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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

“The Bert Show” (Bert Weiss)
Q-100 WWWQ-FM (100.5) Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m. 404-741-1005 www.q100atlanta.com

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree
The 41-story glass tower rising on the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets marks the tallest construction in Atlanta in more than a dozen years. But 1180 PEACHTREE, designed by the prestigious Connecticut firm Pickard Chilton, has more than height going for it. The building’s swooping linesmore...

The 41-story glass tower rising on the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets marks the tallest construction in Atlanta in more than a dozen years. But 1180 PEACHTREE, designed by the prestigious Connecticut firm Pickard Chilton, has more than height going for it. The building’s swooping lines evoke the contours of a gigantic, shimmering cell phone. Or is it a neo-gothic cathedral? Either way, it’s also the largest structure in Atlanta to attain “green” status; developer Hines Interests is constructing the tower using at least 10 percent recycled materials, and it will be outfitted with water-saver toilets and faucets. The high-rise, informally known as Symphony Tower, is scheduled to open next year, when mega-firm King & Spalding sets up shop on 17 floors.
www.1180peachtree.com.

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Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Album 88
WRAS-FM (88.5) 404-651-4488 www.gsu.edu

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Ty Pennington
Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team —more...

Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team — let’s make this family’s dream come true!” But so what? Pennington, who was raised in Atlanta, broke into showbiz as the token hot-guy carpenter on “Trading Spaces.” Now he actually helps families in need. Among other things, he and his crew have enlarged the home of a couple expecting triplets, and remodeled a house so a wheelchair-bound teenager could get around more easily. Watch out, Oprah.
www.tythehandyguy.com.

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Best Place to Bike BOA Award Winner

Arabia Mountain Trail
A few years back it was the poor man’s Stone Mountain, but thanks to DeKalb’s much-touted greenspace program, ARABIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL has come into its own. The county is completing an ambitious trail network through the 2,000-acre nature preserve that includes elevated boardwalks throughmore...

A few years back it was the poor man’s Stone Mountain, but thanks to DeKalb’s much-touted greenspace program, ARABIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL has come into its own. The county is completing an ambitious trail network through the 2,000-acre nature preserve that includes elevated boardwalks through forest wetlands, well-marked paths across huge expanses of open granite, and a picturesque covered bridge. The concrete trails, open to hikers and bikers, extend north to Stonecrest Mall and downtown Lithonia and, eventually, south to Panola Mountain. Once in the park, mountain bikers can go off-road to find some challenging rock-hopping.
www.arabiaalliance.org. www.pathfoundation.org/trails/arabia.cfm.

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Best Place to Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

Ignatius House
Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandymore...

Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandy Springs prayer and meditation center run by Jesuit priests. If you’re really stressed out, try partaking in a silent weekend retreat. No talking is allowed for two days, so bring all those unresolved issues.
6700 Riverside Drive. 404-255-0503. www.ignatiushouse.org.

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Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

V-103
WVEE-FM (103.3) 404-741-9833 www.v-103.com

Best Big Company To Work For BOA Award Winner

United Parcel Service
When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for fourmore...

When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for four years. The company was ranked eighth in the U.S. for employee benefits by MONEY magazine. And Fortune ranked UPS No. 23 out of 1,000 companies for minority employment.
55 Glenlake Parkway. 800-742-5877. www.ups.com.

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Best Campsite You Can Drive To BOA Award Winner

Black Rock Mountain State Park
Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians.more...

Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians. The 1,740-acre park also is home to fields of wildflowers; 11 miles of trails; a 17-acre lake for catching bass, bream, catfish, perch and trout; and 64 campsites, ranging from $3-$21 per night.
800-864-7275. gastateparks.org/info/blackrock.

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Best Compromise With a Big Box BOA Award Winner

Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association
It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75more...

It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75 (formerly the site of the Tudor-style Castlegate Hotel). The association played an active role in the decision to build the store — and most of its parking — underground, reducing the big box eyesore. And although the association did run off a Home Depot, its treaty with Wal-Mart represents a compromise other neighborhood groups have been unwilling to make.
www.underwoodhills.org.

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Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

2575 Alston Drive 404-373-5722 www.eastlakegolfclub.com

Best Local Blog BOA Award Winner

There were, at press time, about 14.9 jillion gazillion blogs on the Internet, most of them indulgences in mental masturbation. One that is not is www.extremecraft.com, the creation of local artist and graphic designer Garth Johnson. Begun as a way to highlight cool examples of craft, both low-brow andmore...

There were, at press time, about 14.9 jillion gazillion blogs on the Internet, most of them indulgences in mental masturbation. One that is not is www.extremecraft.com, the creation of local artist and graphic designer Garth Johnson. Begun as a way to highlight cool examples of craft, both low-brow and high, the blog has become a forum for Johnson’s irreverent and literate approach to art and art criticism. In March, he highlighted a taxidermist who will turn the fur of your departed pet into a pillow. Remarked Johnson: “I wonder what she could do for my goldfish.” But it’s his occasional lapses into the profane that keep the blog fresh. To wit: “Ceramics Monthly magazine can suck my nuts.”
www.extremecraft.com.

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Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Vernon Jones
He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female electedmore...

He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female elected officials. He’s been accused of rape, but his lawyer dismisses the incident as a threesome that ended with hurt feelings. No, we’re not talking about a rock star or professional athlete, but DeKalb County’s head honcho, VERNON JONES. In addressing the rape accusation, Jones’ attorney described the CEO as a “political celebrity.” Who are we to argue?
www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

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Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Bill Shipp
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’smore...
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’s housing. Shipp then got booted from the school paper for advocating in favor of law school integration. After four decades with the Atlanta Constitution, he started his own political newsletter, put it online, and then sold it. And even now, he’s still so aggressive that Gov. Sonny Perdue’s staff won’t speak to him. www.onlineathens.com/staff/shipp.shtml. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Intellectual BOA Award Winner

Deborah Lipstadt
DEBORAH LIPSTADT, a professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies, is one of the most popular faculty members at Emory. But what really sets her apart is a book written a dozen years ago in which she lambastes one of the world’s most infamous Holocaust deniers, David Irving. Irving turnedmore...

DEBORAH LIPSTADT, a professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies, is one of the most popular faculty members at Emory. But what really sets her apart is a book written a dozen years ago in which she lambastes one of the world’s most infamous Holocaust deniers, David Irving. Irving turned around and sued Lipstadt for libel in British court, but the judge found in favor of Lipstadt, calling Irving a racist and anti-Semite. Sweet. Lipstadt was back in the news last spring when she refused to allow C-Span to tape a lecture she was giving. Why? The network wanted to air it back-to-back with one by Irving. Seems the battle against Holocaust deniers isn’t over yet.
www.lipstadt.blogspot.com. www.hdot.org.

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Best Local Magazine BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Jewish Life
You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate ATLANTA JEWISH LIFE. The magazine, which first published in the spring of 2001, comes out every other month and features short, sharply written articles on topics ranging from a Jewish girl’s journey to learn more about her infamous mobstermore...

You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate ATLANTA JEWISH LIFE. The magazine, which first published in the spring of 2001, comes out every other month and features short, sharply written articles on topics ranging from a Jewish girl’s journey to learn more about her infamous mobster uncle to a profile on Jewish comedian (and former Atlantan) David Cross. Editor Benyamin Cohen hasn’t missed a beat as he’s vested the publication with a young, hip sensibility. The July-August issue’s cover, “Jewish Radio Mafia: A Photo Essay,” is a brilliant, “Sopranos”-esque photo lineup of 12 of Atlanta’s Jewish radio personalities, including 99X’s Jimmy Baron and NPR’s Lois Reitzes.
www.atlantajewish.com.

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Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Carl Roland
Forty-one-year-old CARL ROLAND performed a Flying Wallenda act last May, when he sat atop a 25-story crane in Buckhead for 57 hours to avoid an arrest on murder charges. The scene on the ground was almost as entertaining as Roland’s derring-do in the sky. There was the bystander who played Vanmore...
Forty-one-year-old CARL ROLAND performed a Flying Wallenda act last May, when he sat atop a 25-story crane in Buckhead for 57 hours to avoid an arrest on murder charges. The scene on the ground was almost as entertaining as Roland’s derring-do in the sky. There was the bystander who played Van Halen’s “Jump” from his boom box. Then, there was Roland’s sister, Tawana, whom the AJC reported as screaming skyward: “Sugarfoot, it’s your baby sister, please come down!” Of course, the entertainment had its limits. Business in Buckhead took a hit, and before officers finally Tasered him, police spent 5,000 man-hours trying to make sure Roland’s stunt ended peacefully. less...

Best Local Troublemakers BOA Award Winner

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

Dunwoody Beer Festival

Best Park for a Romantic Picnic BOA Award Winner

Springvale Park
SPRINGVALE PARK is small, and therein lies its charm. The peaceful atmosphere is unlikely to be disturbed by a pickup game of any sort, because there aren’t any sports-sized fields at the 116-year-old park, located just two blocks off busy DeKalb Avenue. Instead of the usual shrieks and whoops,more...

SPRINGVALE PARK is small, and therein lies its charm. The peaceful atmosphere is unlikely to be disturbed by a pickup game of any sort, because there aren’t any sports-sized fields at the 116-year-old park, located just two blocks off busy DeKalb Avenue. Instead of the usual shrieks and whoops, the park’s fountains gurgle soothingly. Landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1903, the park also boasts an original, 1889 stone wall and a Victorian-era vibe — all of which forms the perfect backdrop for a quiet lunch for two.
Bounded by Euclid Avenue, Waverly Way and Elizabeth Street. www.inmanpark.org.

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Best Reason To Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Gentrification
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influxmore...
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influx of people — and a dearth of public transit — has made getting around town a real pain. And skyrocketing property values and taxes are changing the face of the city, literally. Homeowners who’ve been forced out by rising taxes are predominantly longtime, low-income, African-Americans. And it’s now become difficult for first-time homebuyers to afford even the most modest digs. less...

Best Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Weather

Best Trashy Festival BOA Award Winner

Corndogorama
Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally floodedmore...

Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally flooded from the afternoon to the wee hours of the morning with gawkers and participants partaking in such distinguished events as corndog-eating contests. Inside, nearly 40 bands, most of them local, perform over four days. Yuppies, be warned: Festival-goers have been known to strip to their skivvies and ride a stationary four-wheeler like a mechanical bull.
488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is amore...

After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is a 110-home neighborhood boasting homes built in the 19th century. An adjacent park is home to the mill’s original brick tower, where neighbors gather for picnics. And many of the houses — which sell for around $225,000 — include original heart-pine floors, bead-board walls, and an overall feeling of having traveled back in time.
www.atlantaga.gov/government/urbandesign_whittiermill.aspx.

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Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Andruw Jones
The man who defies a traditional spelling of his first name finally is having the kind of year that shows off his natural talents. ANDRUW JONES’ near-perfect fielding percentage and highlight-reel catches have been the norm in center field since he was promoted to the big leagues a decade ago.more...

The man who defies a traditional spelling of his first name finally is having the kind of year that shows off his natural talents. ANDRUW JONES’ near-perfect fielding percentage and highlight-reel catches have been the norm in center field since he was promoted to the big leagues a decade ago. But Jones’ hitting — 50 homers as of mid-September, more than any player this season — elevates him to godlike status. And get this: The 28-year-old four-time all-star is now paced to top 600 dingers before he reaches the ripe old age of 40.
www.atlantabraves.com.

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Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick
Atlanta Falcons Quarterback www.atlantafalcons.com

Best Local TV Sports Anchor BOA Award Winner

Fred Kalil
WXIA/Channel 11 Weeknights, 6 and 11 p.m. www.11alive.com

Best New Radio Station Format BOA Award Winner

Dave FM
People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’smore...

People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’s Addiction, with a refreshing emphasis on B-sides and lesser-known tracks. And for its morning show, the station brought back former 99X jock Steve Barnes, who in turn enlisted ubiquitous CNN personality Holly Firfer to create a morning team offering a welcome alternative to the usual noise.
404-741-9393. www.929davefm.com.

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Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

“The Bert Show” (Bert Weiss)
Q-100 WWWQ-FM (100.5) Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m. 404-741-1005 www.q100atlanta.com

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

99x
WNNX-FM (99.7) 404-741-0997 www.99x.com

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellowmore...
As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellow building emblazoned “IKEA.” The mostly modern offerings at the home-furnishing Mecca that opened in June are certain to do wonders for interior decor in metro Atlanta and beyond. When your friends’ formally frumpy homes suddenly take on the refined glow of the pages of Real Simple, you know something big has happened. less...

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’smore...

Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’s name written all over it. No surprise there: The facility wouldn’t have been possible without Marcus’ ridiculously generous $200 million donation. In its first year, the giant fish tank is expected to attract more than 2 million visitors to see more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species.
www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

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