Loading...
 

Best of Atlanta 2015 Cityscape

 

2015 Cityscape Large Photo


Cityscape

In 1973, voters in Fulton and DeKalb counties and the city of Atlanta took a leap of faith and signed on to build a public transit system that would eventually link to three other counties.

It took more than 40 years for one of those counties, Clayton County, to join. Last year, residents of the county said they wanted another way to get around their car-oriented county and to the airport, as well as to be connected with the rest of MARTA’s rail network.

It took changes in demographics for metro Atlanta to start overcoming the racial and socioeconomic bogeymen that kept other counties from participating in a transit system that developers and business leaders now consider a key amenity — and in some cases, a requirement — when picking where to start moving dirt or relocating employees. It took changes in development patterns and a generational realization that sitting in traffic sucks.

Most of all, it took time. It took years of burning gasoline and reading reports noting the damage we’re doing to our bodies and environment by not being on our feet or on the bus. It took the ends of elected officials’ terms and the exits of policymakers who were too myopic to see an asset in their grasp and the changing desires of a younger generation.

When it comes to Atlanta’s cityscape, time is something we have on our side and are constantly working against. Some developers want to get whatever they can build finished and occupied before the current development boom passes out from exhaustion. Residents sometimes want a few more weeks to pore over or improve those buildings that will affect their daily lives. Politicians want to get out of the way when it comes to building skyscrapers but often take their time on improving the public realm we share.

Atlanta is still a young city compared to its peers, and it’s come a fairly long way despite being burned to the ground during the Civil War. And for all the knocks against it being a place where people come and go, there are those who stick around. They start businesses, blogs, and advocate for historic preservation. They begin gathering food and build a powerhouse nonprofit that helps feed the hungry. They band together to contribute to the parks and festivals we all enjoy. They leave their mark on the city and offer enough opportunity for others to do the same. And when they go, others will follow.

It’s what helps make Atlanta a great place and worth celebrating.

— Thomas Wheatley, News Editor

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

Creflo Dollar

Best local public official BOA Award Winner

Keith Parker

Best new place to let the dogs out BOA Award Winner

Freedom Barkway

Best purchase near the Beltline BOA Award Winner

Adair Park

Best nonprofit leader BOA Award Winner

Bill Bolling

Best vote of confidence in MARTA BOA Award Winner

MARTA bus service in Clayton County

Best citizen activists BOA Award Winner

Black Lives Matter

Best grassroots guardian of old Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Kyle Kessler

The fourth estate: Best blogger BOA Award Winner

ATL Urbanist

The well-built environment: Best planning vision BOA Award Winner

Memorial Drive Corridor Study

Best advocate for the devil weed BOA Award Winner

Paul Cornwell

The fourth estate: Best TV cameraman BOA Award Winner

Mike Daly

Best free thing to do BOA Award Winner

King of Pops Yoga in the Park

Best job turning around a sports team BOA Award Winner

Steve Koonin

Best neighborhood for jogging BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best use of billboards BOA Award Winner

MailChimp

Best charity BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Pitbull rescue

Best city view BOA Award Winner

Jackson Street Bridge

Best hotel BOA Award Winner

The St. Regis Atlanta

Best local podcast BOA Award Winner

Switchyards: The Podcast

Best nonprofit BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

NeNe Leakes
@NeNeLeakes

Best place to work remotely BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee

Best country radio station BOA Award Winner

94.9 The Bull

Best co-working space BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Tech Village AND Foster

Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

Best jogging path BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Hawks

Best new bike lane BOA Award Winner

10th street

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline
beltline.org

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Old Fourth Ward Park

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rollergirls AND Atlanta Sport and Social Club

Atlanta Rollergirls


www.atlantarollergirls.com


Atlanta Sport and Social Club


www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com

Best talk radio station BOA Award Winner

90.1 WABE-NPR

Best architect BOA Award Winner

John Portman

Best community garden BOA Award Winner

Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center

Best con(vention) BOA Award Winner

Dragoncon

Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

Dogwood Festival

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

Decaturish

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best party school BOA Award Winner

University of Georgia

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline
  • «
  • 1 (current)
  • 2

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

Creflo Dollar

Best charity BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Pitbull rescue

Best city view BOA Award Winner

Jackson Street Bridge

Best hotel BOA Award Winner

The St. Regis Atlanta

Best local podcast BOA Award Winner

Switchyards: The Podcast

Best local public official BOA Award Winner

Keith Parker

Best new place to let the dogs out BOA Award Winner

Freedom Barkway

Best nonprofit BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

NeNe Leakes
@NeNeLeakes

Best place to work remotely BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee

Best purchase near the Beltline BOA Award Winner

Adair Park

Best country radio station BOA Award Winner

94.9 The Bull

Best co-working space BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Tech Village AND Foster

Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

Best jogging path BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Hawks

Best new bike lane BOA Award Winner

10th street

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline
beltline.org

Best nonprofit leader BOA Award Winner

Bill Bolling

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Old Fourth Ward Park

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rollergirls AND Atlanta Sport and Social Club

Atlanta Rollergirls


www.atlantarollergirls.com


Atlanta Sport and Social Club


www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com

Best talk radio station BOA Award Winner

90.1 WABE-NPR

Best vote of confidence in MARTA BOA Award Winner

MARTA bus service in Clayton County

Best architect BOA Award Winner

John Portman

Best citizen activists BOA Award Winner

Black Lives Matter

Nothing found, please try again

Browse by Category

After Dark
After Dark
CityScape
CityScape
Consumer Culture
Consumer Culture
Index
Index
Oral Pleasures
Oral Pleasures
Poets, Artists & Madmen
Poets, Artists & Madmen