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Best of ATL 2019!

Marking the best spot for 30 years

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  string(2942) "We’re pleased that our 30th anniversary issue of the Best of Atlanta is on the streets, with over 700 choices for both Readers’ picks and Critics’ picks. One category in particular has generated a lot of controversy on social media. In the “Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Guests” category, our readers voted “the homeless.” Our critics picked the “‘Autoeater’ sculpture at Peachtree and Tenth Streets.” We take our responsibility as a newspaper and a publication of record seriously. As an alternative newspaper we occasionally include voting categories that convey a provocative tone to balance out the overwhelming boosterish spirit of the issue.

We often disagree with our readers and their picks for Best Of winners, but we feel it is our responsibility to accurately reflect their choices. Did we agree with the readers in this particular instance? No. Did we think it was a funny response? No. But we also thought censoring or changing the readers’ choice because we didn’t agree with it was an even more dangerous move.

For 30 years we have printed entries from readers, many that we considered to be a poor choice, but we have respect for those who take the time to share their perspectives with CL and the broader community. This is a give and take and we are proud to be a part of such an on-going dialogue.

We are also aware that we printed all of the readers’ entries without context. In the past, we have included two or three sentences from our critics to describe the critics’ choices. Yet, in 30 years, we have never attempted to get inside the minds of our readers and explain their choices. Each ballot and choice by a reader has its own rationale.

We want to take the opportunity to thank our readers for allowing us to be an authentic voice in the community. We’ve fought many battles over the years to keep free speech alive in Atlanta. To our knowledge we have never taken down a Reader’s pick or any Critic’s pick post-publication. This year, however, we have in fact removed the readers’ pick for the “Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Guests.” Not because we are trying to censor readers, but because, taken out of context many people perceive this to be the choice of Creative Loafing critics. It most certainly is not. We have removed it as it has become a distraction to those fighting day and night to end homelessness in Atlanta. We don’t take this decision lightly. Our free speech libertarian readers will say we have caved to the crowd. Our progressive readers will say we didn’t go far enough. Hopefully those who know and trust us accept that we are serving a key role in the community to provide a platform for informed people to meet one another and interact.

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We are also aware that we printed all of the readers’ entries without context. In the past, we have included two or three sentences from our critics to describe the critics’ choices. Yet, in 30 years, we have never attempted to get inside the minds of our readers and explain their choices. Each ballot and choice by a reader has its own rationale.

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  string(7544) " Cover Image  2019-09-03T19:47:17+00:00 Cover Image.jpg   I am not going to pretend like I understand your reasoning for why you decided to share such a foul and outrageous opinion about our cities most vulnerable community. I am not your editorial staff, so I can't assume reasoning. That wouldn't be fair to you. The best I, like anyone else can do, is take your word for it. With that said, I would like to open up this conversation by pointing out this: What you printed and posted in regards to homelessness in Atlanta lacks the basic civility you stated would not be allowed in the comments of this editorial update regarding it. If non-civil opinions are not allowed in this comment section, why are they allowed in print and in your paper? Why are they allowed to be in a CL "Best Of". Can the homeless be insulted, but not you?

If the overall response to the "Best Thing to Hide" had been African Americans, would you have still ran it? What if it was the LGBTQ community? Would you have still ran it? Targeting Atlanta's homeless community is not any different than those. It is targeting a group of people based on situations they cannot control. Believe it or not, even homeless people read Creative Loafing and I am sure many of them picked up your paper within the last week and were disheartened that they were targeted and not protected by such a rude opinion of your readers. By running, then not adding context to that opinion, you empowered that opinion of hate. 

Just like many others, I was upset when I first saw Atlanta's homeless targeted as the "best thing to hide". Yes, many of us reacted out of anger, and it was justifiable. Atlanta is a city that was built on the blood, sweat and tears of the civil rights movement. This city has strived to be a pillar of equality across a country continuously encouraged to hate others that don't fit directly into the mold of an "American".  We have a legacy to uphold as the "city too busy to hate". That legacy was completely dropped when it comes to how that opinion from your readers was presented. I, just like you, support the 1st amendment. The 1st amendment is the only thing that has protected me in certain situations where I would have otherwise ended up in jail for my work. It also important to understand the difference between FREE Speech, and HATE speech, and although some forms of hate speech are protected by the 1st amendment, NOT ALL.  What you shared from your readers rides the ever blurry line of that paradox.

For example: In 1942, the Supreme Court said that the First Amendment doesn't protect "fighting words", or statements that "by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of peace". Do you know who hides homeless? Our city does. We lock people up for being homeless. We degrade them to the point they feel alienated from our community. We shut down their shelters and then joke about how we need to hide them. That opinion by your readers was a verbal assault on a community which has continuously been assaulted by this cities leadership and the community itself.  The opinion of your readers only solidified that. People that read that opinion and agreed with it will now feel MORE empowered to verbally insult homeless in Atlanta. Know why? Because their opinion is now the "opinion of Atlanta's readers" and they know it because Creative Loafing said so. 

Atlanta is an every evolving city and where we sit right now is on the verge of a complete cultural shift. Old Atlanta is being pushed out by New Atlanta, but one thing will remain the same. We will always have homelessness and the majority of them will continue to be African Americans. Now, Suburban Susan who decided to invest in a new home in Bankhead will feel empowered to insult the community she helped displace, because she saw that people agree with that lack of compassion via Creative Loafings "Best of" 2019. 

Actions Matter.

-RV Ryan – Well stated. We understand that it was our actions that led to this comment being disseminated and we take responsibility for everything published in the newspaper. We’ve never been afraid to say when we have been wrong. If there is some good that has come from this, it is that people like you raise the points that need to be stated. homeless Reader's Pick for Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Guests 22724  2019-09-10T22:21:18+00:00 Editor's Note on Best of Atlanta ben.eason@creativeloafing.com Ben Eason CL Editors  2019-09-10T22:21:18+00:00  We’re pleased that our 30th anniversary issue of the Best of Atlanta is on the streets, with over 700 choices for both Readers’ picks and Critics’ picks. One category in particular has generated a lot of controversy on social media. In the “Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Guests” category, our readers voted “the homeless.” Our critics picked the “‘Autoeater’ sculpture at Peachtree and Tenth Streets.” We take our responsibility as a newspaper and a publication of record seriously. As an alternative newspaper we occasionally include voting categories that convey a provocative tone to balance out the overwhelming boosterish spirit of the issue.

We often disagree with our readers and their picks for Best Of winners, but we feel it is our responsibility to accurately reflect their choices. Did we agree with the readers in this particular instance? No. Did we think it was a funny response? No. But we also thought censoring or changing the readers’ choice because we didn’t agree with it was an even more dangerous move.

For 30 years we have printed entries from readers, many that we considered to be a poor choice, but we have respect for those who take the time to share their perspectives with CL and the broader community. This is a give and take and we are proud to be a part of such an on-going dialogue.

We are also aware that we printed all of the readers’ entries without context. In the past, we have included two or three sentences from our critics to describe the critics’ choices. Yet, in 30 years, we have never attempted to get inside the minds of our readers and explain their choices. Each ballot and choice by a reader has its own rationale.

We want to take the opportunity to thank our readers for allowing us to be an authentic voice in the community. We’ve fought many battles over the years to keep free speech alive in Atlanta. To our knowledge we have never taken down a Reader’s pick or any Critic’s pick post-publication. This year, however, we have in fact removed the readers’ pick for the “Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Guests.” Not because we are trying to censor readers, but because, taken out of context many people perceive this to be the choice of Creative Loafing critics. It most certainly is not. We have removed it as it has become a distraction to those fighting day and night to end homelessness in Atlanta. We don’t take this decision lightly. Our free speech libertarian readers will say we have caved to the crowd. Our progressive readers will say we didn’t go far enough. Hopefully those who know and trust us accept that we are serving a key role in the community to provide a platform for informed people to meet one another and interact.

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Thirty years ago, the staff of Creative Loafing gathered together to publish its first “Best Of Atlanta” issue. The then-weekly newspaper had already been in existence for most of two decades, but we were too busy producing an alternative to the staid daily papers and the glossy city booster magazine to consider taking all that we had been reporting on and catalog the best of it in one issue.

In the end, we did, probably after one of the long breaks the staff used to take in the back parking lot of the West Peachtree location “for inspiration.” The result was our first Best Of issue. In fact, it was the first annual Best Of Atlanta ever published in this city.

To mark the 30th anniversary, we decided to also celebrate some of the people in this city who have been along on our journey. Doug DeLoach offers an excellent profile on Jimbo Livaditis, whose father John first started the Zesto drive-ins 70 years ago. Kevin C. Madigan takes a Civil Rights tour of Atlanta with Tom Houck, an incomparable force in Atlanta politics, whose future was shaped by his time spent with Martin Luther King Jr.

Chad Radford discusses Atlanta music with Glenn Phillips, the guitarist who first came to notoriety in the late ’60s in the Hampton Grease Band, still one of the most original and inexplicable bands to call Atlanta home — and the first band to play live Piedmont Park in 1968, inviting the then newly formed Allman Brother Band to join them at the pavilion the following summer. James Kelly takes a look back at Cabbagetown’s Fiddlin’ John Carson and the birth of country music at 152 Nassau Street, with Dayton Duncan, scriptwriter and producer with Ken Burns on the latter’s upcoming PBS series “Country Music.”

Hal Horowitz talks with Tommy Talton, a Capricorn Records session musician who helped define Gregg Allman’s solo sound. And on a darker note, Curt Holman looks at season two of the Netflix series “Mindhunter,” which reenacts the investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders.

Creative Loafing. We’ve either been pissing people off, pissing on the boring and uninspired in Atlanta, or marking the best this city has to offer since 1972.

Thank you for continuing to be a part of it.

— Tony Paris, managing editor



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Best of Atlanta 2019 CRITICS

For this year's Best of Atlanta, we’ve once again reached out to informed members of the community to help put together the 2019 issue. We’re incredibly proud to present this year’s batch of critics, who have shared their time and wisdom of ATL to highlight who’s marking their spot. Contributors range from those deeply embedded in politics to night crawlers who don’t sleep until the sun rises. Basically, we’ve corralled them all to tell the whole story, to put together the entire package.

Elizabeth Allen
Elizabeth Allen
Working in software, Elizabeth Allen is a woman of science by day and an astrology nerd by night. She enjoys discovering the best Atlanta has to offer and sometimes even telling others about it!

Liliana Bakhtiari
Liliana Bakhtiari
A community leader and advocate for social change, Liliana Bakhtiari is currently the public affairs manager of Planned Parenthood Southeast, working to increase public and legislative support. She also sits as a board member in the following organizations: GloATL, Victory Fund, WinList, Georgia Equality (also a chair of the Advancement Committee), Dream Warriors Foundation and as a governor for Red Clay Democrats.

Tray Butler
Tray Butler
Over the past 20 years, Tray Butler has worked as a reporter, editor, copywriter, page designer, creative director, book critic, illustrator, and writing teacher. All have a common thread: his lifelong passion for storytelling. As a journalist, he’s covered film, music, literature, theater, travel, food, and hard news. As a freelancer, he has written a travel guidebook, produced advice columns, and created editorial illustrations, as he does for “The Blotter” in Creative Loafing. He also teaches in Emory University’s Creative Writing Certificate program.

Will Cardwell
Will Cardwell
Finding his way to Creative Loafing as a music intern, Will Cardwell never left, advancing to the Happenings and Listings Editor, while also coordinating “Live From The Archives” and contributing to our weekly podcasts. When not relaxing with a Long Drink, he is busy managing our ever-revolving staff of interns and trying to make sense of our search engine.

Ema Carr
Ema Carr
Our Social Media Cowgirl by day, LEWK Qween Miss Conception by night. Ema Carr also writes “The Move,” her column to help you beat the fight against basic, one move at a time. Cannabis activist and potcast host of “Friends in High Places.” Photographer and influencer to the influencers. @callmemissconception @atlhotdogfest

Doug Deloach
Doug Deloach
As a columnist (“Listening Post”) and feature writer, Doug DeLoach has been contributing to Creative Loafing since the early 1980s. A regular contributor to Songlines, a world music magazine based in London, his ruminating on arts and culture have appeared in publications such as Georgia Music, ArtsGeorgia, ArtsATL, Stomp & Stammer, High Performance and Art Papers.

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Curt Holman
The long-time film critic for Creative Loafing, Curt Holman’s work has also reappeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, American Theatre, ArtsATL and Encore magazine. He has contributed to WebMD, ChooseATL, Salon, Playboy, New York Press, Paste, CitySearch, Catalyst magazine, Atlanta magazine, and The Nashville Scene.

Hal Horowitz
Hal Horowitz
Hal Horowitz is a journalist specializing in music and the arts since 1994. Horowitz has contributed to CL since 2000, he is a winner of the W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive for Journalism award in 2009, and a freelance writer specializing in roots, blues, singer-songwriter, punk, and other organic genres. He has written thousands of reviews, artist profiles, and features over the decades.

Sam Kim
Sam Kim
As a life-long Atlantan, Sam Kim grew up reading Creative Loafing for tips on upcoming shows and good eats. She is pleased to have the chance to share her love of Atlanta and the people who keep the city exciting through food, music, art, and community outreach in this Best of Atlanta issue. Week days you can find Kim in midtown at The Cheetah, encouraging locals and travelers alike to enjoy our city to the fullest!

Sam Lawrence
Sam Lawrence
Sam Lawrence is the founder of UUeird, a music label and event promoter pushing left-field bass music out of Atlanta.

Edward McNally
Edward McNally
A long-time writer and events coordinator in Atlanta, Edward McNally is the newest addition to the Creative Loafing staff, writing “Scenes & Motions,” covering immersive art, dance and theater. He is devoted to being an agent for positive change in the community.

Scott Morris
Scott Morris
Scott Morris is an Atlanta native, professional historian, and a deejay called Dookie Platters. He takes his coffee black and thinks chips and salsa should always be free. Scott thinks old Atlanta was the gold Atlanta, but he’s not afraid to welcome a new friend to town.

Amanda P. Norris
Amanda P Norris
Amanda is a planner, organizer, curator, and the Director of Programming at The Bakery Atlanta. Amanda is also the Communications and Events Manager for Living Walls, a nonprofit that creates thought-provoking public art to inspire social change. In her free time she helps run Plasma magazine, a local DIY publication, and YES MA’AM, an annual art party fundraiser.

Chad
Chad Radford
Music Editor Chad Radford just celebrated his 10-year anniversary as a CL staff member. When he’s not busy writing and editing, you can usually find him holding court on the patio at Aurora Coffee in L5P, pestering the staff at Wax ‘n’ Facts with questions about obscure Georgia post-punk and avant-garde jazz records, or hanging out at the Righteous Room.

Brandon Sheats
Brandon Sheats
The executive director of Murmur Media, Brandon Sheets is a digital strategist and developer. Currently on the board of both ThreadATL and ChopArt, he is also an art and urban planning member of American Planning Association. He will be right back.

Ree De La Vega
Ree De La Vega
Ree de la Vega started as a music and nightlife lover and became a sought-after party-starter and promoter. Over time, she became the unofficial nightlife concierge to the ever-changing Atlanta music and nightlife scenes. Now a DJ, she is a much sought after DJ in Atlanta. With her residencies at W Hotels, Mary’s, MJQ, and the creation of Chaka Khan Hacienda Ree shares her love for all forms of dance music. She is a classic vinyl collector and loves crunk, funk, and disco.


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