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Best of Atlanta 2014 Cityscape

 

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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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Mission's Race to End Homelessness

Best reclamation of an asphalt eyesore BOA Award Winner

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 student revolt BOA Award Winner

  1. SaveWRAS

Best legal Hail Mary BOA Award Winner

Sue and block the stadium deal

Best new attraction BOA Award Winner

National Center For Civil and Human Rights

Best place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Constitution Lakes Nature Preserve

Best place to learn long-lost life skills BOA Award Winner

The Homestead Atlanta

Best act of civil disobedience BOA Award Winner

Moral Monday Georgia Protestors

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Winter Storm Leon

Best comeuppance by a public official BOA Award Winner

Stacey Kalberman

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

Lionel Hampton and Southwest Connector Trails

Best transit advancement BOA Award Winner

Clayton County's Push To Join MARTA

Best tree hugger BOA Award Winner

Sally Bethea

Best charity BOA Award Winner

Bert's Big Adventure

Best country radio station BOA Award Winner

The Bull (94.9-FM)

Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

Dogwood Festival

Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

Dan Whisenhunt

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rollergirls: Rec League

Best street BOA Award Winner

Edgewood Avenue

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Park Pride

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Justin Ross Harris murder case

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Doug Richards

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Mark Becker, President of GSU
president.gsu.edu

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Radio 105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

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

Best city view BOA Award Winner

Jackson Street Bridge

Best Hotel BOA Award Winner

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

Decaturish

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

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

Best walkable neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

Best community garden BOA Award Winner

Oakhurst Garden

Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

The Front Row on 680 The Fan (WCNN-FM)

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

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

Bert's Big Adventure

Best country radio station BOA Award Winner

The Bull (94.9-FM)

Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

Dogwood Festival

Best gatherings of the masses: Free event BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Mission's Race to End Homelessness

Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

Dan Whisenhunt

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rollergirls: Rec League

Best street BOA Award Winner

Edgewood Avenue

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Park Pride

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Justin Ross Harris murder case

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Doug Richards

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Mark Becker, President of GSU
president.gsu.edu

Best reclamation of an asphalt eyesore BOA Award Winner

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 rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Radio 105.7 (WRDA-FM)

Best student revolt BOA Award Winner

  1. SaveWRAS

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

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

Best city view BOA Award Winner

Jackson Street Bridge

Best Hotel BOA Award Winner

Best legal Hail Mary BOA Award Winner

Sue and block the stadium deal

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

Decaturish
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