Loading...
 

Best of Atlanta 2013 Cityscape

 

Best Of Atlanta 2013 Cityscape (large)


Cityscape

We live in a great city. Originally built in the middle of nowhere, it was burned to the ground, rebuilt into the epicenter of the Southeast, hit hard by the recent recession, and is now growing once again. Business leaders will say this is because of our massive airport or the many Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, which is partly true. But while it's easy to credit the big names, more often it's the efforts of the little guys that are truly making a difference in building a better city: The oddballs and mysterious characters who make superhero outfits and patrol neighborhood streets. The new parks and greenspaces that are forming around us thanks to committed residents. The communities we're all trying to improve because we can't imagine ever leaving them. And the elected officials fighting the good fight Downtown. (Yes, they exist.)

In the last year we've celebrated a stray cat along the Atlanta Beltline, taken over the streets in the name of a young teen who died hundreds of miles away, invested in a more bike-friendly city, and seen a baseball player who had seemingly given up hope go on to become a living legend. Too often we focus on the ills of our fair city. But there is much more good in Atlanta than there is bad and that deserves recognition.

— Thomas Wheatley

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

Wild Cherri

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local Instagram feed BOA Award Winner

weloveatl

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

"Game Time" with Carl Dukes and Kordell Stewart on 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
atlanta.cbslocal.com

Best local weather guy/gal BOA Award Winner

Glenn Burns

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best public tennis court BOA Award Winner

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center AND Candler Park AND Grant Park

Best radio/DJ personality BOA Award Winner

Aly Young of 105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com
  • 1
  • 2 (current)
  • »

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

Darien Long Kickass Mall Cop
It started with YouTube clips of overzealous onsite manager and security guard Darien Long urging unruly people to move along at Downtown's Metro Mall, a building full of vendors hawking jeans, purses, and gold teeth. When his requests went unheeded, he turned to ... a taser. The videos, shot with amore...
It started with YouTube clips of overzealous onsite manager and security guard Darien Long urging unruly people to move along at Downtown's Metro Mall, a building full of vendors hawking jeans, purses, and gold teeth. When his requests went unheeded, he turned to ... a taser. The videos, shot with a camera mounted on the guard's chest, soon went viral, appearing on Reddit, World Star Hip Hop, and elsewhere, and thus was born Darien Long, Kickass Mall Cop. The jarring recordings of young men and women paralyzed by the electric shocks earned Long criticism for a seemingly vigilante approach to crime-fighting. Downtowners debated whether his tough-on-loiterers stance was good or bad for the area's image. But he also had his fans. Online admirers started a donation fund to purchase Long new equipment, ultimately raising more than $23,500. Fueled by the subtexts of class, race, and criminality, the controversy underscored the decades-long lack of economic development that has made South Downtown ripe for gentrification. And Long, with his aggressive tactics and subversive videos, seemed like the perfect pawn for such an endgame. In late March, however, Long said he was being let go from his gig. Shortly after breaking the news to the public, he was arrested and charged with battery for tackling a mall patron whom he'd allegedly told not to return to the shopping complex. "When you're a whistleblower, you're a hero to some and the scum of the earth to others," he said the day before his arrest. less...

Best blogger BOA Award Winner

Terry Kearns
If you find an Atlanta building charming, chances are Terry Kearns has blogged about it. If you're wondering what happened to one of your favorite structures, he's probably videotaped its demolition, complete with commentary. The bespectacled Web designer and architecture buff is a ubiquitous presencemore...
If you find an Atlanta building charming, chances are Terry Kearns has blogged about it. If you're wondering what happened to one of your favorite structures, he's probably videotaped its demolition, complete with commentary. The bespectacled Web designer and architecture buff is a ubiquitous presence at art gallery happenings around town, and painstakingly details the cornices, columns, and goings-on in the local development world. www.architecturetourist.blogspot.com. less...

Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

NeNe Leakes

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Maria Saporta

Best new Atlanta sports legend BOA Award Winner

Evan Gattis
How's this for a story? Dallas native Evan Gattis' improbable road to the majors started with a tumultuous college career filled with overwhelming anxiety, self-medication with drugs and booze, and a rehab stint. He quit baseball and went on to become a parking valet, a pizza parlor employee, a ski-liftmore...
How's this for a story? Dallas native Evan Gattis' improbable road to the majors started with a tumultuous college career filled with overwhelming anxiety, self-medication with drugs and booze, and a rehab stint. He quit baseball and went on to become a parking valet, a pizza parlor employee, a ski-lift operator, and a janitor. After meeting a spiritual advisor, he decided to give baseball one more shot, and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Fast forward after three years in the minors and "El Oso Blanco" is now one of the team's breakout stars and a viable Rookie of the Year candidate. www.twitter.com/BulldogBeing. less...

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

"Southside" Steve Rickman

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

Little Five Points

Best print journalist BOA Award Winner

Greg Bluestein
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development,more...
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development, but it quickly became clear that he could cover anything. Bluestein's name started appearing on political stories and pretty much everything else. In addition to uncovering questionable expenses that led to the resignation of the Atlanta Beltline's CEO, he's reported on corporations underwriting Gov. Nathan Deals trip to China and Gold Dome shenanigans during the legislative session. He's an attack dog and a workhorse and he's one of the biggest strengths at the metro region's paper of record. www.twitter.com/Bluestein. less...

Best reaction to a bad idea BOA Award Winner

Smart Growth Atlanta
About a year ago, veteran Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua announced plans to turn a defunct Glenwood Park cement factory along the Atlanta Beltline into a massive retail center. The proposed shopping complex included a 143,000-square-foot big-box anchor tenant rumored to be a Walmart and a sea of parkingmore...
About a year ago, veteran Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua announced plans to turn a defunct Glenwood Park cement factory along the Atlanta Beltline into a massive retail center. The proposed shopping complex included a 143,000-square-foot big-box anchor tenant rumored to be a Walmart and a sea of parking lots. Residents of Grant Park, Ormewood Park, and other surrounding communities quickly hired a lawyer and formed Smart Growth Atlanta and began fighting for a more walkable, denser development that meshes with the Beltline's vision. In July, their adamant pushback swelled to the point where hundreds of concerned opponents piled into City Hall to support an attempted rezoning effort. They heckled Fuqua's representatives and pressured Zoning Review Board members. After a small victory that evening, one local resident even wept tears of joy. It remains to be seen how Fuqua's proposal will pan out (Edgewood Retail District redux?), but it's clear that southeast Atlantans don't want the same car-centric development found in the suburbs - and want to protect the transit-oriented, walkable Beltline vision they helped create during planning meetings. www.smartgrowthatlanta.org. less...

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Arrest of Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best country radio station BOA Award Winner

94.9 (WUBL-FM)

Best dog park BOA Award Winner

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

Wild Cherri

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local Instagram feed BOA Award Winner

weloveatl

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

"Game Time" with Carl Dukes and Kordell Stewart on 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
atlanta.cbslocal.com

Best local weather guy/gal BOA Award Winner

Glenn Burns

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best new revitalization project BOA Award Winner

Emerald Corridor
If there's a part of Atlanta that's seen as little investment as southwest Atlanta, it's northwest Atlanta. Running through that long-overlooked part of town is Proctor Creek, a polluted waterway stretching from Vine City and English Avenue to the Chattahoochee River. It's an untapped asset that, thanksmore...
If there's a part of Atlanta that's seen as little investment as southwest Atlanta, it's northwest Atlanta. Running through that long-overlooked part of town is Proctor Creek, a polluted waterway stretching from Vine City and English Avenue to the Chattahoochee River. It's an untapped asset that, thanks to a bold plan by some private developers, could become the Emerald Corridor, a linear park and bike trail flanked by smart development. The project has the blessing of the federal government and is far along in discussions with City Hall, which is providing some land. Much like the Beltline or every other project that aims to improve an area, it could spark questions and concerns about public investment and gentrification. But it has great potential to revitalize the area and will be something to watch unfold. less...

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best public tennis court BOA Award Winner

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center AND Candler Park AND Grant Park

Best radio/DJ personality BOA Award Winner

Aly Young of 105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best riverwalk BOA Award Winner

Island Ford
If you want a quiet hike or run in one of the Chattahoochee River's more scenic and less crowded areas (with plenty of nooks where you can take a dip, depending on the water quality) head to Island Ford. The approximately 300-acre North Fulton enclave, which serves as the recreation area's headquarters,more...
If you want a quiet hike or run in one of the Chattahoochee River's more scenic and less crowded areas (with plenty of nooks where you can take a dip, depending on the water quality) head to Island Ford. The approximately 300-acre North Fulton enclave, which serves as the recreation area's headquarters, boasts a trail through the forest and along the river with clear views of gently flowing water, shoals, kayaking, and geese galore. Unlike other sections of the river, Island Ford is relatively free from development. If you have any questions, stop by the well-maintained visitor station that was once the 1930s summer home - made with timber from the Okefenokee Swamp and Stone Mountain rock - of former Georgia Supreme Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. www.nps.gov/chat. less...

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best step to make Atlanta more bikeable BOA Award Winner

$2.5 million to bicycle projects
The Atlanta City Council made a wise move back in February when it dedicated $2.5 million to bicycle projects. The cash comes from unspent bond funding and the infrastructure upgrades, including bike lanes, are planned for Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Castleberry Hill, and portions of southwest Atlanta.more...
The Atlanta City Council made a wise move back in February when it dedicated $2.5 million to bicycle projects. The cash comes from unspent bond funding and the infrastructure upgrades, including bike lanes, are planned for Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Castleberry Hill, and portions of southwest Atlanta. The funding would also create the city's first-ever "bike boulevard" along James P. Brawley Drive, connecting Atlanta University Center to nearby neighborhoods. Some projects, including a two-way "cycle track" on 10th Street, have already been built. Others, including bike lanes along Ponce de Leon Avenue and Juniper Street, are underway or scheduled to begin soon. Once complete, they'll be a major boon to the city's bicycling community. www.atlantabike.org/comingup. less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best urban hike BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline's Southwest Trail
The Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail is a great place to visit if you want to get lost in a real-life artist's rendering of a smart-growth Nirvana. If you're in the mood for more rustic splendor, head south to Adair Park. There, the Beltline's Southwest Trail weaves through lush grass, between old warehouses,more...
The Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail is a great place to visit if you want to get lost in a real-life artist's rendering of a smart-growth Nirvana. If you're in the mood for more rustic splendor, head south to Adair Park. There, the Beltline's Southwest Trail weaves through lush grass, between old warehouses, and under beautiful bridges. (Wear galoshes after rainy days, as the makeshift path is below grade and prone to flooding.) In late August, Beltline officials won an $18 million federal grant that will help fund construction of the trail segment to match the Eastside's design. While that's great news, it will be bittersweet for those who love the southwest's rustic authenticity and meandering feel. Enjoy it while you can. www.beltline.org. less...
  • 1
  • 2 (current)
  • »

Nothing found, please try again

Browse by Category

After Dark
After Dark
CityScape
CityScape
Consumer Culture
Consumer Culture
Index
Index
Oral Pleasures
Oral Pleasures
Poets, Artists & Madmen
Poets, Artists & Madmen