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Cityscape


Best pretentious place in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Buckhead

www.buckhead.org


Runner-up
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road N.E., www.simon.com

Best radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Mara Davis, Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)

Runner-up
Bert Weiss on Q100 (99.7 WWWQ-FM)
780 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., 404-741-7100, www.q100atlanta.com

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Q100 - All The Hits

Runner-up
Mara Davis' "Free Lunch" on Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-898-8900, www.929dave.fm

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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99X (97.9 WWWQ-FM)

Runner-up
Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-741-0929, www.929dave.fm

Best street character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

www.batonbob.com


Runner-up
Bicycle shorts man

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

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Decatur

Runner-up
Dunwoody

Best tree to climb BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Runner-up
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-0494, www.decaturga.com

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Restaurants

Runner-up
Dance

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

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Cabbagetown post-tornado

Runner-up
Jenn Hobby's dog

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

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103.3 (WVEE-FM)

Runner-up
WRAS-FM (88.5)
66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Tech

www.gatech.edu


Runner-up
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive, 404-727-6069, www.emory.edu

Best marching band BOA Award Winner

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Seed and Feed Marching Abominable

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

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Parking deck collapse

Best building BOA Award Winner

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Bank of America Plaza

Best affordable day care BOA Award Winner

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Haygood

Best posh preschool BOA Award Winner

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Riverstone Montessori Academy

Best diverse school BOA Award Winner

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Georgia State University

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Tech

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie

Best local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

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David O' Brien, ajc.com

Best country music radio station BOA Award Winner

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Kicks 101.5 (WKHK-FM)

Best grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

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Atlantans Together Against Crime (ATAC)

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

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Cabbagetown post-tornado

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Best free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

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 intown park BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best tree to climb BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best jazz radio station BOA Award Winner

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91.9 (WCLK-FM)

Best jogging path BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Parkway Trail

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons

Best local blog/blogger BOA Award Winner

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Tessa Horehled, DriveAFasterCar.com

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

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Jennifer Zyman

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

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Jane Fonda

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

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Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best local rabble-rouser BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz

Best local sports radio show host BOA Award Winner

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Steak Shapiro, "Mayhem in the A.M.," WQXI-AM (790)

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

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Bert Show

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Braves

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

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Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

Best local personality to follow on Twitter BOA Award Winner

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Whynatte

Best morning drive-time show BOA Award Winner

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Bert Show

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

Best neighborhood for nightlife BOA Award Winner

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East Atlanta

Best down-to-earth place in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Decatur

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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90.1 (WABE-FM)

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Virginia-Highland

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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WRAS 88.5
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialtymore...
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialty shows as "Dot Dash," "Houseworks," "Martinis Con Queso," "Mighty Aphrodite," "The Blue Note" and "Soul Kitchen" play all of the post-punk, house, lounge, new wave, jazz and everything else you won't hear on big-money mainstream stations. And if the trusty Shazam on ye olde iPhone doesn’t recognize the eclectic array of musical selections emanating from your speakers, the spry, young DJs have been known to rehash their setlists via e-mail or phone. 66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280. 404-413-9727. www.gsu.edu/~www885. less...

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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WRAS 88.5

www.gsu.edu/~www885


Runner-up
90.1 (WABE-FM)
740 Bismark Road N.E., 678-686-0321, www.pba.org

Best overrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Georgia Aquarium

Runner-up
Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive N.W. # 14250, www.atlanticstation.com

Best people you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Runner-up
Neal Boortz

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Shirley Franklin
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little ladymore...
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little lady with the big flower on her lapel always calls it like she sees it, unlike countless other politicians we could name. There’s something of an unvarnished air about her, a genuineness that keeps her down-to-earth and relatable — even when you don’t agree with what she’s saying. www.atlantaga.gov/Mayor. less...

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

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John Oxendine
We all knew he had goofy hair and was a terrible driver. But until JOHN OXENDINE began running for governor, we didn’t realize just what kind of Christian conservative whack-job our state insurance commissioner seems to be. Since he launched his campaign, Oxendine has publicly opposed Sundaymore...
We all knew he had goofy hair and was a terrible driver. But until JOHN OXENDINE began running for governor, we didn’t realize just what kind of Christian conservative whack-job our state insurance commissioner seems to be. Since he launched his campaign, Oxendine has publicly opposed Sunday alcohol sales; proposed that MARTA be privatized; made a video in which he promises to run Planned Parenthood out of business; advocated Georgia’s secession from the United States; and plumbed new depths of banality through Twitter. Favorite Ox tweet: “We finished the nursery for baby Jake. The room is Confederate Gray. Reminds me of why I am running.” Were they out of Antebellum Apricot at Pottery Barn Kids? Anyway, with each fresh lunacy, the Ox has become the most entertaining Georgia political figure since former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, and is certain to keep us smiling — until we actually have to go to the polls. www.johnoxendine.com. less...

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

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Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runner-up
Cynthia McKinney

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Runner-up
Little Five Points
www.l5p.com

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Runner-up
Freedom Park
1500 Clifton Terrace N.E., 404-817-6813, www.freedompark.org

Best playground BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Runner-up
John Howell Park
869 Virginia Ave. N.E., 404-817-6744, www.atlanta-midtown.com

Best posh preschool BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Riverstone Montessori Academy

Runner-up
Paideia
1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-377-3491, www.paideiaschool.org

Best posterchild for grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Kyle Keyser
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’tmore...
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’t sit on his hands, and after the January 2009 murder of bartender John Henderson, he and a few friends launched Atlantans Together Against Crime, a nonprofit citizens’ group that quickly attracted more than 6,700 members on Facebook and became the loudest voice to raise awareness about the city’s public safety problem. On Sept. 2, he announced his candidacy for Atlanta mayor. Whether brandishing a bullhorn at monthly rallies around the city or posing questions to the Atlanta Police Department’s top brass at press conferences, Keyser’s been the voice that the city too busy to act sorely needed. <a href="http://"www.atlantanstogether.org">www.atlantanstogether.org, www.kyle.tv. less...

Best pretentious place in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Buckhead

www.buckhead.org


Runner-up
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road N.E., www.simon.com

Best pretentious place in metro Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Serenbe
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But atmore...
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But at its best, Serenbe is a meticulously planned, beautifully realized vision of a small-town community within an idyllic rural setting. Most small towns, however, can’t boast two regional destination restaurants; a well-appointed country inn; a thriving organic farm; miles of peaceful walking trails; a collection of upscale boutiques and galleries; and a nonprofit cultural institute that sponsors artists in residence, lectures, monthly film screenings and performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. That Serenbe is basically in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes from downtown, only adds to its showy allure. www.serenbe.com. less...

Best private-school education for public-school cost BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Midtown High School
It's no surprise why Atlanta parents are always angling to send their child to HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL in Midtown. Named after the pioneering Atlanta Constitution editor who urged progress through cooperation after the Civil War, Grady High School prides itself on diversity, educational offeringsmore...
It's no surprise why Atlanta parents are always angling to send their child to HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL in Midtown. Named after the pioneering Atlanta Constitution editor who urged progress through cooperation after the Civil War, Grady High School prides itself on diversity, educational offerings and a faculty so beloved you'd think parents wanted to adopt the teachers as well. More than 62 percent of its student body is African-American, and 91 of the last school year's 234 graduates came from economically disadvantaged homes. Its well-regarded magnet program hammers the importance and power of communications and journalism, and a health science career academy introduces students to a promising field. And while disparities do exist among students' testing scores, this intown gem is a public-education standout that believes in giving the city's children the tools they need. srt5.atlantapublicschools.us/grady/site/default.asp. less...

Best radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Mara Davis, Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)

Runner-up
Bert Weiss on Q100 (99.7 WWWQ-FM)
780 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., 404-741-7100, www.q100atlanta.com

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Q100 - All The Hits

Runner-up
Mara Davis' "Free Lunch" on Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-898-8900, www.929dave.fm

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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99X (97.9 WWWQ-FM)

Runner-up
Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-741-0929, www.929dave.fm

Best slice of prime-time schadenfreude BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Say what you will about Bravo's "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA" — they've kept the city (or more specifically, Duluth) in the national media spotlight. The housewives — former Xscape singer Kandi Burruss, obligatory-wife-of-an-athlete Lisa Wu Hartwell, socialite NeNe Leakes, divorceemore...
Say what you will about Bravo's "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA" — they've kept the city (or more specifically, Duluth) in the national media spotlight. The housewives — former Xscape singer Kandi Burruss, obligatory-wife-of-an-athlete Lisa Wu Hartwell, socialite NeNe Leakes, divorcee and would-be designer Sheree Whitfield, and "country singer"/wig lover Kim Zolciak — ferry themselves to parties, charity events and restaurants while offering up varying degrees of fabulosity, vanity and over-the-top interpersonal relations. (Burruss, a new addition to the cast and a Grammy-winning songwriter who co-wrote "No Scrubs" for TLC, seems egregiously grounded. Here's hoping she catfights someone in a fountain by season's end.) The franchise is founded on two principles: Shiny things are better when they're expensive, and oblivious people make wonderful television. www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta. less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Prince Daweed
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners?more...
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners? We’ll tell you who: A person who’s at peace with himself, filled with joy, and just plain happy. Weird, huh? But honestly, it makes sense. You’d be in a perpetual good mood, too, if — as Daweed has confessed to CL — you spent all day getting pumped up on the Bee Gees, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind and Fire. less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Baton Bob

www.batonbob.com


Runner-up
Bicycle shorts man

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Decatur

Runner-up
Dunwoody

Best tree to climb BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Piedmont Park

Runner-up
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-0494, www.decaturga.com

Best underrated local athlete BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Ilya Kovalchuk
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime.more...
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime. Overshadowed or forced to share the spotlight at various points in his career with superstars Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa, Kovalchuk put together arguably his most impressive campaign last season when he was the team's sole source of offensive firepower, scoring 43 goals and netting a total of 91 points — the second-highest total of his career. Kovalchuk's sustained level of dominance in his sport place him on a tier far above any other current local athlete, including Braves all-star Brian McCann and Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan. Keep your fingers crossed, though — 2009 was the last year in his contract and it's unknown if he'll renew with the team. thrashers.nhl.com. less...

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Restaurants

Runner-up
Dance

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Cabbagetown post-tornado

Runner-up
Jenn Hobby's dog

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
103.3 (WVEE-FM)

Runner-up
WRAS-FM (88.5)
66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Georgia Tech

www.gatech.edu


Runner-up
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive, 404-727-6069, www.emory.edu

Filthy Pick: Best way to explore the city without spending a dime BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Bike culture
Atlanta has always been known as a car-centric city. And with its endless hills, dangerous intersections and crazy drivers, it’s never been a particularly hospitable place for cyclists. Yet, despite all hindrances, BIKE CULTURE persists and even thrives here. And it’s not simply spandex-cladmore...
Atlanta has always been known as a car-centric city. And with its endless hills, dangerous intersections and crazy drivers, it’s never been a particularly hospitable place for cyclists. Yet, despite all hindrances, BIKE CULTURE persists and even thrives here. And it’s not simply spandex-clad racers or gear-headed mountain bikers taking to the streets. The current two-wheel craze has become a low-tech, egalitarian social movement that embraces all kinds of bikes — three-speeds, fixies, cruisers, road bikes, junkers — for the purpose of riding for recreation and basic transportation. Neighborhood rides have become commonplace all across the city, most notably the monthly Critical Mass gatherings, in which sometimes hundreds of riders take over the streets of downtown Atlanta. Because that’s how we roll. less...

Rich Pick: Best place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Sweetwater Creek State Park
The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek —more...
The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek — especially post-rainfall — makes for an excellent kayaking run. For a more peaceful Sweetwater experience, there's usually ducks to feed along the reservoir, not to mention multiple docks for fishing. And while not technically a part of nature, the New Manchester Manufacturing Co., a textile mill burned during the Civil War, connects the site to the area's conflicted history and provides an imposing spot to take photos, have a picnic, or use as a landmark during treks. 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871. www.gastateparks.org/info/sweetwater. less...

Best marching band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Seed and Feed Marching Abominable

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Pamela Graf

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Parking deck collapse

Best building BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Bank of America Plaza

Best affordable day care BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Haygood

Best posh preschool BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Riverstone Montessori Academy

Best diverse school BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Georgia State University

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Georgia Tech

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Hollis Gillespie

Best local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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David O' Brien, ajc.com

Best muckraker in lean media times BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Jim Walls

Best answer to Atlanta's problems that's still decades away BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Beltline

Best country music radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Kicks 101.5 (WKHK-FM)

Best grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Atlantans Together Against Crime (ATAC)

Best posterchild for grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Kyle Keyser

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Cabbagetown post-tornado

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Best free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Piedmont Park

Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
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