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Best Of Atlanta 2008 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

The polls have closed. The people have spoken. From Buckhead to Bankhead, Va-Hi to West End, it's a new day for Atlanta. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, we believe it's safe to report that our Cityscape frontrunners have won by a landslide. These worthy candidates are ready to serve the needs of soccer MILFs and ironic hipsters, Hong Kong gangsters and Huddle House dads across Atlanta. On this momentous day, we're happy to toast such Atlanta icons as YouTube phenom Soulja Girl and 15-minute celeb John Fitzgerald Page (i.e., "the worst person in the world"). We couldn't have done it without the near-death of Grady Memorial Hospital or the civil disobedience of the Critical Mass cyclists. Had it not been for the priceless contributions from the bloggers at PecanneLog.com, or the groundbreaking graphics generated by AccessNorthGa.com, we doubt we'd be here today. So let's take a minute to applaud the few, the proud — the Best of Atlanta Cityscape winners.

– Mara Shalhoup

Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal BOA Award Winner

Capitol View

Best New High-End Hotel BOA Award Winner

Twelve Centennial Park

FAVORITE SON: Best Local Politician BOA Award Winner

Nan Orrock

Best Hope for the Hawks BOA Award Winner

Al Horford

Best Ink-Stained Wretches BOA Award Winner

Andy Miller and Alan Judd

Best Local Political Newcomer BOA Award Winner

Stacey Abrams

Best Hope for the Braves BOA Award Winner

Yunel Escobar

Best Local Bloggers BOA Award Winner

Pecanne Log

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

Dennis Creech

Best New Place to Carry a Concealed Weapon BOA Award Winner

Restaurants that serve alcohol

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

John Fitzgerald Page

Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede BOA Award Winner

We need more water

DARK HORSE: Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Prophet Love

Best Place to Hike and Bike BOA Award Winner

Arabia Mountain and Rockdale River Trails

Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

Chamblee

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
If only this category were called "Best Museum That Doesn't Have Dinosaurs," then maybe the High or the Michael C. Carlos Museum would stand a chance. The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit at the FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY helps it stand alone as Atlanta's best. Inside the main atrium, a fictionalmore...
If only this category were called "Best Museum That Doesn't Have Dinosaurs," then maybe the High or the Michael C. Carlos Museum would stand a chance. The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit at the FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY helps it stand alone as Atlanta's best. Inside the main atrium, a fictional battle rages on the plains of prehistoric Argentina between the plant-eating Argentinosaurus and the meat-eating Giganotosaurus - two of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. There's also the weekly Martinis & IMAX, a great date night if your significant other is into vodka and late Cretaceous fauna. More dinos are on the way in 2009 when the exhibit Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries opens on Valentine's Day. I've already marked my calendar! Museum: Free-$15. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Martinis & IMAX: $7-$15. Fri., 5:30-10 p.m., January-November. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org. less...

Best Bizarro Local News Graphics BOA Award Winner

AccessNorthGa.com

Best Effort to Preserve a Local Landmark BOA Award Winner

Save the Buckhead Library

Best Local Rabble-Rouser BOA Award Winner

John Woodham

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

T.I.

Best Public Institution to Cheat Death BOA Award Winner

Grady Memorial Hospital

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia BOA Award Winner

Liquor laws and various other human rights infringements

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Festival
Cabbagetown's CHOMP AND STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL is one of the last remaining Atlanta events that hasn't morphed into some out-of-control production plagued by supersized, craft-fair insanity. At the Chomp and Stomp, not only is there room to hang out and socialize, but it takes place in themore...
Cabbagetown's CHOMP AND STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL is one of the last remaining Atlanta events that hasn't morphed into some out-of-control production plagued by supersized, craft-fair insanity. At the Chomp and Stomp, not only is there room to hang out and socialize, but it takes place in the fall, during a rare window of great weather. Because it's smaller than some other festivals, the city allows you to bring your dog. Plus, you get to drink beer and eat chili that's cooked by people who live within walking distance and are there for the bragging rights. And the activities go down in the neighborhood park - not lining the asphalt-covered streets. At Chomp and Stomp, you've got great local music, good beer, your hound dog and your lady by your side. Awesome. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

MARTA Soulja Girl
blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/tag/soulja-girl

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia BOA Award Winner

A blue city in a red state

Best Underrated Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Restaurants

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Pitbull Rescue

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Mara Davis on Dave FM (92.9)

Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede BOA Award Winner

We need water

Best Hope for the Hawks BOA Award Winner

There is none

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

Jennifer Zyman, the Blissful Glutton
blissfulglutton.blogspot.com

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks!

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Flower in Atlanta's Lapel BOA Award Winner

Dogwood blossom

Best Hood to Get a House for a Steal BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Community Association

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

Dagmar Midcap

Best Unique Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Abundance of trees

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island
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Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

MARTA Soulja Girl
blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/tag/soulja-girl

Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal BOA Award Winner

Capitol View

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best New High-End Hotel BOA Award Winner

Twelve Centennial Park

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia BOA Award Winner

A blue city in a red state

Best Underrated Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Restaurants

FAVORITE SON: Best Local Politician BOA Award Winner

Nan Orrock

Best Hope for the Hawks BOA Award Winner

Al Horford

Best Ink-Stained Wretches BOA Award Winner

Andy Miller and Alan Judd

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Pitbull Rescue

Best Local Political Newcomer BOA Award Winner

Stacey Abrams

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Mara Davis on Dave FM (92.9)

Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede BOA Award Winner

We need water

Best Hope for the Braves BOA Award Winner

Yunel Escobar

Best Hope for the Hawks BOA Award Winner

There is none

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

Jennifer Zyman, the Blissful Glutton
blissfulglutton.blogspot.com

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