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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 Place to Drop a Wad on Skinny Jeans BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Blue Genes
Though we swore we'd never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we'd have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's, Rock and Republic, Seven - the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zippermore...
Though we swore we'd never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we'd have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's, Rock and Republic, Seven - the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zipper up, we got sucked into the long-running trend. And once we were finally able to stand up and get a glimpse of our skinny legs in the mirror, we were sold. Before we knew it, we were forking over $200 and shimmying our skinny self out the door, vowing never to eat again. less...

Best Place to Fill Your Tank BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Quiktrip
It might only be a penny cheaper by the gallon compared with its closest competitor, but Atlanta's four QUIKTRIP stations offer something more than cheap gas: consistent prices. When we compared gas-by-the-gallon rates at www.atlantagasprices.com, we found that QuikTrip was the only station in the citymore...
It might only be a penny cheaper by the gallon compared with its closest competitor, but Atlanta's four QUIKTRIP stations offer something more than cheap gas: consistent prices. When we compared gas-by-the-gallon rates at www.atlantagasprices.com, we found that QuikTrip was the only station in the city that had the same regular-grade price at all of its locations: $2.79. Prices at five of Atlanta's BP stations, on the other hand, ranged from $2.80 to a whopping $3.19. QuikTrip also has some of the lowest prices in the burbs, where gas prices can be significantly lower than in town. Here's to QuikTrip, for keeping gas prices low no matter where in the city you fill 'er up. less...

Elizabeth Elkins: My Favorite Place for a Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape
Oakland Cemetery
I've lived in Atlanta for more than a decade, so I've been to OAKLAND CEMETERY many, many times. And have, unfortunately, many times tried to sneak alcohol into Oakland which of course is prohibited. So I've gotten really good at scaling walls. A cheap date for me would be a picnic lunch at Oaklandmore...
I've lived in Atlanta for more than a decade, so I've been to OAKLAND CEMETERY many, many times. And have, unfortunately, many times tried to sneak alcohol into Oakland which of course is prohibited. So I've gotten really good at scaling walls. A cheap date for me would be a picnic lunch at Oakland Cemetery. I have a couple of reasons for that. The first is that it appeals to both my inner Morrissey and my inner goth. I've actually gone on a couple of dates there. It's really nice. The view of the city is so great. A couple of Fourth of Julys ago, I got the guard to let me and a date stay in after closing to watch the fireworks there. That was a really cool one. For a first date, you can find out a lot about a person by taking them to a cemetery. That would be an instant turn-off for some people, and for other people that would be an instant turn-on. " As told to Mosi Reeves" less...

Best Commitment to Bizarro Humor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
The Movie Version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF "AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,"

Susan V. Booth: My Favorite Theatre in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape
Peachtree Road Race
Nope, it's not what you're thinking. Although it, too, is on Peachtree Street. It involves a cast of about 55,000 people performing on a 6.2-mile-long stage, all wearing very similar costumes. (Except for the totally hot firemen who run in full regalia and make everyone a little jealous.) Nothing makesmore...
Nope, it's not what you're thinking. Although it, too, is on Peachtree Street. It involves a cast of about 55,000 people performing on a 6.2-mile-long stage, all wearing very similar costumes. (Except for the totally hot firemen who run in full regalia and make everyone a little jealous.) Nothing makes me happier about being an Atlantan than running the Peachtree Road Race. It creates a kind of instant community that begins when you pass fellow trainers on the street the weekends before the race, continues as you sit with fellow carb loaders at the pasta place of your choice the night before, and totally explodes on the Fourth of July. From the 65-year-old sweaty guy running Cardiac Crest backwards so he can better advise the twentysomethings behind him about how to pace themselves, to the always fantastic percussion-and-dance ensemble cheering runners in front of MOCA GA, to the overgrown frat boys alternating water stops with beer chugs you can't write characters that good. " As told to Curt Holman" less...

Mike Geier: My Favorite Cartoon Network BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape
Adult Swim
I love the fact that ADULT SWIM is located here, not only because I often find myself gainfully involved in some of its projects (like composing multiple songs for '12 oz. Mouse,' appearing in commercials for 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and acting in a soon-to-be-released live-action series), but becausemore...
I love the fact that ADULT SWIM is located here, not only because I often find myself gainfully involved in some of its projects (like composing multiple songs for '12 oz. Mouse,' appearing in commercials for 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and acting in a soon-to-be-released live-action series), but because Adult Swim is one of Turner's coolest programming ideas. Adult Swim also employs some of the country's most talented comedic writers and animators who often branch out to produce their own interesting independent films. You can find crazy film projects from the likes of 'Aqua Teen' creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis on SuperDeluxe.com. 'Aqua Teen' producer/editor Jay Edwards has produced and directed several film projects including his latest,"Stomp! Shout! Scream!" I love anything that nurtures this kind of local talent, and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim proves especially to be just that kind of mother. " As told to David Lee Simmons" less...


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