midtown.com

Best urban radio station

103.3 (WVEE-FM)

v103.radio.com


Runner-up: 95.5 (WBTS-FM)


www.955thebeat.com

Best country music radio station

94.9 (WUBL-FM)

www.bullatlanta.com


Runner-up: 101.5 (WKHX-FM)


www.wkhx.com

Best dog park

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: ParkGrounds


142 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., 678-528-9901, www.parkgrounds.com

Best Georgia mountain escape

Blue Ridge Mountains

blueridgeonline.com


Runner-up: Helen


www.helenga.org

Best intown park

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Grant Park


840 Cherokee Ave., 404-624-0697, www.gpconservancy.org

Best jazz radio station

91.9 (WCLK-FM)

www.wclk.com


Runner-up: 91.1 (WREK-FM)


www.wrek.org

Best jogging path

Freedom Park Freedom Park

Runner-up: Silver Comet Trail


Cooper Lake Road at Mayell Road, 404-875-7284, www.pathfoundation.org

Best local athlete

Jason Heyward
Runner-up: Matt Ryan

Best local place to commune with nature

Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta Botanical Garden

Runner-up: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


www.nps.gov

Best local YouTube video

“FU BP” on Krog Street Tunnel
Runner-up: Pants on the ground

Best morning drive-time radio show

“The Bert Show”

thebertshow.com


Runner-up: NPR “Morning Edition”


www.npr.org

Best party school

University of Georgia

www.uga.edu


Runner-up: Georgia Institute of Technology


www.gatech.edu

Best place to people-watch

Little Five Points

littlefivepoints.net


Runner-up: Piedmont Park


400 Park Drive, 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

Best public pool

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Grant Park


840 Cherokee Ave., 404-521-0938, www.gpconservancy.org

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Best affordable day care

The Sunshine House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Primrose School


1197 Peachtree St., Suite 554, 404-745-9797, and other metro Atlanta locations.


www.primroseschools.com

Best annual event

Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


www.atlantatrackclub.org

Best bizarro local news story

Zebra loose on interstate
Runner-up: Woman crashes into Green’s liquor store for second time

Best bizarro news story

Ban on human microchipping
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year’s weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPINGmore...
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year’s weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPING needed a little something extra. As luck would have it, that came in the form of a DeKalb County woman invited to testify to a Senate committee about how “researchers with the federal government” implanted a microchip in her “vaginal-rectum area.” The microchip, she said, is activated by phone, like a beeper, with the number displayed “on billboards throughout the city.” Naturally, the committee OK’d the bill. less...

Best display of the power of the MSM

Susan Richardson TV Interview
This year’s turnover in state House leadership wasn’t brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker’s ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proofmore...
This year’s turnover in state House leadership wasn’t brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker’s ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof that the old-school news media can still affect big changes. less...

Best evidence of social progress

Gay elected officials
They still can’t marry in Georgia, but it’s clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission.more...
They still can’t marry in Georgia, but it’s clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission. And we’re not even counting politicians who are in the closet! In fact, the Fulton race came down to a runoff between two lesbian candidates who handily out-polled a couple of breeders with nary a mention of sexual preference along the way. less...

Best intown hipster hootenanny

Chomp and Stomp Cabbagetown Park
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What’s not to love about Cabbagetown’s annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beersmore...
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What’s not to love about Cabbagetown’s annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beers and rub shoulders with pretty much every cool kid residing south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. There are also a few booths selling crafts, as well as a variety of food from local restaurants and vendors, including an entire slow-roasted hog. But possibly the most welcoming feature of the C&S is its laid-back Cabbagetown vibe; it’s like one giant, day-long block party. Cabbagetown Park, Tye Street and Kirkwood Avenue. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

Best landmark

Stone Mountain Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Fox Theatre


660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best local blogger

Lindsay Roberts and Lauren Kraselsky

Best local celebrity

Ludacris
Runner-up: Usher

Best local hero

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up: Jimmy Carter

Best local sports team

Atlanta Braves Turner Field

Runner-up: Atlanta Falcons


www.atlantafalcons.com

Best local TV anchor

Monica Pearson

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up: Brenda Wood


www.11alive.com

Best local TV, magazine, or newspaper reporter

Doug Richards

www.11alive.com


Runners-up:


Thomas Wheatley


www.clatl.com


AND


Chad Radford


www.clatl.com

Best neighborhood for after-hours

Buford Highway
Atlanta’s “last call” doesn’t have to mean “good night.” Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don’t forget the slendermore...
Atlanta’s “last call” doesn’t have to mean “good night.” Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don’t forget the slender strippers of Pink Pony.) Top it off with 4:30 a.m. carne asada at any of the late-night authentic taquerias and you can see why Buford Highway beckons. less...

Best organic farm

Love is Love Farm

Best overall neighborhood

Poncey-Highland

Best picnic spot

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Stone Mountain Park


1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best place to people-watch

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Best public tennis court

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Candler Park


585 Candler Park Drive, www.candlerpark.org

Best radio DJ

Bert Weiss

Q100


thebertshow.com


Runner-up: Mara Davis


www.929dave.radio.com

Best volunteer program

Hands On Atlanta Hands On Atlanta

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best charity

Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta Community Food Bank

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive, 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best diverse college

Georgia State University Georgia State University

Runner-up: Emory University


www.emory.edu

Best free thing to do in Atlanta

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Centennial Olympic Park


265 Park Ave. W., 404-222-7275, www.centennialpark.com

Best Georgia beach retreat

Tybee Island

exploretybee.com


Runner-up: St. Simons Island


www.explorestsimonsisland.com

Best hiking spot

Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Kennesaw Mountain


900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountain.areaparks.com

Best intro to Atlanta history

Unseen Underground Walking Tour

Best local blog/blogger

The Quick + Dirty Dirty

Best overall radio station

Dave FM 92.9

929dave.radio.com


Runners-up:


Q100 99.7 FM


www.q100atlanta.com


AND


WRAS 88.5 FM


www2.gsu.edu

Best overrated thing about Atlanta

Buckhead

www.buckhead.net


Runner-up: Georgia Aquarium


225 Baker St., 404-581-4000, www.georgiaaquarium.org

Best person you hate to love

Nene Leakes

Runner-up: Neil Boortz


www.boortz.com

Best person you love to hate

Erick Erickson
Back in the olden days (2007 or so), we genuinely liked Maconite Republican blogger ERICK ERICKSON, even though the only political issue we’ve ever agreed upon is the correct spelling of “America.” Nonetheless, we admired his smarts, willingness to break ranks with the GOP and early mastery ofmore...
Back in the olden days (2007 or so), we genuinely liked Maconite Republican blogger ERICK ERICKSON, even though the only political issue we’ve ever agreed upon is the correct spelling of “America.” Nonetheless, we admired his smarts, willingness to break ranks with the GOP and early mastery of a new medium. But sometime in 2008, Erickson began earning notoriety for lobbing partisan bombs. He declared jihad against any Republicans who criticized risible ignoramus Sarah Palin. He called Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy,” compared a White House spokesperson to a Nazi, called a sitting Supreme Court Justice a “goat-fucking child molester” and joked about greeting census workers at the door with a gun. Despite turning his name into a blogospheric synonym for gratuitous personal attacks, Erickson’s star continues to rise. And since no publicity is bad publicity for right wing pundits, CNN even gave Erickson a regular gig. www.peachpundit.com less...

Best radio show

“The Bert Show”

thebertshow.com


Runner-up: “The Regular Guys”


www.atlrg.dnn.cumulus.net

Best rooftop view of lower Midtown

Georgian Terrace Hotel
You can get higher than the 19 floors occupied by the newer wing of the GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL, but you’ll likely be looking out a plate-glass window. The top of the near-century-old, Beaux Arts hotel at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, however, is the only place from whichmore...
You can get higher than the 19 floors occupied by the newer wing of the GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL, but you’ll likely be looking out a plate-glass window. The top of the near-century-old, Beaux Arts hotel at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, however, is the only place from which you can admire Midtown from above while enjoying the breeze in your hair, sipping a cocktail and dipping your toes in a rooftop pool. And when you dry off, you can head downstairs for drinks in the lobby bar or dinner in the brasserie-style Livingston restaurant. 659 Peachtree St. 800-651-2316. www.thegeorgianterrace.com. less...

Best underrated thing about Atlanta

Restaurant scene
Runner-up: Music scene and venues

Best way to see the city in a new way

Beltline’s Hiking and Bike Trails

Best hope for Atlanta gridlock

Regional transportation tax

Best kids’ radio show for non-kids

The Kids Are Alright
Airing Saturdays on 1690 (WMLB-AM), THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT touts itself as “kids’ music for everyone.” But that tag undersells the product. Each DIY-ish broadcast is a joyous riff on a single theme (summer, bugs, ice cream, etc.) lovingly curated from a vast library that ranges from the Pogues tomore...
Airing Saturdays on 1690 (WMLB-AM), THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT touts itself as “kids’ music for everyone.” But that tag undersells the product. Each DIY-ish broadcast is a joyous riff on a single theme (summer, bugs, ice cream, etc.) lovingly curated from a vast library that ranges from the Pogues to Emmylou Harris to Bo Diddley. You don’t need kids to appreciate its wit, indelible melodies and irresistible sing-alongs. www.1690wmlb.com/the-kids-are-alright less...

Best local blogger

Pecanne Log
Nowhere will you find more cleverly written posts on such Atlanta-centric topics as beer-swillin’ 1930s circus elephants, the city’s first parking deck or downtown’s hidden beauty than at PECANNE LOG. At a time when others have retreated to Twitter or Facebook (or given up blogging entirely), itsmore...
Nowhere will you find more cleverly written posts on such Atlanta-centric topics as beer-swillin’ 1930s circus elephants, the city’s first parking deck or downtown’s hidden beauty than at PECANNE LOG. At a time when others have retreated to Twitter or Facebook (or given up blogging entirely), its editor, “Christa,” remains one of Atlanta’s best observers of the city’s quirks, characters and history. www.pecannelog.com less...

Best local personality to follow on Twitter

Neal Boortz

twitter.com/talkmaster


Runner-up: Andisheh Nouaree


www.twitter.com/andishehnouraee

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