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2009 Index of Winners

Best local methadone drone-pop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Abby Go Go
As relative newcomers to Atlanta’s music scene, ABBY GO GO has done their homework. The group draws from a mixed bag of noisy, drug-addled proto-punk and drone-rock luminaries, including the Velvet Underground, Stereolab, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other staples. But rather than simply imitatemore...
As relative newcomers to Atlanta’s music scene, ABBY GO GO has done their homework. The group draws from a mixed bag of noisy, drug-addled proto-punk and drone-rock luminaries, including the Velvet Underground, Stereolab, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other staples. But rather than simply imitate their heroes, the foursome stands on the shoulders of giants to offer a distinctly Southern vision of humid, spectral rock ’n' roll that's filled with an elegant, spaced-out plod. www.myspace.com/abbygogorocks. less...

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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The 808 Experience: vol. 1
Who knew that when SMKA Productions released its debut mixtape, THE 808 EXPERIENCE: VOL. 1, in December ’08 that it would mark the first wave of the crew's aural assault on Atlanta. Maybe their moniker, Super Market Knife Attack, should've been a dead giveaway. Executive-produced by nativesmore...
Who knew that when SMKA Productions released its debut mixtape, THE 808 EXPERIENCE: VOL. 1, in December ’08 that it would mark the first wave of the crew's aural assault on Atlanta. Maybe their moniker, Super Market Knife Attack, should've been a dead giveaway. Executive-produced by natives 808 Blake, 7 King and Mike Walbert, The 808 Experience marked a marriage between the Old South's affinity for 808 bass and the New South's retro-ATLien craze. With a hodge-podge of unsigned artists, from the hipster-approved to the most ’hood, it bridged the best of both worlds. www.thesmkaexperience.com. less...

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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SMKA's The 808 Experiment, Vol. 1

www.thesmkaexperience.com


Runner-up
B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray
www.myspace.com/bobatl

Best local music documentary series BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"The Stand on Demand"
Let's face it. Cable is full of reality TV shows that depict the fact and fantasy surrounding music's pop celebs — many of whom reside right here in our city. But none of the shows rep the real like the mini-doc series "THE STAND ON DEMAND." For three years, the Comcast OnDemand series (availablemore...
Let's face it. Cable is full of reality TV shows that depict the fact and fantasy surrounding music's pop celebs — many of whom reside right here in our city. But none of the shows rep the real like the mini-doc series "THE STAND ON DEMAND." For three years, the Comcast OnDemand series (available under Real City TV) has documented the underground hip-hop talent rarely seen or heard on the boobage tubage, including such local artists as Binkis Recs, DJ Rasta Root and Floyd the Locsmif. A sense of the city's underlying culture emerges with each episode, as artists reveal the love of craft that keeps them committed in spite of their indie struggles. Produced by Eljay Williams, with still photography by his wife, Shari, "The Stand On Demand" is the best reason to re-up on that ovepriced Comcast subscription. www.myspace.com/thestandondemand. less...

Best local music video with an elegant flair BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"Black and White"
The whole year long, Brittany Bosco dripped sweat on stages from Chicago to San Francisco and back promoting Spectrum — her independently released debut EP packaged in gold Bubble Wrap. But her most memorable performance comes in the three minutes and 21 seconds of the BangPop-produced videomore...
The whole year long, Brittany Bosco dripped sweat on stages from Chicago to San Francisco and back promoting Spectrum — her independently released debut EP packaged in gold Bubble Wrap. But her most memorable performance comes in the three minutes and 21 seconds of the BangPop-produced video for "BLACK AND WHITE." A haunting visual display, it highlights Bosco's subtler side and her smoldering, Sarah Vaughan-like vocal textures in a way barely hinted at onstage. Accompanied by naked piano keys, Bosco laments her forlorn lover while the camera taunts and teases her with tightly framed black-and-white shots and soft fades. She pulls off the nod to film noir without any unintended hokeyness, and instead perfectly embodies the era when ladies sang the blues wearing long, white satin gloves. And when she gently caresses her collarbone and lifts her doe eyes to the camera, it appears that the lost art of sophistication is on the come-up once more. www.myspace.com/brittanybosco. less...

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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The Balkans
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflectionsmore...
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflections of Radiohead, these kids are seasoned beyond their years. But they maintain their youthful abandon by concocting a jittery, fast-paced indie-rock grind so catchy and stylistic that it caught Atlanta by surprise. www.myspace.com/thebalkans. less...

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

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Attention System

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

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Gentleman Jesse
Since GENTLEMAN JESSE dropped his debut 7-inch, “I Don’t Wanna Know,” back in ’06, Atlanta’s consummate power-pop innovator has exerted a sweeping influence over the collective consciousness of the city's native rock scenes. The emphasis he places on the artmore...
Since GENTLEMAN JESSE dropped his debut 7-inch, “I Don’t Wanna Know,” back in ’06, Atlanta’s consummate power-pop innovator has exerted a sweeping influence over the collective consciousness of the city's native rock scenes. The emphasis he places on the art of songwriting, and the quick, concise pop inflections he’s mastered rise above the common vernacular of garage slop and punk-rock jitters. While the rest of the city's other bands have watched and followed, he continues to reach for a higher plane of musicianship. Whether performing as the right-hand man in the new Paul Collins Beat, or wielding a bass guitar in the Carbonas, a local music renaissance has fallen upon Atlanta, and much of it is at the hands of Gentleman Jesse Smith. www.myspace.com/gentlemanjesse. less...

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

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Black Lips

www.black-lips.com


Runner-up
Nerd Parade
www.nerdparade.net

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

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Illastrate

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

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OK Productions

www.okproductions.net


Runner-up
Dude City Productions
myspace.com/dudecityproductions

Best local promoter of Atlanta's rich hip-hop heritage BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Shameless Plug
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodiemore...
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodie Mob? Certainly, no one saw that coming — not even the members of Goodie Mob. Turns out SHAMELESS PLUG approached them, feeling that the time was ripe after rumors persisted for two years that the godfathers of Atlanta hip-hop had finally bonded behind the scenes. Coming on the heels of Vibe magazine's investigative piece documenting the rise and struggles of Southern rap's first family (the Dungeon Family, of which the Mob were founding members), the concert reflected the lifeblood of a subgenre. With so many promoters in the A — from run-of-the-mill to grade A — only a handful recognize their role as cultural curators. Count Shameless Plug among them. less...

Best local punk rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Predator
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannonmore...
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannon Greene (guitar/vocals) does it with style by stripping songs to their essentials, then drawing out a steady, aggressive plod with clean, razor-sharp edges that are minimalist by design but saturated with unadulterated catharsis. www.myspace.com/atlpredator. less...

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Rahbi

www.myspace.com/rahbi
Runners-up
Tie
Noot d' Noot
www.myspace.com/nootdnoot
and
Janelle Monae
www.jmonae.com
and
Ruby Velle
www.myspace.com/soulphonics

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Howlies
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narrativesmore...
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narratives about finding girls, losing girls and getting loaded, songs from Trippin' such as "Sea Level," "Smoke" and "Dirty Woman" exhibit moments of pure pop genius, and the kind of raw rock elation you’d never want your parents and co-workers to find out about. www.howlies.com. less...

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

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Nerd Parade

Best local singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Ben Trickey
The plight of the stark, lo-fi troubadour is not an easy one. In a post-Bright Eyes, post-Mountain Goats world, indie rock has seen just about every riveting trick one lonely man with a guitar can get away with — as well as the ones he can’t. But when BEN TRICKEY strums and sings aboutmore...
The plight of the stark, lo-fi troubadour is not an easy one. In a post-Bright Eyes, post-Mountain Goats world, indie rock has seen just about every riveting trick one lonely man with a guitar can get away with — as well as the ones he can’t. But when BEN TRICKEY strums and sings about the dark, emotional side of life as an imperfect man, you believe him. The characters and narratives in his songs resonate with somber timelessness, scorched tones and dirty production qualities that add depth to his frail and frazzled arrangements. www.bentrickey.com. less...

Best local singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Brian Wiltsey

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Caroline Engel

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

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Clermont Lounge

Runner-up
Halo
817 W. Peachtree St. #E100, 404-962-7333, www.halolounge.com

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Brick Store Pub

Runner-up
97 Estoria
727 Wylie St., 404-522-0966, www.97estoria.com

Best OTP music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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40 Watt Club

Runner-up
North River Tavern
8879 Roswell Road, 770-552-8784, www.northrivertavern.com

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Runner-up
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Way, 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

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529 Bar

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Runner-up
Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com

Best place to hear music for free BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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The Star Community Bar

Runners-up
Tie
Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-4024, www.piedmontpark.org
and
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., 404-215-9511, www.criminalatl.com

Best pool hall BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Twain's Brewpub & Billiards

Runner-up
The Independent
931 Monroe Drive #205, 404-249-9869, www.theindependentatlanta.com

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Runners-up
Tie
529
529 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-228-6769, www.529atl.com
and
Star Bar
437 Moreland Ave., 404-681-9018, www.starbar.net

Best sign that cock rock is back BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Whores
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.”more...
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.” But just when the vulgar display of power becomes too heavy for the faint of heart, drummer Travis Owen throws them a middle finger. He then proceeds to bounce his drumstick on the floor, catch it, twirl and shoot another bird in one fluid motion that would make even Diamond Dave want to play drums. www.myspace.com/whoresmusic. less...

Best sign that you can't keep a good music scene down BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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The Star Community Bar

Runner-up
Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com

Best song with a Georgia reference BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"Sweet Georgia"
Warning: Do not attempt to ride out while bumping "SWEET GEORGIA" by Konvict/Def Jam signee Cyhi Da Prynce unless you're prepared to spend a grip on gas. That's because shawty gets around like Tupac — especially within the 13th colony. A twanged-out acoustic guitar and bare-bones backbeat (Crownmore...
Warning: Do not attempt to ride out while bumping "SWEET GEORGIA" by Konvict/Def Jam signee Cyhi Da Prynce unless you're prepared to spend a grip on gas. That's because shawty gets around like Tupac — especially within the 13th colony. A twanged-out acoustic guitar and bare-bones backbeat (Crown Kingz Productions) make a less than likely pairing with Da Prynce's lazy, lyrical flow. But together they fit like shrimp and grits as the Stone Mountain native guides listeners through his stomping ground — which seemingly covers every speck of red clay south of the Appalachian Trail and north of the Okefenokee Swamp. He makes pit stops through towns (Forest Park, Macon, Dublin), colleges (Georgia Southern, Fort Valley, UGA), Atlanta thoroughfares (Campbellton, Bankhead, Glenwood), and even lock-ups (Hancock in Sparta and DeKalb County Jail). But buried within this veritable state anthem, Da Prynce delivers a winding narrative of his own dope boy travels and travails, as he reminisces from the back of a tour bus. And when he hoarsely sings the hook — "I say ohh-oh-ohh, swee-et Geor-jah" — it's so heartfelt, it'll put Ray Charles on your mind. www.myspace.com/dapryncehoodlum. less...

Best song with an Atlanta reference BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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"Kenny Rogers Tune," Nerd Parade

www.nerdparade.net


Runner-up
"Step Right Up," the Constellations
www.myspace.com/constellationsatl

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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STATS Brewpub

Runner-up
Woofs Atlanta
2425 Piedmont Road, 404-869-9422, www.woofsatlanta.com

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Clermont Lounge

Runner-up
Pink Pony
1837 Corporate Blvd., 404-634-6396
4730 Frontage Road, Forest Park, 404-361-5484
www.showbars.com

Best stripper BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Blondie at Clermont Lounge

Runner-up
Vagina Jenkins
www.myspace.com/vagina_jenkins

Best swingers club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Trapeze

Runner-up
Swinging Richards
1400 Northside Drive, 404-352-0532, www.swingingrichards.com

Best trivia night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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The Independent

Runner-up
Joe's on Juniper
1049 Juniper St., 404-875-6634, www.joesatlanta.com

Best urban music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Apache Cafe

Runner-up
MJQ Concourse
736 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-870-0575, www.myspace.com/mjqconcourse

Best weekly club night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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MJQ Concourse

Runner-up
Thursdays at the 10 High
816 N. Highland Ave., 404-873-3607, www.darkhorseatlanta.com

Filthy Pick: Best local band that'll scare your pants off BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Hawks
There comes a time during every HAWKS show where you start to fear for your own safety. Maybe it’s in watching singer Mike Keenan strip naked and do the zombie walk through the crowd, kissing and singing to whomever he can get his hands on. Or maybe it's seeing him stuff the microphone downmore...
There comes a time during every HAWKS show where you start to fear for your own safety. Maybe it’s in watching singer Mike Keenan strip naked and do the zombie walk through the crowd, kissing and singing to whomever he can get his hands on. Or maybe it's seeing him stuff the microphone down some unsuspecting audience member's pants and then finish the song with his face buried in their crotch. You'll likely want to move to the safety of the bar and order a drink, but the cacophonous punk/metal melee unfolding on and off stage is just too awesome to miss. www.myspace.com/hawksisaband. less...

Rich Pick: Best local new voice BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Boog Brown
The future of hip-hop has a past, and her name is BOOG BROWN. Two years ago, she was just a restless Detroit native and recent college graduate who thought she'd find better opportunity and a good job Down South. So she loaded up her stuff and she moved to "Black Hollywood" — Atlanta, that is.more...
The future of hip-hop has a past, and her name is BOOG BROWN. Two years ago, she was just a restless Detroit native and recent college graduate who thought she'd find better opportunity and a good job Down South. So she loaded up her stuff and she moved to "Black Hollywood" — Atlanta, that is. Shopping malls. Music stars. But Brown found herself more at home within the city's underground scene, where she met such collaborators as producer Illastrate. Already, she's proven herself to be that rare gem of an artist who can push a genre forward by taking it back to "The Essence," when, as she raps with a warm, detached flow on her first single, "shit used to be credible/incredible vocab/no amount of swagger hide a wack verse." The irony, of course, is that she unleashed that salvo, from her anticipated Miss Black America mixtape, smack dab in the middle of rap's swag capital. Despite all our fair city has to offer an up-and-coming MC, Atlanta needs Boog Brown more than she needs us. We need to remember how it feels to hang onto the edge of every lyric, to pause in the middle of a verse and rewind, to find ourselves transfixed and transformed by the renewing power of a rhyme. Atlanta should be so fortunate. www.myspace.com/bbrownfbgm. less...

Best affordable day care BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Haygood Preschool and Child Development Center

Runner-up
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 678-812-4000, atlantajcc.org

Best 'hood to find treasure among someone else's castoffs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Virginia-Highland
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broadmore...
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broad range of demographics: a good mix of upscale houses and itinerant apartment-dwellers; a dynamic blend of young hipsters and estate-sale seniors; acquisitive newcomers and eccentric old-timers. Best of all, on a good weekend, it has the highest yard-sale occurrence per capita of any place in Atlanta, so you won’t waste half your time in the car. less...

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up
Atlanta Pride Festival
atlantapride.org

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

Year » 2009
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Beltline
Regular CL readers know that we love us some BELTLINE. It's always Beltline this, Beltline that, Beltline cure for cancer, etc. There's just one hitch: It doesn't exactly exist yet - and won't for years to come. The city recently inked some land deals in the southwest quadrant, but half the Beltlinemore...
Regular CL readers know that we love us some BELTLINE. It's always Beltline this, Beltline that, Beltline cure for cancer, etc. There's just one hitch: It doesn't exactly exist yet - and won't for years to come. The city recently inked some land deals in the southwest quadrant, but half the Beltline property has yet to be acquired and some of it is still being used for freight traffic. City poobahs say the Beltline will have full-on light-rail transit, but many skeptics believe it simply will be a greenway and bike path. And the financing proposals are more than a little shaky. So, what’s the Beltline ever done for us? Well, it gives us something to hope for and dream about - it gives us a reason to believe that, someday, Atlanta will be a better place.www.beltline.org. less...

Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Destin, Fla.

Runner-up
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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

Runner-up
Bestiality with a dog

Best building BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Bank of America Plaza

Runner-up
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
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Hollis Gillespie

www.hollisgillespie.com


Runner-up
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

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