It’s easy to get caught in Atlanta’s glitzy grip. What with the backdrop of reality TV stars, the glut of luxurious restaurants, the saturation of sublime shopping, and the abundance of cultural hot spots, we certainly aren’t lacking in the fab factor.
But tough economic times over the past year had us reining in the spending. The thought of enjoying our city’s wealth of interesting places and activities may have even been fraught with anxiety — dare we say guilt.
But when your money’s tight, that’s the time to get crafty. Instead of buying a house, maybe you learn to simply enjoy a stroll through a walkable neighborhood. Or you might ditch the expensive eateries for a local specialty store that sells the ingredients for whipping up a dynamite meal at home.
The fact is, there’s no shortage of tools for living richly, whether you’re flush with cash or subsisting on the cheap — it just takes a little extra effort. That’s what this year’s Best of Atlanta is all about: reminding you of the annual standouts that are no doubt worth the money, while uncovering the less costly but just as valuable gems our city has to offer.
And if you won’t take our critics’ word for it, your fellow Atlantans have a few suggestions on what they’d do if they were filthy rich — or dirt poor.
In the meantime, get wrapped up in this delightfully dirty idea: No matter how high your tax bracket or how low your gas tank, living in Atlanta can truly be a Filthy Rich experience.
— T. Chanté LaGon