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Best Of Atlanta 2007 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

The past year hasn’t been awful. Meteors didn’t pummel the 17th Street bridge to dust. Locusts didn’t swarm the samosa tray at Your DeKalb Farmers Market. Mounted Mongol invaders didn’t sack Grant Park and eat Mei Lan. Yet.

But a spike in crime, a dip in the housing market, careless missteps by police and city leaders, and, well, Michael Vick have turned our civic mood ring from blue to gray.

What better time, then, to seek solace by reflecting on some of the things old and new, trendy and timeless, that we love about our town — whether it’s the diversity of Buford Highway or the charm of our distinctive intown neighborhoods.

Maddening though it can be sometimes (witness the last session of the General Assembly), Atlanta is a profoundly interesting place to live. In a generation, it’s morphed from a provincial podunk to a behemoth of international business and a cultural mecca.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a hipster in an ironic tee, a scenester clubbing in designer duds, a company foot soldier producing stacks of TPS reports or a refugee fleeing an African war zone. Atlanta has a job for you, a place to live and a bar for you to hang out with your friends.

— Andisheh Nouraee

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Parkway

Best Playground BOA Award Winner

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John Howell Park

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

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Mara Davis, Dave FM

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Dave FM 92.9

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Rocks!

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Project 96.1 (WKLS-FM)

Best Local Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

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Decatur

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Aquarium

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Traffic

Best Sign Atlanta Isn't Like the Rest of Georgia BOA Award Winner

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Traffic

Best Sign That Atlanta Isn't Turning Into Houston BOA Award Winner

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Trees

Best Underrated Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Trees

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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95.5 The Beat

Best Local YouTube Video BOA Award Winner

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Willy Terry story

Best Commitment to Bizarro Humor BOA Award Winner

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The Movie Version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF "AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,"

Best Website for Shopping, Sex and Miscellaneous Weirdness BOA Award Winner

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Craigslist
CRAIGSLIST is more than just a shopper’s mecca. Its “anything goes” posting policy has made it a repository for users’ deepest and weirdest thoughts. Though it pains us to say this since Craigslist has taken a huge chunk of newspaper revenues, we still have to givemore...

CRAIGSLIST is more than just a shopper’s mecca. Its “anything goes” posting policy has made it a repository for users’ deepest and weirdest thoughts. Though it pains us to say this since Craigslist has taken a huge chunk of newspaper revenues, we still have to give props. Whether you’re looking for a guitar, a couch, a car or a house, it’s a great place to browse. On a given day, you’ll also find things such as heartfelt letters penned to anonymous grocery-store clerks someone was afraid to talk to, invitations by men who want to “swap body rubs,” and obscene racist rants about problems with Mexican drivers. Craigslist is part shopping mall, part diary, part bathroom wall.


www.atlanta.craigslist.com

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Best Yearly-Orama BOA Award Winner

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Corndogorama
Whether seen as a defiant indulgence, kitschy novelty or unexpected projectile, it’s hard to deny the mysterious allure of the corn dog. No wonder David Railey has spent so much energy nurturing Atlanta’s CORNDOGORAMA. The indie-fried omnifest rocked through its 11th year in July, despitemore...

Whether seen as a defiant indulgence, kitschy novelty or unexpected projectile, it’s hard to deny the mysterious allure of the corn dog. No wonder David Railey has spent so much energy nurturing Atlanta’s CORNDOGORAMA. The indie-fried omnifest rocked through its 11th year in July, despite a somewhat sour relocation from the Earl to Lenny’s, and seems poised to keep growing in its new home. The 2007 edition was headlined by Atlanta metal rockers Mastodon, and featured local up-and-comers the Coathangers, the Selmanaires and Snowden. As with any festival that really cares about its congregation, there are gimmicks and games aplenty, including motorcycle stunts, a corn-dog-eating contest, the Queen Corndog pageant, a heavy-metal petting zoo and 40-yard flip-flop race.


www.corndogorama.com

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Timeless: Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

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Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville,more...

TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during “The Today Show.” Even then, it was obvious there was something about her that made you stop what you were doing to watch. Today, she’s a part of the fabric of the city. Pearson’s ace in the hole is her hard-to-categorize-yet-undeniable charisma. Maybe it’s her vaguely diva-esque bearing. Maybe it’s her adventurous hairstyle choices. We’re not sure what. All we know is that whatever “it” is, she has it.


www.wsbtv.com

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Trendy: Best Blogger BOA Award Winner

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Griftdrift
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political,more...

Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political, legal and media hypocrisy surrounding the Genarlow Wilson case. When the U.S. attorney in Atlanta ripped the Douglas County prosecutor for having distributed a video of Wilson and an underaged girl having sex, his statement was uncannily similar to the ones GriftDrift had been making for weeks.


www.griftdrift.blogspot.com

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Best Blogger BOA Award Winner

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Griftdrift
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political,more...
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political, legal and media hypocrisy surrounding the Genarlow Wilson case. When the U.S. attorney in Atlanta ripped the Douglas County prosecutor for having distributed a video of Wilson and an underaged girl having sex, his statement was uncannily similar to the ones GriftDrift had been making for weeks.www.griftdrift.blogspot.com less...

Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., asmore...
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during "The Today Show." less...

Ryan Gravel: My Favorite Addition to the Local Skyline BOA Award Winner

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Tribute Lofts
I don't live at TRIBUTE LOFTS (241 Boulevard, 404-525-0507), so I can't enjoy the Wi-Fi'd sundeck, rooftop mineral spa or its unbelievable skyline view (unless someone invites me over). But I can enjoy the building's smart, sophisticated exterior: its urban frontage on Boulevard that will soon be homemore...
I don't live at TRIBUTE LOFTS (241 Boulevard, 404-525-0507), so I can't enjoy the Wi-Fi'd sundeck, rooftop mineral spa or its unbelievable skyline view (unless someone invites me over). But I can enjoy the building's smart, sophisticated exterior: its urban frontage on Boulevard that will soon be home to street-level life and retail, its elegantly abstract pattern of glass facing on Freedom Parkway, and the fact that it's scaled correctly for little J.W. Dobbs Avenue at the edge of Atlanta's hip Old Fourth Ward. The building masters its site and context. It maximizes views and density within a fresh and modern aesthetic. It's not overbearing, bulky or cheap (like the loft development across the street. This town could use a lot more of this. " As told to Andisheh Nouraee" less...

Best Local Fighter for the Environment (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Laura Turner Seydel

Best Local Fighter for the Environment (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Sally Bethea

Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

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Chris Benoit murdering his wife and child then taking his own life

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

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Monica Pearson

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

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Monica Pearson

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Kicks 101.5

Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Pride Festival

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Destin, Fla

Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

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Blue Ridge Mountains

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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East Lake Country Club

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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107.5 WJZZ

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Park PATH

Best Local Athlete BOA Award Winner

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Jeff Francoeur

Best Local General Interest Website BOA Award Winner

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Access Atlanta website

Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz's website

Best Local Blogger (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Cable & Tweed

Best Local Blogger (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Preston Craig

Best Local Sports Website BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Braves website

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard

Best Local Hero (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Local Hero (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin

Best Locally Produced Podcast BOA Award Winner

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Paste Culture Club

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

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Brandon Bond

Best Local Sports Radio Show Host BOA Award Winner

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Two Live Stews

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

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Monica Pearson

Best New Loft/Condo Development BOA Award Winner

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Atlantic Station

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

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Bert Weiss and the Bert Show on Q100 (100.5)

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

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

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East Atlanta Village

Best Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

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1180 Peachtree

Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Aquarium

Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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88.5 The Album

Best OTP Park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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East Atlanta Village

Best Overrated Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Underground Atlanta

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz


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