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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

Cities are more than a mere collection of people and buildings. Sprawling in all directions from a modest downtown, Atlanta is a city of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own history and continually developing character. Atlanta is also a city of public and private institutions; of landmarks; of gathering places; of media of all stripes; and of events both popular and underground — all of which helps determine who we are.

As Atlantans, we are drawn together by our common stories, from the scandalous (state House leaders stepping aside due to sexcapades) to the absurd (African wildlife running loose on the Downtown Connector) to the inspirational (a local kid who slugs a three-run homer the first time he steps up to bat in Turner Field).

With Cityscape, we celebrate those stories, those political shifts, those public spaces — the shared experiences that define the place we call home.

— Scott Henry

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Runner-up: Brook Run Skate Park


4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 770-394-5703, www.brookrun.wordpress.com

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

www.batonbob.com


Runner-up: Bicycle shorts man


Best hotel BOA Award Winner

St. Regis Atlanta

Runner-up: The Georgian Terrace Hotel


659 Peachtree St., 404-897-1991, www.thegeorgianterrace.com

Best local sports radio show host BOA Award Winner

Chuck Oliver, WCNN-AM (680)

www.680thefan.com


Runner-up: Buck Belue, WCNN-AM (680)


www.680thefan.com

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

www.inmanparkfestival.org


Runner-up: East Atlanta Strut


www.eastatlantastrut.com

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

WABE-FM (90.1)

www.pba.org


Runner-up: 88.5 (WRAS-FM)


www2.gsu.edu

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

Oakland Cemetery

Runner-up: Little Five Points


littlefivepoints.net

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

Silver Comet Trail

Runner-up: Freedom Park


Corner of Moreland Avenue and E. Freedom Parkway, 404-817-6813, www.freedompark.org

Best power couple BOA Award Winner

T.I. and Tiny

Runner-up: Arthur and Stephanie Blank


www.blankfoundation.org

Best public basketball court BOA Award Winner

Candler Park

Runner-up: Hammond Park


705 Hammond Drive N.E., Sandy Springs, 404-303-6176, www.allaboutsandysprings.com

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

Rescue of woman who fell on MARTA tracks

Runner-up: Beltline development stories


www.beltline.org

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Best neighborhood to live in without a car BOA Award Winner

Midtown

midtownatlanta.org


Runner-up: Decatur


www.decaturga.com

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Kennesaw Mountain Park


900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, www.kennesaw.com


Best playground BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Runner-up: John Howell Park


801 Virginia Ave., 404-222-8244, www.atlanta-midtown.com

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

103.3 (WVEE-FM)

v103.radio.com


Runner-up: 95.5 (WBTS-FM)


www.955thebeat.com

Best dog park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Runner-up: ParkGrounds


142 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., 678-528-9901, www.parkgrounds.com

Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

blueridgeonline.com


Runner-up: Helen


www.helenga.org

Best hometown Internet sensation BOA Award Winner

Scoutmob

Best intown park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Grant Park


840 Cherokee Ave., 404-624-0697, www.gpconservancy.org


Best jazz radio station BOA Award Winner

Jazz 91.9 WCLK

www.wclk.com


Runner-up: 91.1 (WREK-FM)


www.wrek.org

Best jogging path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park

Runner-up: Silver Comet Trail


Cooper Lake Road at Mayell Road, 404-875-7284, www.pathfoundation.org

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

Jason Heyward
Runner-up: Matt Ryan

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Kevin Gillespie's beard
What's red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli's Ice Cream and the "Ghetto" Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE'S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a "Top Chef" finalist and James Beard semifinalistmore...

What's red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli's Ice Cream and the "Ghetto" Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE'S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a "Top Chef" finalist and James Beard semifinalist who can create a transcendent meal as easily with pork belly and veal chop as with a bundle of farm-fresh veggies, but it's his Yukon Cornelius-inspired facial hair that's earned him the national fame he deserves. Oh, and if you're angling for a KGB sighting, your best bet is the dining room at Woodfire Grill. The best tables offer an unobstructed view of the open kitchen - and the chef's lustrous beard.


Editor's note: This blurb has been modified to correctly reflect Gillespie's recognition from the James Beard Foundation.

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Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Runner-up: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


www.nps.gov

Best local sports romance BOA Award Winner

Jason Heyward

Best local YouTube video BOA Award Winner

"FU BP" on Krog Street Tunnel
Runner-up: Pants on the ground

Best morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

"The Bert Show"

thebertshow.com


Runner-up: NPR "Morning Edition"


www.npr.org

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Decatur

www.decaturga.com


Runner-up: Inman Park


www.inmanpark.org

Best overlooked tourist spot BOA Award Winner

Westview Cemetery Inc.
Off the beaten path and underpublicized, WESTVIEW CEMETERY is one of the most picturesque spots in Atlanta. At nearly 600 acres, it's the largest cemetery in the Southeast, boasting many of the features beloved of graveyard enthusiasts: ornate monuments and tombs, rolling hills and gardens, and, of course,more...
Off the beaten path and underpublicized, WESTVIEW CEMETERY is one of the most picturesque spots in Atlanta. At nearly 600 acres, it's the largest cemetery in the Southeast, boasting many of the features beloved of graveyard enthusiasts: ornate monuments and tombs, rolling hills and gardens, and, of course, famous dead people, such as author Joel Chandler Harris, Coke founder Asa Candler and assorted mayors. Westview also stands apart for a magnificent stone abbey, its high walls and original gates and its iconic water tower resembling a castle turret. 1680 Westview Drive. 404-755-6611. &emdash;www.westviewcemetery.com. less...

Best party school BOA Award Winner

University of Georgia

www.uga.edu


Runner-up: Georgia Institute of Technology


www.gatech.edu

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

Little Five Points

littlefivepoints.net


Runner-up: Piedmont Park


400 Park Drive, 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

Best public pool BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Grant Park


840 Cherokee Ave., 404-521-0938, www.gpconservancy.org

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Runner-up: Brook Run Skate Park


4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 770-394-5703, www.brookrun.wordpress.com

Best recession-proof neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Westside

Best sign that gay media is still alive BOA Award Winner

Project Q
Even before this year's shuttering of Southern Voice, the popularity of PROJECT Q stood as evidence that the new media (i.e., a website) can keep the community informed and entertained with breaking news, cheeky columns and pop-culture updates. You gotta love an outfit that titles its daily event listingsmore...
Even before this year's shuttering of Southern Voice, the popularity of PROJECT Q stood as evidence that the new media (i.e., a website) can keep the community informed and entertained with breaking news, cheeky columns and pop-culture updates. You gotta love an outfit that titles its daily event listings "The Gay Agenda." www.projectqatlanta.com less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

www.batonbob.com


Runner-up: Bicycle shorts man

Best validation of the big-city daily BOA Award Winner

Alan Judd and Heather Vogell
The ongoing coverage of the standardized test cheating scandal involving Atlanta schools by ALAN JUDD AND HEATHER VOGELL shows why a large daily newspaper is so vital to the welfare of a major city. The AJC, which first questioned suspicious test results and, more recently, graduation rates is the onlymore...
The ongoing coverage of the standardized test cheating scandal involving Atlanta schools by ALAN JUDD AND HEATHER VOGELL shows why a large daily newspaper is so vital to the welfare of a major city. The AJC, which first questioned suspicious test results and, more recently, graduation rates is the only local media entity with the resources to act as watchdog on such a complex issue. www.ajc.com less...

Best barely ITP park BOA Award Winner

Whittier Mill Park

Best hotel BOA Award Winner

St. Regis Atlanta

Runner-up: The Georgian Terrace Hotel


659 Peachtree St., 404-897-1991, www.thegeorgianterrace.com

Best local sports radio show host BOA Award Winner

Chuck Oliver, WCNN-AM (680)

www.680thefan.com


Runner-up: Buck Belue, WCNN-AM (680)


www.680thefan.com

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

www.inmanparkfestival.org


Runner-up: East Atlanta Strut


www.eastatlantastrut.com

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

WABE-FM (90.1)

www.pba.org


Runner-up: 88.5 (WRAS-FM)


www2.gsu.edu

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

Oakland Cemetery

Runner-up: Little Five Points


littlefivepoints.net

Best place to ride your bike BOA Award Winner

Silver Comet Trail

Runner-up: Freedom Park


Corner of Moreland Avenue and E. Freedom Parkway, 404-817-6813, www.freedompark.org

Best power couple BOA Award Winner

T.I. and Tiny

Runner-up: Arthur and Stephanie Blank


www.blankfoundation.org

Best public basketball court BOA Award Winner

Candler Park

Runner-up: Hammond Park


705 Hammond Drive N.E., Sandy Springs, 404-303-6176, www.allaboutsandysprings.com

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best underestimated suburb BOA Award Winner

Marietta

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

Rescue of woman who fell on MARTA tracks

Runner-up: Beltline development stories


www.beltline.org

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