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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Cityscape Large


Cityscape


Best Intown Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park Jogging PATH

Best Reason to Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Traffic

Best Fashion Co-Op BOA Award Winner

Petra Geiger
For those who want to spend their dollars on one-of-a-kind, handmade purses, soaps, clothes and gifts, rather than their premium-priced, mass-produced counterparts in the mall, Beehive Co-op founder PETRA GEIGER stepped in to save the day. A budding handbag and stationary designer herself, Geiger hadmore...

For those who want to spend their dollars on one-of-a-kind, handmade purses, soaps, clothes and gifts, rather than their premium-priced, mass-produced counterparts in the mall, Beehive Co-op founder PETRA GEIGER stepped in to save the day. A budding handbag and stationary designer herself, Geiger had difficulty finding a suitable retail outlet to sell her wares — so she created her own. Geiger's co-op is comprised of several smaller boutiques boasting clothes by Olive, Rinse bath and beauty products, creative kids' clothes and accessories by Bold Mary, and all those indie-jewelry designers that you hit every craft festival in hopes of finding. Easier to shop than most malls and affordably priced, we couldn't ask for an easier way to support local artists while treating ourselves.


See related:


- Consumer Culture: Best Place to Shop for Local Designers Beehive Co-op (Critic pick)

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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

J. Carter
When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attachedmore...

When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attached to an affair, you can rest assured that the music - provided by star DJs such as ?uestlove and local heroes Salah Ananse and Jamad - will be ass-shakingly hot, and the folks assembled will represent a multicultural microcosm of people ready to do the damn thing. Thanks for keeping us jiggy, Jason.
"www.sol-fusion.com." See related: - After Dark: Best Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Fever (Critic pick)

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Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Carl Roland
Forty-one-year-old CARL ROLAND performed a Flying Wallenda act last May, when he sat atop a 25-story crane in Buckhead for 57 hours to avoid an arrest on murder charges. The scene on the ground was almost as entertaining as Roland’s derring-do in the sky. There was the bystander who played Vanmore...
Forty-one-year-old CARL ROLAND performed a Flying Wallenda act last May, when he sat atop a 25-story crane in Buckhead for 57 hours to avoid an arrest on murder charges. The scene on the ground was almost as entertaining as Roland’s derring-do in the sky. There was the bystander who played Van Halen’s “Jump” from his boom box. Then, there was Roland’s sister, Tawana, whom the AJC reported as screaming skyward: “Sugarfoot, it’s your baby sister, please come down!” Of course, the entertainment had its limits. Business in Buckhead took a hit, and before officers finally Tasered him, police spent 5,000 man-hours trying to make sure Roland’s stunt ended peacefully. less...

Best Local Troublemakers BOA Award Winner

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

Dunwoody Beer Festival

Best Park for a Romantic Picnic BOA Award Winner

Springvale Park
SPRINGVALE PARK is small, and therein lies its charm. The peaceful atmosphere is unlikely to be disturbed by a pickup game of any sort, because there aren’t any sports-sized fields at the 116-year-old park, located just two blocks off busy DeKalb Avenue. Instead of the usual shrieks and whoops,more...

SPRINGVALE PARK is small, and therein lies its charm. The peaceful atmosphere is unlikely to be disturbed by a pickup game of any sort, because there aren’t any sports-sized fields at the 116-year-old park, located just two blocks off busy DeKalb Avenue. Instead of the usual shrieks and whoops, the park’s fountains gurgle soothingly. Landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1903, the park also boasts an original, 1889 stone wall and a Victorian-era vibe — all of which forms the perfect backdrop for a quiet lunch for two.
Bounded by Euclid Avenue, Waverly Way and Elizabeth Street. www.inmanpark.org.

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Best Reason To Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Gentrification
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influxmore...
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influx of people — and a dearth of public transit — has made getting around town a real pain. And skyrocketing property values and taxes are changing the face of the city, literally. Homeowners who’ve been forced out by rising taxes are predominantly longtime, low-income, African-Americans. And it’s now become difficult for first-time homebuyers to afford even the most modest digs. less...

Best Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Weather

Best Trashy Festival BOA Award Winner

Corndogorama
Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally floodedmore...

Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally flooded from the afternoon to the wee hours of the morning with gawkers and participants partaking in such distinguished events as corndog-eating contests. Inside, nearly 40 bands, most of them local, perform over four days. Yuppies, be warned: Festival-goers have been known to strip to their skivvies and ride a stationary four-wheeler like a mechanical bull.
488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Weather

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks!

Best Local TV Sports Anchor BOA Award Winner

Fred Kalil WXIA/Channel 11

Best Country Music Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5 WKHX-FM (101.5)

Best Volunteer BOA Award Winner

Katrina volunteers
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their ownmore...
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their own devices, Moon took off her badge and followed the caravan to the hotel. She wasn't the only one. A dozen or so hardcore volunteers who had grown close to the evacuees moved with them, setting up a grassroots recovery effort that did what government was slow to do: Help. The volunteers secured medicine, separated donated clothes by size and gender, pestered the governor's office to send aid workers, hit up local restaurants for food, and loaned an ear to evacuees looking to tell their stories. Of course, it's not just volunteers at the Holiday Inn worthy of praise. All over metro Atlanta, people have opened their hearts, homes and wallets to evacuees. They've humbled us all. less...

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Whittier Mill Village
After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is amore...

After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is a 110-home neighborhood boasting homes built in the 19th century. An adjacent park is home to the mill’s original brick tower, where neighbors gather for picnics. And many of the houses — which sell for around $225,000 — include original heart-pine floors, bead-board walls, and an overall feeling of having traveled back in time.
www.atlantaga.gov/government/urbandesign_whittiermill.aspx.

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Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Andruw Jones
The man who defies a traditional spelling of his first name finally is having the kind of year that shows off his natural talents. ANDRUW JONES’ near-perfect fielding percentage and highlight-reel catches have been the norm in center field since he was promoted to the big leagues a decade ago.more...

The man who defies a traditional spelling of his first name finally is having the kind of year that shows off his natural talents. ANDRUW JONES’ near-perfect fielding percentage and highlight-reel catches have been the norm in center field since he was promoted to the big leagues a decade ago. But Jones’ hitting — 50 homers as of mid-September, more than any player this season — elevates him to godlike status. And get this: The 28-year-old four-time all-star is now paced to top 600 dingers before he reaches the ripe old age of 40.
www.atlantabraves.com.

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Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick
Atlanta Falcons Quarterback www.atlantafalcons.com

Best Local TV Sports Anchor BOA Award Winner

Fred Kalil
WXIA/Channel 11 Weeknights, 6 and 11 p.m. www.11alive.com

Best New Radio Station Format BOA Award Winner

Dave FM
People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’smore...

People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’s Addiction, with a refreshing emphasis on B-sides and lesser-known tracks. And for its morning show, the station brought back former 99X jock Steve Barnes, who in turn enlisted ubiquitous CNN personality Holly Firfer to create a morning team offering a welcome alternative to the usual noise.
404-741-9393. www.929davefm.com.

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Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

“The Bert Show” (Bert Weiss)
Q-100 WWWQ-FM (100.5) Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m. 404-741-1005 www.q100atlanta.com

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

99X (97.9 WWWQ-FM)
WNNX-FM (99.7) 404-741-0997 www.99x.com

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

IKEA
As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellowmore...
As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellow building emblazoned “IKEA.” The mostly modern offerings at the home-furnishing Mecca that opened in June are certain to do wonders for interior decor in metro Atlanta and beyond. When your friends’ formally frumpy homes suddenly take on the refined glow of the pages of Real Simple, you know something big has happened. less...

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

Georgia Aquarium
Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’smore...

Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’s name written all over it. No surprise there: The facility wouldn’t have been possible without Marcus’ ridiculously generous $200 million donation. In its first year, the giant fish tank is expected to attract more than 2 million visitors to see more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species.
www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

Music

Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Album 88 WRAS-FM (88.5)

Best OTP Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Vinings

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

DAVE FM WZGC-FM (92.9)

Best Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

Dunwoody beer Festival

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

East Lake Golf Club

Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

Music

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Jazz 91.9 WCLK-FM (91.9)

Best Intown Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park Jogging PATH

Best Reason to Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Traffic


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