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2013 Best Of Atlanta Large


2013 Index of Winners

Best elected state official BOA Award Winner

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State Rep. Stacey Evans
She doesn't have a reserved seat on Sunday morning talk shows like Mayor Kasim Reed. Nor the penchant for protests like state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. But State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, deserves every bit as much of the spotlight. CL bestowed her with a 2012 Arnie Award - our annual accolademore...
She doesn't have a reserved seat on Sunday morning talk shows like Mayor Kasim Reed. Nor the penchant for protests like state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. But State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, deserves every bit as much of the spotlight. CL bestowed her with a 2012 Arnie Award - our annual accolade for do-gooders under the Gold Dome - for coming back early from maternity leave to protest abortion legislation by wrapping herself in caution tape with other female Democratic lawmakers on the House floor. Evans took home yet another Arnie in 2013, this time for her adamant push to lower the HOPE scholarship's grade point average requirements for tech school students. Her proposal, which was designed to give students better access to vocational training opportunities at technical colleges, gained bipartisan support from her fellow lawmakers - as well as a reluctant Gov. Nathan Deal. www.staceyevans.org. less...

Best elementary school BOA Award Winner

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Mary Lin Elementary School

Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

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Dogwood Festival AND SweetWater 420 Fest

Best free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

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Tybee Island

Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

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Helen

Best high School BOA Award Winner

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Midtown High School

Best hiking spot BOA Award Winner

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Best hotel BOA Award Winner

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Hotel Midtown (formerly W Midtown)

Best Instagram hashtag BOA Award Winner

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  1. WELOVEATL
Every serious Instragrammer (and yes, we mean serious mobile artist) has his or her own favorite hashtags. They offer context, and even a sense of community, around a photo that's being shared. While lots of cellular photographers use #latergram or #vscocam, Atlanta's cellular shutterbugs rely upon themore...
Every serious Instragrammer (and yes, we mean serious mobile artist) has his or her own favorite hashtags. They offer context, and even a sense of community, around a photo that's being shared. While lots of cellular photographers use #latergram or #vscocam, Atlanta's cellular shutterbugs rely upon the beloved #WELOVEATL. Sparked by local photographers Tim Moxley, Aaron Coury, Keith Weaver, and Brandon Barr, the hashtag has now become an easy way to gaze upon the city and its characters. Its founders also recently bought a truck to serve as a mobile gallery. With one quick scroll through thousands of the tagged photos, you'll find an impressive collection of subjects, including the Majestic Diner's neon sign, High Museum artwork, Living Walls murals, and yes, a treasure trove of Kelvin-filtered skyline shots. Cutesy? Yeah. But if you're looking for a constantly refreshing photo essay of Atlanta, #weloveatl is waiting for you. www.instagram.com/WELOVEATL. less...

Best intown park BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best jogging path BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best landmark BOA Award Winner

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Clermont Lounge

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

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Wild Cherri

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

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Wrestling with Pop Culture

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

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Jonathan Williams

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

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NeNe Leakes

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

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John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local Instagram feed BOA Award Winner

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weloveatl

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

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Maria Saporta

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

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Kasim Reed

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

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"Game Time" with Carl Dukes and Kordell Stewart on 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
atlanta.cbslocal.com

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

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Turner Field

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

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Russ Spencer

Best local Twitter feed BOA Award Winner

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@sarahmincher

Best local weather guy/gal BOA Award Winner

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Glenn Burns

Best middle School BOA Award Winner

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Samuel M. Inman Middle School

Best morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

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"The Regular Guys" on 100.5 (WNNX-FM)

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

Best neighborhood to live in without a car BOA Award Winner

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Midtown
If you've got to make Atlanta work without a car - which, no joke, is possible - Midtown is the place to do it. This sky-high 'hood boasts all you need for transit-/walk-/bike-friendly living: a Publix to keep your stomach full and a smorgasbord of bars to keep your liver constantly under attack;more...
If you've got to make Atlanta work without a car - which, no joke, is possible - Midtown is the place to do it. This sky-high 'hood boasts all you need for transit-/walk-/bike-friendly living: a Publix to keep your stomach full and a smorgasbord of bars to keep your liver constantly under attack; three convenient MARTA rail stops (North Avenue, Midtown, Arts Center); nearby culture at the Woodruff Arts Center and Fox Theatre, among other spots; and one of the city's best greenspaces, Piedmont Park. While the neighborhood borders on being too cookie-cutter for some, it's just a short walk to the Atlanta Beltline and the new Eastside Trail, which leads directly to Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, and beyond. www.midtownatl.com. less...

Best new Atlanta sports legend BOA Award Winner

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Evan Gattis
How's this for a story? Dallas native Evan Gattis' improbable road to the majors started with a tumultuous college career filled with overwhelming anxiety, self-medication with drugs and booze, and a rehab stint. He quit baseball and went on to become a parking valet, a pizza parlor employee, a ski-liftmore...
How's this for a story? Dallas native Evan Gattis' improbable road to the majors started with a tumultuous college career filled with overwhelming anxiety, self-medication with drugs and booze, and a rehab stint. He quit baseball and went on to become a parking valet, a pizza parlor employee, a ski-lift operator, and a janitor. After meeting a spiritual advisor, he decided to give baseball one more shot, and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Fast forward after three years in the minors and "El Oso Blanco" is now one of the team's breakout stars and a viable Rookie of the Year candidate. www.twitter.com/BulldogBeing. less...

Best new revitalization project BOA Award Winner

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Emerald Corridor
If there's a part of Atlanta that's seen as little investment as southwest Atlanta, it's northwest Atlanta. Running through that long-overlooked part of town is Proctor Creek, a polluted waterway stretching from Vine City and English Avenue to the Chattahoochee River. It's an untapped asset that, thanksmore...
If there's a part of Atlanta that's seen as little investment as southwest Atlanta, it's northwest Atlanta. Running through that long-overlooked part of town is Proctor Creek, a polluted waterway stretching from Vine City and English Avenue to the Chattahoochee River. It's an untapped asset that, thanks to a bold plan by some private developers, could become the Emerald Corridor, a linear park and bike trail flanked by smart development. The project has the blessing of the federal government and is far along in discussions with City Hall, which is providing some land. Much like the Beltline or every other project that aims to improve an area, it could spark questions and concerns about public investment and gentrification. But it has great potential to revitalize the area and will be something to watch unfold. less...

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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SkyView Atlanta

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

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WABE-FM (90.1)

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

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WABE-FM (90.1)
For years, WABE (90.1 FM) has been a news staple. Now it's a force. Over the last few years, the public radio station's board has pumped long overdue cash into its headquarters, invested in a beefed-up staff, and added more news programs. The result is host Denis O'Hayer breaking news and snagging majormore...
For years, WABE (90.1 FM) has been a news staple. Now it's a force. Over the last few years, the public radio station's board has pumped long overdue cash into its headquarters, invested in a beefed-up staff, and added more news programs. The result is host Denis O'Hayer breaking news and snagging major interviews, interim news director Charles Edwards dispatching a diverse team of reporters into the field, and young producers such as Myke Johns and Kate Sweeney injecting new energy into the station with compelling cultural coverage. www.wabe.org. less...

Best off-the-beaten-path tourist destination BOA Award Winner

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Oakland Cemetery

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park

Best overrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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The Varsity (7 ATL Locations)

Best party school BOA Award Winner

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Georgia State University

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

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"Southside" Steve Rickman

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

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Kasim Reed AND Nathan Deal
www.kasimreed.com AND gov.georgia.gov

Best Picnic spot BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

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Little Five Points

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best playground BOA Award Winner

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Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best print journalist BOA Award Winner

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Greg Bluestein
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development,more...
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development, but it quickly became clear that he could cover anything. Bluestein's name started appearing on political stories and pretty much everything else. In addition to uncovering questionable expenses that led to the resignation of the Atlanta Beltline's CEO, he's reported on corporations underwriting Gov. Nathan Deals trip to China and Gold Dome shenanigans during the legislative session. He's an attack dog and a workhorse and he's one of the biggest strengths at the metro region's paper of record. www.twitter.com/Bluestein. less...

Best public basketball court BOA Award Winner

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Central Park

Best public pool BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

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