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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
City living in Atlanta doesn't mean you have to sacrifice space and style for suffocating, roach-infested squalor in the name of fiscal responsibility. In Atlanta, living in a historic bungalow on a grassy plot of land around the corner from shops and restaurants is a right, not a privilege. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST

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Hang a left to catch some locals at 529. Turn right for a touring band at the Earl or to get dubstepped at Eastside Lounge. Go straight and you'll run into Mary's, the sweetest gay karaoke spot in Atlanta, next to the funkified iLounge before moving on for a set of DJs and live bands at the Basement. www.eastatlantavillage.com.

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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Along with Swinging Richards (which often won't let women in) and nights at Bliss, strip clubs like Coronet Club, Central Park, Wet in ATL, and Phase One have special nights just for the gay boys. Make it rain, bitches! | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Despite that our transit system is piss-poor — hey, which we acknowledge — we defend it like it's one of our children. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Despite hand wringing about how downloading music has killed off physical media, you still need two hands to count all the places in Atlanta where you can still buy records, not to mention CDs and cassette tapes. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Our food scene is undeniably Southern, but not in the way Northerners might imagine. The chefs at places such as Restaurant Eugene, Empire State South, Bacchanalia, and Miller Union proudly claim the South as inspiration, but the creativity and nuance shown with Southern ingredients is mind-blowing. We love our meat-and-threes, too — it's the confluence of those two types of cooking that makes... | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST

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Starlight Six Drive-In has remained the best place for a cheap night out al fresco for something like 150 years (slight exaggeration). Pretty much anything goes: Bring your own booze, food, and easy date — just turn off your goddamn headlights, please.

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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
The rest of the year, we highlight the best and worst people, places, and things of the moment. But for Thanksgiving, we thought we would honor those things about Atlanta we forever love — the attributes of the A that we cite when someone asks, "Why do you love Atlanta?" Well ... | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
On the second Tuesday of each month, the Splatter Cinema series brings world-class horror joints to the Plaza Theatre. Night of the Living Dead, Hellraiser, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Creepshow, The Gate, and too many other bloodbath classics to name here have all been splashed across the marquis of this staple ATL movie house. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
You'd expect an international street art consortium to spring up in graffiti capitals like New York, London, Berlin, Paris, or São Paulo, but probably not Atlanta. The city's graffiti battle lines were drawn long ago, but the annual Living Walls calls a kind of truce, inviting discussion on an international scale that continues to make a significant imprint on Atlanta's public art scene. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Hardly a weekend goes by without a tent-filled lawn going up somewhere to celebrate a neighborhood, a holiday, art, beer, barbecue, beer, music, Greek orthodoxy, jerk chicken, authors, Jewish authors, LGBTs, strutting, the dead, the undead, and ... did we mention beer? | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
In much of the hell-hot South, spring and fall are rumors. In Atlanta, these seasons not only exist, the promise of their eventual return makes the long, brutal summers easier to tolerate. Autumn's canopy of red and yellow is nearly magical. As for spring: That stretch of two weeks in late March/early April when the sky is bright, the breeze light, and the city blooms pink and white ... heaven. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Old Fourth Ward has become a nightlife destination, and the bars that sit on the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood do our city proud. Stop and look around the next time you're sitting in Church surrounded by ping pong aficionados and Jesus paintings, or dancing to a DJ at the Sound Table with one of the coolest, most integrated crowds around. These bars could only exist in the A, and we love 'em. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
The "Battle of Atlanta" painting featured in the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is a magnificent antique depiction of the Civil War bloodshed that ravaged the red clay on which modern ATL stands. There's only a handful of Cycloramas still standing, and this one offers a vital history lesson about the Old South — good and bad. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
You'll never catch us rioting over the World Series or wearing a sports jersey out to eat. Props to Hank Aaron for beating Babe Ruth's home run record, but we're proud that professional sports aren't a religion here. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Huge SUVs, moms in jogging suits, gated communities filled with McMansions, strip malls, chain stores — throwing darts at OTPers is so damn easy because, well, they've made it so. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST
Every day, millions start their mornings with CNN and a Diet Coke. (Well, we do. Don't judge.) These companies began as small operations in Atlanta — in Coke's case, in a downtown pharmacy — and have global reach. Since then, we've seen Delta, Southern Company, SunTrust, and other Fortune 1,000 firms place their headquarters in and just outside the city. | more...

Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 01:00 pm EST

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Last month, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. made headlines, like he did for most of his remarkable, truncated life as a crusader for social justice. On Oct. 13, Atlanta's Kenny Leon directed Samuel L. Jackson as Nobel Peace Prize-winner in the Broadway premiere of The Mountaintop, which envisions the King flirting with a Memphis motel maid on the eve of his assassination in 1968....

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Why We Love Atlanta

Wednesday November 23, 2011 12:59 pm EST

Because sundown comes so late


?"One of my favorite discoveries when I first moved here from Portland, Ore., was that it never gets dark in Atlanta. Well, that's not entirely true — it eventually gets dark — but it gets dark here later than just about anywhere else.

"We're about as far west as you can get in the Eastern time zone, and as a result even at the winter solstice it doesn't get...

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