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Cityscape

Pity the suburbanite and out-of-towner. Every morning, hundreds of thousands of people clog metro Atlanta interstates and land in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and make their way into our city. They’re here for business and pleasure. Sometimes they’re just lost. They’ll work in Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead skyscrapers, walk in Atlanta’s museums, and sometimes enjoy the city’s parks. And at the end of their workdays or trips, they leave.

Atlantans, however? We get to live here. We wake up and go to sleep in these communities. We not only shop in the stores, but also live next door to the people who own them. Intown traffic might be nuts, but at least we can hop on a bus or train and not wallow in gridlock. And when people knock our city, we defend her because we’ve put so much of ourselves into making it what it is and is becoming.

But making this wonderful city that we call home actually function takes a lot of work. Approximately 58,000 people keep the world’s busiest airport clean, safe, and welcoming to friends and family from far away. Employees at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights start waxing the floors at 7 a.m. in anticipation of tourists. The Piedmont Park Conservancy has a full-time staff that aerates lawns and picks up trash so the city’s most popular greenspace remains a jewel. Neighborhood associations slog through long meetings filled with discussions about zoning and sidewalks because, in the long run, those issues make the difference in an excellent community. (And some journalists spend long nights trying to cover the issues that affect neighborhoods.)

Atlantans work damn hard but they don’t always get the accolades and recognition. That’s why CL every year racks our brains to recognize the people, places, and things that make Atlanta the city we love. We know all about the city’s problems. Let’s take a moment and applaud those contributing to the bizarre, chaotic, and beautiful cityscape.

— Thomas Wheatley

Best gatherings of the masses: Free event

Atlanta Streets Alive
Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, themore...
Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, the blacktop party has touched Midtown, Downtown, Virginia-Highland, Inman Park, and, most recently, spread to West End in Southwest Atlanta. If only car-free boulevards were available every day of the year. www.atlantastreetsalive.com. less...

Best gatherings of the masses: Race for a cause

Atlanta Mission’s Race to End Homelessness

Best reclamation of an asphalt eyesore

Boulevard Tunnel Initiative
Boulevard Tunnel used to be a place most pedestrians avoided. The dark and creepy underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown had broken lighting, busted roads, and lifeless walls. The conditions dramatically improved in spring 2014. The BOULEVARD TUNNEL INITIATIVE, a local nonprofit thatmore...
Boulevard Tunnel used to be a place most pedestrians avoided. The dark and creepy underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown had broken lighting, busted roads, and lifeless walls. The conditions dramatically improved in spring 2014. The BOULEVARD TUNNEL INITIATIVE, a local nonprofit that has been working for years to spruce up the underpass, partnered with Living Walls to breathe life into the walkway. BTI and LW members cleaned up the tunnel once filled with trash and poop. New York-based muralist MOMO and a mighty army of volunteers brightened up the tunnel with a rainbow-colored mural. The beautification project has managed to make a ho-hum tunnel into something beautiful, made the area safer, and brought together different neighborhoods. Take that, concrete jungle! boulevardtunnelinitiative.wordpress.com. less...

Best legal Hail Mary

Sue and block the stadium deal

Best new attraction

National Center For Civil and Human Rights

Best place to commune with nature

Constitution Lakes Nature Preserve

Best place to people watch

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Best rec league

Atlanta Silverbacks Park’s Seven versus Seven League Atlanta Silverbacks Park

Best act of civil disobedience

Moral Monday Georgia Protestors

Best bizarro local news story

Winter Storm Leon

Best place to ride your bike

Lionel Hampton and Southwest Connector Trails

Best transit advancement

Clayton County’s Push To Join MARTA

Best tree hugger

Sally Bethea

Best charity

Bert’s Big Adventure

Best local celebrity

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best new thing about Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Best public skate park

Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Best street

Edgewood Avenue

Best bizarro local news story

Justin Ross Harris murder case

Best hiking spot

Sweetwater Creek State Park Sweetwater Creek State Park

Best person you love to hate

Mark Becker, President of GSU
president.gsu.edu

Best playground

Historic Fourth Ward Park Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best urban radio station

V-103 (WVEE-FM)
v103.cbslocal.com

Best city view

Jackson Street Bridge

Best public pool

Piedmont Park Aquatic Center Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

Best radio station

Album 88 WRAS (88.5-FM)
www2.gsu.edu/~www885

Best walkable neighborhood

Virginia-Highland

Best community garden

Oakhurst Garden

Best dog park

Piedmont Park Dog Park Piedmont Dog Park

Best local sports team

Atlanta Braves
atlanta.braves.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=atl
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Best charity

Bert’s Big Adventure

Best gatherings of the masses: Free event

Atlanta Streets Alive
Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, themore...
Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, the blacktop party has touched Midtown, Downtown, Virginia-Highland, Inman Park, and, most recently, spread to West End in Southwest Atlanta. If only car-free boulevards were available every day of the year. www.atlantastreetsalive.com. less...

Best gatherings of the masses: Race for a cause

Atlanta Mission’s Race to End Homelessness

Best local celebrity

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best new thing about Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Best public skate park

Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Best street

Edgewood Avenue

Best bizarro local news story

Justin Ross Harris murder case

Best hiking spot

Sweetwater Creek State Park Sweetwater Creek State Park

Best person you love to hate

Mark Becker, President of GSU
president.gsu.edu

Best playground

Historic Fourth Ward Park Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best reclamation of an asphalt eyesore

Boulevard Tunnel Initiative
Boulevard Tunnel used to be a place most pedestrians avoided. The dark and creepy underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown had broken lighting, busted roads, and lifeless walls. The conditions dramatically improved in spring 2014. The BOULEVARD TUNNEL INITIATIVE, a local nonprofit thatmore...
Boulevard Tunnel used to be a place most pedestrians avoided. The dark and creepy underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown had broken lighting, busted roads, and lifeless walls. The conditions dramatically improved in spring 2014. The BOULEVARD TUNNEL INITIATIVE, a local nonprofit that has been working for years to spruce up the underpass, partnered with Living Walls to breathe life into the walkway. BTI and LW members cleaned up the tunnel once filled with trash and poop. New York-based muralist MOMO and a mighty army of volunteers brightened up the tunnel with a rainbow-colored mural. The beautification project has managed to make a ho-hum tunnel into something beautiful, made the area safer, and brought together different neighborhoods. Take that, concrete jungle! boulevardtunnelinitiative.wordpress.com. less...

Best urban radio station

V-103 (WVEE-FM)
v103.cbslocal.com

Best city view

Jackson Street Bridge

Best legal Hail Mary

Sue and block the stadium deal
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