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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 morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

The Bert Show Q100 (WWWQ0-FM)

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

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

Best rabble rouser/activist BOA Award Winner

  1. SaveWRAS movement
savewras.com

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best talk radio BOA Award Winner

WABE (90.1-FM)

Best child care center BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best con(vention) BOA Award Winner

Dragon Con

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

John Lewis AND Kasim Reed

johnlewis.house.gov


AND


www.kasimreed.com

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best party school BOA Award Winner

Georgia State University AND Georgia Institute of Technology

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur
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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 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

Best morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

The Bert Show Q100 (WWWQ0-FM)

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

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

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

The Homestead Atlanta

Best rabble rouser/activist BOA Award Winner

  1. SaveWRAS movement
savewras.com

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best talk radio BOA Award Winner

WABE (90.1-FM)

Best act of civil disobedience BOA Award Winner

Moral Monday Georgia Protestors

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Winter Storm Leon

Best child care center BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best comeuppance by a public official BOA Award Winner

Stacey Kalberman

Best con(vention) BOA Award Winner

Dragon Con

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

John Lewis AND Kasim Reed

johnlewis.house.gov


AND


www.kasimreed.com

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best party school BOA Award Winner

Georgia State University AND Georgia Institute of Technology

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

Lionel Hampton and Southwest Connector Trails

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best transit advancement BOA Award Winner

Clayton County's Push To Join MARTA

Best tree hugger BOA Award Winner

Sally Bethea
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