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Best Of Atlanta 2011 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

Atlanta has always been about making the best of a crappy situation. So some Yankees burned the city to the ground — at least the site-clearing work is done for the rebuilding. Am I right? So, how have we fashioned sows' ears into silk purses over the last year? After an Auburn Avenue church razed some run-down apartments, a local farmer turned the unsightly vacant lot into a model organic urban garden. Or how about the cavernous and abandoned City Hall East that, despite the lousy economy, is slated to be redeveloped into a regional retail and restaurant showplace?

The school cheating scandal has hit the city hard, but the AJC's aggressive coverage proves that the daily newspaper can still have plenty of bite. And when some guy decides he has nothing to live for and gets on top of a roof, a rap star takes time out of his busy day to talk the jumper down. That's the sort of crazy, unpredictable, exciting town we live in. Frustrations and setbacks abound, but someone's usually trying to make things a little better. Consider this Best Of issue a measure of encouragement.

— Scott Henry

Street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Walkable neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highlands

Bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal

Free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

Volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Hands On Atlanta
600 Means St., Suite 100, 404-979-2800, www.handsonatlanta.org
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Underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Food and dining

Best elementary school BOA Award Winner

Mary Lin Elementary School
586 Candler Park Drive, 404-802-3200, www.marylinelementary.com

Best new (born) thing in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Zoo babies

Best new thing in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park
Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, city officials partnered with the Atlanta Beltine to create the Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park between City Hall East andmore...
Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, city officials partnered with the Atlanta Beltine to create the Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park between City Hall East and Freedom Parkway. Totaling more than 17 acres, the greenspace opened in February and combines ponds, paths, waterfalls, a rock-filled streambed, a mini-amphitheatre and snazzy playgrounds, giving an up-and-coming neighborhood another reason to be proud. A block south, visitors will find a multi-use field and the city's first-ever public skate park. The 15,000-square-foot facility, equipped with deep bowls, sharp curbs and smooth ramps, has been jam-packed with skateboarders of all ages since its opening in mid-June. 680 Dallas St. 404-590-7275. h4wpc.com. less...

Best political theater BOA Award Winner

State Senate

Best public bus route BOA Award Winner

MARTA's No. 2 bus

Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island

Landmark BOA Award Winner

Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 404-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Local hero BOA Award Winner

Danger Woman

Local political figure BOA Award Winner

Kasim Reed

Local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

Chuck and Chernoff, 680 (WCNN-AM)

Local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Kauffman/Pearson

Party school BOA Award Winner

University of Georgia

Street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Walkable neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highlands

Best mainstream tourist attraction BOA Award Winner

Cyclorama

Best reason to get over loss of NHL franchise BOA Award Winner

All the other sporting events
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the Nationalmore...
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the National League. And the Hawks even have a new owner, singular. We've also got UGA, Georgia Tech and even Georgia State, plus SEC Championships, All-Star games, NCAA tournaments and the occasional Super Bowl. less...

Best sports bargain BOA Award Winner

Turner Field
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost uniquemore...
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost unique among major arenas in allowing fans to bring food to the games. Enjoy three cold ones and a tuna sandwich and you've had a picnic at the ball game for 10 bucks. braves.com. less...

Bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal

Free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

Volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Hands On Atlanta
600 Means St., Suite 100, 404-979-2800, www.handsonatlanta.org
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