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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Cityscape Large


Cityscape


Best Backpacking Trail within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

Appalachian Trail

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

East Lake Golf Club
2575 Alston Drive 404-373-5722 www.eastlakegolfclub.com

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

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 Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Weather

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 Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

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 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 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 Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

Cabbagetown
In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery andmore...

In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery and north of Memorial Drive, Cabbagetown was home to folk artist Panorama Ray, who photographed the neighborhood’s barefoot and potbellied children, and avant-rocker Benjamin of the band Smoke, who dressed in drag and developed a beatnik mix of blues punk. Despite the recent razing of a historic building that housed the gallery and music venue Art Farm, Cabbagetown’s charm has survived infringing gentrification — and is still home to approximately 75 descendants of the original mill workers.
www.cabbagetown.org.

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Best Host for Famous Visitors BOA Award Winner

Scott Reilly
SCOTT REILLY could remain content as the owner of the Retromodern home furnishings store and the city's foremost name in, well, all things retro and modern. But he takes his role a step further by working with the High Museum to bring to Atlanta some of dec-art's most notable experts and artists formore...

SCOTT REILLY could remain content as the owner of the Retromodern home furnishings store and the city's foremost name in, well, all things retro and modern. But he takes his role a step further by working with the High Museum to bring to Atlanta some of dec-art's most notable experts and artists for lectures and speaking engagements that educate design collectors and enthusiasts. Thanks to his connections, no less than the legendary, then-98-year-old Eva Zeisel (known for organic design in silver, ceramics and glass) and Charles Ray Eames (grandson of Charles Eames, great-nephew of Ray Eames, and champion of the family furniture legacy) have made an Atlanta appearance. The icing on the cake: Everyone who attends the lecture is then invited to Retromodern to view its corresponding exhibition and enjoy a glass of champagne.


See related:


- Consumer Culture: Best Eclectic Furniture Retromodern (Critic pick)
- Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Museum The High Museum of Art (Reader pick)
- Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Museum Makeover High Museum of Art (Critic pick)

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Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Bert Show

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

Best Local Troublemakers BOA Award Winner

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Kaufman WSB/Channel 2

Best Local TV Reporter BOA Award Winner

Dale Russell WAGA/Channel 5

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Campsite BOA Award Winner

Red Top Mountain State Park
653 Red Top Mountain Road Cartersville, Ga. 770-975-0055 www.ngeorgia.com/parks/red.html

Best Country Music Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5 (WKHX-FM)
WKHX-FM (101.5) 404-741-1015 www.wkhx.com

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Jazz 91.9 WCLK
WCLK-FM (91.9) 404-880-8284 www.wclk.com

Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Andisheh Nouraee
Creative Loafing

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

The Carter Center
It’s hard to stand in the shadow of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. But ROSALYNN CARTER has been a leader in her own right since her days as first lady of Georgia. Rarely has she been fully credited for her work, particularly in the mental health field. Rosalynn co-founded themore...
It’s hard to stand in the shadow of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. But ROSALYNN CARTER has been a leader in her own right since her days as first lady of Georgia. Rarely has she been fully credited for her work, particularly in the mental health field. Rosalynn co-founded the Carter Center and launched its mental health programs, which she still directs at age 74. She lobbies Congress for more mental health funding each year, and isn’t afraid to scold lawmakers for cutting funds for social programs. less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Bobby Baker
Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses —more...

Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses — or in profits for big utilities. Over the years, Baker, a conservative Republican, has earned a reputation for opposing unnecessary rate hikes. He also has encouraged the commission to conduct its business in full view of the public. In short, he’s looked out for the average Georgian — and has refused to play party politics.
www.psc.state.ga.us/pscinfo/baker.htm.

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Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

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

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree
The 41-story glass tower rising on the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets marks the tallest construction in Atlanta in more than a dozen years. But 1180 PEACHTREE, designed by the prestigious Connecticut firm Pickard Chilton, has more than height going for it. The building’s swooping linesmore...

The 41-story glass tower rising on the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets marks the tallest construction in Atlanta in more than a dozen years. But 1180 PEACHTREE, designed by the prestigious Connecticut firm Pickard Chilton, has more than height going for it. The building’s swooping lines evoke the contours of a gigantic, shimmering cell phone. Or is it a neo-gothic cathedral? Either way, it’s also the largest structure in Atlanta to attain “green” status; developer Hines Interests is constructing the tower using at least 10 percent recycled materials, and it will be outfitted with water-saver toilets and faucets. The high-rise, informally known as Symphony Tower, is scheduled to open next year, when mega-firm King & Spalding sets up shop on 17 floors.
www.1180peachtree.com.

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Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

WRAS 88.5
WRAS-FM (88.5) 404-651-4488 www.gsu.edu

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Ty Pennington
Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team —more...

Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team — let’s make this family’s dream come true!” But so what? Pennington, who was raised in Atlanta, broke into showbiz as the token hot-guy carpenter on “Trading Spaces.” Now he actually helps families in need. Among other things, he and his crew have enlarged the home of a couple expecting triplets, and remodeled a house so a wheelchair-bound teenager could get around more easily. Watch out, Oprah.
www.tythehandyguy.com.

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Best Place to Bike BOA Award Winner

Arabia Mountain Trail
A few years back it was the poor man’s Stone Mountain, but thanks to DeKalb’s much-touted greenspace program, ARABIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL has come into its own. The county is completing an ambitious trail network through the 2,000-acre nature preserve that includes elevated boardwalks throughmore...

A few years back it was the poor man’s Stone Mountain, but thanks to DeKalb’s much-touted greenspace program, ARABIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL has come into its own. The county is completing an ambitious trail network through the 2,000-acre nature preserve that includes elevated boardwalks through forest wetlands, well-marked paths across huge expanses of open granite, and a picturesque covered bridge. The concrete trails, open to hikers and bikers, extend north to Stonecrest Mall and downtown Lithonia and, eventually, south to Panola Mountain. Once in the park, mountain bikers can go off-road to find some challenging rock-hopping.
''www.arabiaalliance.org. www.pathfoundation.org/trails/arabia.cfm.

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Best Place to Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

Ignatius House
Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandymore...

Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandy Springs prayer and meditation center run by Jesuit priests. If you’re really stressed out, try partaking in a silent weekend retreat. No talking is allowed for two days, so bring all those unresolved issues.
6700 Riverside Drive. 404-255-0503. www.ignatiushouse.org.

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Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

103.3 (WVEE-FM)
WVEE-FM (103.3) 404-741-9833 www.v-103.com

Best Backpacking Trail within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

Appalachian Trail

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Big Company To Work For BOA Award Winner

United Parcel Service
When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for fourmore...

When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for four years. The company was ranked eighth in the U.S. for employee benefits by MONEY magazine. And Fortune ranked UPS No. 23 out of 1,000 companies for minority employment.
55 Glenlake Parkway. 800-742-5877. www.ups.com.

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Best Campsite You Can Drive To BOA Award Winner

Black Rock Mountain State Park
Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians.more...

Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians. The 1,740-acre park also is home to fields of wildflowers; 11 miles of trails; a 17-acre lake for catching bass, bream, catfish, perch and trout; and 64 campsites, ranging from $3-$21 per night.
800-864-7275. gastateparks.org/info/blackrock.

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Best Compromise With a Big Box BOA Award Winner

Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association
It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75more...

It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75 (formerly the site of the Tudor-style Castlegate Hotel). The association played an active role in the decision to build the store — and most of its parking — underground, reducing the big box eyesore. And although the association did run off a Home Depot, its treaty with Wal-Mart represents a compromise other neighborhood groups have been unwilling to make.
www.underwoodhills.org.

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Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

East Lake Golf Club
2575 Alston Drive 404-373-5722 www.eastlakegolfclub.com

Best Local Blog BOA Award Winner

www.extremecraft.com
There were, at press time, about 14.9 jillion gazillion blogs on the Internet, most of them indulgences in mental masturbation. One that is not is www.extremecraft.com, the creation of local artist and graphic designer Garth Johnson. Begun as a way to highlight cool examples of craft, both low-brow andmore...

There were, at press time, about 14.9 jillion gazillion blogs on the Internet, most of them indulgences in mental masturbation. One that is not is www.extremecraft.com, the creation of local artist and graphic designer Garth Johnson. Begun as a way to highlight cool examples of craft, both low-brow and high, the blog has become a forum for Johnson’s irreverent and literate approach to art and art criticism. In March, he highlighted a taxidermist who will turn the fur of your departed pet into a pillow. Remarked Johnson: “I wonder what she could do for my goldfish.” But it’s his occasional lapses into the profane that keep the blog fresh. To wit: “Ceramics Monthly magazine can suck my nuts.”
www.extremecraft.com.

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Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Vernon Jones
He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female electedmore...

He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female elected officials. He’s been accused of rape, but his lawyer dismisses the incident as a threesome that ended with hurt feelings. No, we’re not talking about a rock star or professional athlete, but DeKalb County’s head honcho, VERNON JONES. In addressing the rape accusation, Jones’ attorney described the CEO as a “political celebrity.” Who are we to argue?
www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

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Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Bill Shipp
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’smore...
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’s housing. Shipp then got booted from the school paper for advocating in favor of law school integration. After four decades with the Atlanta Constitution, he started his own political newsletter, put it online, and then sold it. And even now, he’s still so aggressive that Gov. Sonny Perdue’s staff won’t speak to him. www.onlineathens.com/staff/shipp.shtml. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Intellectual BOA Award Winner

Deborah Lipstadt
DEBORAH LIPSTADT, a professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies, is one of the most popular faculty members at Emory. But what really sets her apart is a book written a dozen years ago in which she lambastes one of the world’s most infamous Holocaust deniers, David Irving. Irving turnedmore...

DEBORAH LIPSTADT, a professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies, is one of the most popular faculty members at Emory. But what really sets her apart is a book written a dozen years ago in which she lambastes one of the world’s most infamous Holocaust deniers, David Irving. Irving turned around and sued Lipstadt for libel in British court, but the judge found in favor of Lipstadt, calling Irving a racist and anti-Semite. Sweet. Lipstadt was back in the news last spring when she refused to allow C-Span to tape a lecture she was giving. Why? The network wanted to air it back-to-back with one by Irving. Seems the battle against Holocaust deniers isn’t over yet.
www.lipstadt.blogspot.com. www.hdot.org.

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Best Local Magazine BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Jewish Life
You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate ATLANTA JEWISH LIFE. The magazine, which first published in the spring of 2001, comes out every other month and features short, sharply written articles on topics ranging from a Jewish girl’s journey to learn more about her infamous mobstermore...

You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate ATLANTA JEWISH LIFE. The magazine, which first published in the spring of 2001, comes out every other month and features short, sharply written articles on topics ranging from a Jewish girl’s journey to learn more about her infamous mobster uncle to a profile on Jewish comedian (and former Atlantan) David Cross. Editor Benyamin Cohen hasn’t missed a beat as he’s vested the publication with a young, hip sensibility. The July-August issue’s cover, “Jewish Radio Mafia: A Photo Essay,” is a brilliant, “Sopranos”-esque photo lineup of 12 of Atlanta’s Jewish radio personalities, including 99X’s Jimmy Baron and NPR’s Lois Reitzes.
www.atlantajewish.com.

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