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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

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J. Carter
When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attachedmore...

When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attached to an affair, you can rest assured that the music - provided by star DJs such as ?uestlove and local heroes Salah Ananse and Jamad - will be ass-shakingly hot, and the folks assembled will represent a multicultural microcosm of people ready to do the damn thing. Thanks for keeping us jiggy, Jason.
"www.sol-fusion.com." See related: - After Dark: Best Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Fever (Critic pick)

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Best Volunteer BOA Award Winner

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Katrina volunteers
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their ownmore...
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their own devices, Moon took off her badge and followed the caravan to the hotel. She wasn't the only one. A dozen or so hardcore volunteers who had grown close to the evacuees moved with them, setting up a grassroots recovery effort that did what government was slow to do: Help. The volunteers secured medicine, separated donated clothes by size and gender, pestered the governor's office to send aid workers, hit up local restaurants for food, and loaned an ear to evacuees looking to tell their stories. Of course, it's not just volunteers at the Holiday Inn worthy of praise. All over metro Atlanta, people have opened their hearts, homes and wallets to evacuees. They've humbled us all. less...

Best Fashion Co-Op BOA Award Winner

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Petra Geiger
For those who want to spend their dollars on one-of-a-kind, handmade purses, soaps, clothes and gifts, rather than their premium-priced, mass-produced counterparts in the mall, Beehive Co-op founder PETRA GEIGER stepped in to save the day. A budding handbag and stationary designer herself, Geiger hadmore...

For those who want to spend their dollars on one-of-a-kind, handmade purses, soaps, clothes and gifts, rather than their premium-priced, mass-produced counterparts in the mall, Beehive Co-op founder PETRA GEIGER stepped in to save the day. A budding handbag and stationary designer herself, Geiger had difficulty finding a suitable retail outlet to sell her wares — so she created her own. Geiger's co-op is comprised of several smaller boutiques boasting clothes by Olive, Rinse bath and beauty products, creative kids' clothes and accessories by Bold Mary, and all those indie-jewelry designers that you hit every craft festival in hopes of finding. Easier to shop than most malls and affordably priced, we couldn't ask for an easier way to support local artists while treating ourselves.


See related:


- Consumer Culture: Best Place to Shop for Local Designers Beehive Co-op (Critic pick)

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Best Host for Famous Visitors BOA Award Winner

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Scott Reilly
SCOTT REILLY could remain content as the owner of the Retromodern home furnishings store and the city's foremost name in, well, all things retro and modern. But he takes his role a step further by working with the High Museum to bring to Atlanta some of dec-art's most notable experts and artists formore...

SCOTT REILLY could remain content as the owner of the Retromodern home furnishings store and the city's foremost name in, well, all things retro and modern. But he takes his role a step further by working with the High Museum to bring to Atlanta some of dec-art's most notable experts and artists for lectures and speaking engagements that educate design collectors and enthusiasts. Thanks to his connections, no less than the legendary, then-98-year-old Eva Zeisel (known for organic design in silver, ceramics and glass) and Charles Ray Eames (grandson of Charles Eames, great-nephew of Ray Eames, and champion of the family furniture legacy) have made an Atlanta appearance. The icing on the cake: Everyone who attends the lecture is then invited to Retromodern to view its corresponding exhibition and enjoy a glass of champagne.


See related:


- Consumer Culture: Best Eclectic Furniture Retromodern (Critic pick)
- Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Museum The High Museum of Art (Reader pick)
- Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Museum Makeover High Museum of Art (Critic pick)

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Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

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Jennifer Wilbanks: The Runaway Bride

Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

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Andisheh Nouraee Creative Loafing

Best Country Music Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Kicks 101.5 WKHX-FM (101.5)

Best Backpacking River Trip within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

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Ocoee River

Best Backpacking Trail within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

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Appalachian Trail

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

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Dunwoody beer Festival

Best Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Destin, Fla.

Best Campsite BOA Award Winner

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Red Top Mountain State Park

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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East Lake Golf Club

Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

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Music

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK-FM (91.9)

Best Intown Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Park Jogging PATH

Best OTP Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best Local Professional Athlete BOA Award Winner

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Michael Vick

Best Local Website BOA Award Winner

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www.accessatlanta.com

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

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www.goldenfiddle.com

Best Local Celebrity Other than Elton John BOA Award Winner

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Usher

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

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Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

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Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Troublemakers BOA Award Winner

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

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Monica Kaufman WSB/Channel 2

Best Local TV Reporter BOA Award Winner

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Dale Russell WAGA/Channel 5

Best Loft/Condo Project BOA Award Winner

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Atlantic Station

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

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Bert Show

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

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1180 Peachtree

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

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IKEA

Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Album 88 WRAS-FM (88.5)

Best OTP Park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Virginia-Highland

Best OTP Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Vinings

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

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Bert Show

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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DAVE FM WZGC-FM (92.9)

Best Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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The Weather

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Rocks!

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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99x WNNX-FM (99.7)

Best Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

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

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

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1180 Peachtree

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

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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 New Radio Station Format BOA Award Winner

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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 Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

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Dunwoody Beer Festival

Best OTP Festival BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Apple Festival
Make sure you show up hungry to the GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL just outside Ellijay, the state’s apple capital. The annual event, now in its 34th year, spans two weekends at the height of October’s harvest season. In addition to the obligatory regional dishes — apple pie, applemore...

Make sure you show up hungry to the GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL just outside Ellijay, the state’s apple capital. The annual event, now in its 34th year, spans two weekends at the height of October’s harvest season. In addition to the obligatory regional dishes — apple pie, apple butter, apple dumplings, and fried dill pickles — there are more than 300 vendors offering such mountain handicrafts as log furniture, birdhouses, blown glass and quilts your memaw would kill for. You’ll typically find local musicians a-pickin’ and a-grinnin’, and you might even find a peach, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Oct. 8-9, 15-16. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. 706-636-4500. www.georgiaapplefestival.org.

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Best OTP Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best OTP Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Vinings

Best OTP Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Mountain Park
Sitting on the border of Cobb and Cherokee counties, many of MOUNTAIN PARK’s 250 cottages were built in the early 20th century as summer retreats for Atlanta’s elite, who gave the homes names such as “Park-Ur-Carcass” and “Shack-Toe-In.” Designatedmore...

Sitting on the border of Cobb and Cherokee counties, many of MOUNTAIN PARK’s 250 cottages were built in the early 20th century as summer retreats for Atlanta’s elite, who gave the homes names such as “Park-Ur-Carcass” and “Shack-Toe-In.” Designated as both a wildlife refuge and a waterfowl nesting area, Mountain Park sits 23 miles from downtown Atlanta and is framed by rolling hills and two lakes. Residents now are doing their best to maintain the neighborhood’s charm despite infringing subdivisions, and Mountain Park’s recycling program and anti-pollution projects set an eco-friendly example for its neighbors.
www.mountainparklife.com.

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Best OTP Park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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92.9 Dave FM
WZGC-FM (92.9) 404-741-9393 www.929davefm.com

Best Park for a Romantic Picnic BOA Award Winner

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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 Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz
WSB-AM (750) www.boortz.com

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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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 Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz
WSB-AM (750) www.boortz.com

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

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Ralph Reed
Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he putmore...

Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he put enemies in “body bags” and led the Christian Coalition to national prominence. The former plagiarist — he was banned from UGA’s student newspaper for copying lines from an attack on Gandhi — returned to the state as a political consultant following claims that a company with close ties to him over-billed the coalition. Now Reed is up to his neck in allegations that he fought the development of Indian casinos with money provided by their competitors. How presidential.
www.ralphreed.com.

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Best Place to Bike BOA Award Winner

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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

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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 Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Best Place to Get Over the Fact that Your Landlord Doesn't Allow Dogs BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Dog Park
Located just north of where Park Drive crosses from Monroe Drive into Piedmont Park, the PIEDMONT PARK DOG PARK is where the city's pooches, from Great Danes to Pekinese, run wild. The 2.5-acre doggie playground also has a separate fenced-in plot for small dogs and puppies. The place is paradise formore...

Located just north of where Park Drive crosses from Monroe Drive into Piedmont Park, the PIEDMONT PARK DOG PARK is where the city's pooches, from Great Danes to Pekinese, run wild. The 2.5-acre doggie playground also has a separate fenced-in plot for small dogs and puppies. The place is paradise for dog-watchers - and perfect for Atlantans who don't have a Fido of their own to scratch that dog-owning itch.
www.piedmontpark.org.

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Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best PR Fiasco BOA Award Winner

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Choicepoint
We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offermore...

We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offer a full accounting of the scandal? Yeah, right! The company waited months before ’fessing up to a security breach. Then, when CEO Derek Smith finally talked, he said, “We didn’t expect organized criminals would attack us with this sophistication.” Derek, they used a fax machine! ChoicePoint shares tumbled, but before the scandal went public, Smith managed to sell thousands of shares, netting $13 million.
www.choicepoint.com.

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Best Pseudonym BOA Award Winner

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Ron Mexico
His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit.more...

His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit. In April, a 26-year-old alleged former girlfriend sued Vick for negligence and battery, claiming he gave her the STD after he once refused to wear a condom during sex. Vick denies the allegations, and the suit has yet to go to court. But here at CL, we’ve already reached our verdict: “Ron Mexico” is one kick-ass nickname!
www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0405051vick1.html.

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Best Quick Thinking by a Newspaper Reporter in Peril BOA Award Winner

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Don O'Briant
People often wonder how well they’ll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON O’BRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that O’Briant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols wasmore...
People often wonder how well they’ll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON O’BRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that O’Briant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols was carjacking, O’Briant said no. Nichols pistol-whipped him. O’Briant stumbled to his feet and ran. Asked later why he didn’t obey, O’Briant said, “You don’t do that. You’re giving up any control you have at the moment.” O’Briant’s quick thinking may have saved his life, and gave us a glimmer of good news on an otherwise dismal day. less...

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

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

Best Radio Station For Boomin' Bass and 26-inch Spinners BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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WHTA-FM
For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh offmore...

For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh off the latest mix tapes, which makes sense since the station employs at least four for-real DJs. Although the somewhat contrived diversity in the station’s billboards for its “A” Team morning show may throw you for a loop, you’d be loopy not to have your radio pre-set to the all-the-way-to-the-right station.
404-741-1079. www.hot1079atl.com.

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Best Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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WRAS 88.5
It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners)more...

It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners) college radio stations in the country. That’s not by accident. Album 88 has more than 40 specialty shows, running the gamut from math rock to space rock, post-punk to Japanese, instrumental hip-hop to drum and bass, as well as live, in-studio performances by bands whose tours pass through Atlanta.
404-651-4488. www2.gsu.edu/~www885.

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Best Reason to Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Traffic

Best Reason To Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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

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The Weather

Best Reason To Live In Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Gentrification
Flash back 15 years ago. The words “East Atlanta” described little more than the swath of land on the far side of Moreland Avenue. Freedom Parkway was nothing but a concept. Decent grocery stores were sequestered OTP — or at least way north of Ponce. Is the G-word really suchmore...
Flash back 15 years ago. The words “East Atlanta” described little more than the swath of land on the far side of Moreland Avenue. Freedom Parkway was nothing but a concept. Decent grocery stores were sequestered OTP — or at least way north of Ponce. Is the G-word really such a bad thing? GENTRIFICATION has brought Atlanta better nightlife, better shopping, better housing and a better approximation to a living, breathing city. With more planning — particularly regarding public transportation and pedestrian-friendly streets — and a little loosening up (we’re talking about the city’s un-city-like crackdown on nightlife), the next 15 years could bring an even more vibrant Atlanta. less...

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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99X (97.9 WWWQ-FM)
WNNX-FM (99.7) 404-741-0997 www.99x.com

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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IKEA

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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IKEA
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 Silly Class To Change Your Life BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Jeff Justice's Comedy Workshop
During the past 15 years, nearly 1,400 Atlantans have learned the rudiments of stand-up comedy in Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshop. Justice teaches students how to write and perform jokes and then sends the fledglings on stage in front of a packed house at the Punchline comedy club. The key tomore...

During the past 15 years, nearly 1,400 Atlantans have learned the rudiments of stand-up comedy in Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshop. Justice teaches students how to write and perform jokes and then sends the fledglings on stage in front of a packed house at the Punchline comedy club. The key to comedy is being yourself, Justice insists, which sets some students on a mini-metaphysical quest. Graduates include Ron Lester, who starred in Varsity Blues, and our own columnist extraordinaire Hollis Gillespie.
404-262-7406. www.jeffjustice.com.

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Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Baton Bob
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superheromore...
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superhero outfit — and twirling a baton with all the enthusiasm of a varsity majorette. Bob, who acts as Atlanta’s volunteer cheerleader by walking several miles every day, calls his character the “Ambassador of Mirth” and says he moved here last summer after realizing that the people of St. Louis didn’t really get his infectiously joyous shtick. Their loss. less...

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Stone Mountain Park

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Georgia Aquarium
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 Trashy Festival BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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 Untrue Rumor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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A Local Restaurant Was Serving Rats, Mice, Kittens, Puppies, and a Large Frozen Hawk
In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall.more...

In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall. Accompanying the e-mail were four pictures of skinned and shrink-wrapped rats and mice. Soon, though, the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department found that the e-mail was a hoax. (Incidentally, the restaurant in question had excellent health records.) The photos turned out to be pictures of prepackaged food for snakes.
www.snopes.com/food/tainted/rats.asp.

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Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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103.3 (WVEE-FM)
WVEE-FM (103.3) 404-741-9833 www.v-103.com

Best Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Stone Mountain Park

Best Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cabbagetown
In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery andmore...

In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery and north of Memorial Drive, Cabbagetown was home to folk artist Panorama Ray, who photographed the neighborhood’s barefoot and potbellied children, and avant-rocker Benjamin of the band Smoke, who dressed in drag and developed a beatnik mix of blues punk. Despite the recent razing of a historic building that housed the gallery and music venue Art Farm, Cabbagetown’s charm has survived infringing gentrification — and is still home to approximately 75 descendants of the original mill workers.
www.cabbagetown.org.

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Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Music

Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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J. Carter
When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attachedmore...

When J. CARTER stepped on the scene, Atlanta nightlife was in a lull. The promoter behind weekly club events like Django's Fever, Sutra's Stereotype and the monthly smash-hit soiree Sol-Fusion, Carter and partner Kenny Burns give after-5 life in the ATL a much-needed shot in the arm. If his name is attached to an affair, you can rest assured that the music - provided by star DJs such as ?uestlove and local heroes Salah Ananse and Jamad - will be ass-shakingly hot, and the folks assembled will represent a multicultural microcosm of people ready to do the damn thing. Thanks for keeping us jiggy, Jason.
"www.sol-fusion.com." See related: - After Dark: Best Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Sol-Fusion (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Weekly Club Event Fever (Critic pick)

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Best Volunteer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Katrina volunteers
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their ownmore...
When a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees found themselves at the Georgia Tech coliseum, one of the Red Cross volunteers they met was 25-year-old Tiffany Moon. When the evacuees were moved to a Holiday Inn near the airport and it looked as if overwhelmed officials would be leaving them to their own devices, Moon took off her badge and followed the caravan to the hotel. She wasn't the only one. A dozen or so hardcore volunteers who had grown close to the evacuees moved with them, setting up a grassroots recovery effort that did what government was slow to do: Help. The volunteers secured medicine, separated donated clothes by size and gender, pestered the governor's office to send aid workers, hit up local restaurants for food, and loaned an ear to evacuees looking to tell their stories. Of course, it's not just volunteers at the Holiday Inn worthy of praise. All over metro Atlanta, people have opened their hearts, homes and wallets to evacuees. They've humbled us all. less...


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