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Best Of Atlanta 2009 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Runner-up
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

www.hollisgillespie.com


Runner-up
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up
Brandon Bond


Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runners-up
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up
Brenda Wood, Channel 11/WXIA
www.11alive.com

Best local YouTube video BOA Award Winner

"Bitch, you ride the MARTA bus"

Runner-up
Soulja Girl

Best neighborhood to live in without a car BOA Award Winner

midtownatlanta.org


Runner-up
Virginia-Highland
www.virginiahighland.com

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Mara Davis' "Free Lunch" on Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-898-8900, www.929dave.fm

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

V-103 (103 WVEE-FM)

Runner-up
WRAS-FM (88.5)
66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

Georgia Tech

www.gatech.edu


Runner-up
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive, 404-727-6069, www.emory.edu

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Best local blog/blogger BOA Award Winner

Tessa Horehled, DriveAFasterCar.com

driveafastercar.com


Runner-up
Jennifer Zyman, BlissfulGlutton.com

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

Jennifer Zyman

BlissfulGlutton.com


Runner-up
Tessa Horehled, DriveAFasterCar.com

Best local rabble-rouser BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

boortz.com


Runner-up
Cynthia McKinney


Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
88.5 (WRAS-FM)
66 Courtland St., University Center Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center
1978 Island Ford Parkway, 678-538-1200, www.nps.gov/chat

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

Best overrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive N.W. # 14250, www.atlanticstation.com

Best posterchild for grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Kyle Keyser
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’tmore...
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’t sit on his hands, and after the January 2009 murder of bartender John Henderson, he and a few friends launched Atlantans Together Against Crime, a nonprofit citizens’ group that quickly attracted more than 6,700 members on Facebook and became the loudest voice to raise awareness about the city’s public safety problem. On Sept. 2, he announced his candidacy for Atlanta mayor. Whether brandishing a bullhorn at monthly rallies around the city or posing questions to the Atlanta Police Department’s top brass at press conferences, Keyser’s been the voice that the city too busy to act sorely needed. <a href="http://"www.atlantanstogether.org">www.atlantanstogether.org, www.kyle.tv. less...

Best pretentious place in metro Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Serenbe
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But atmore...
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But at its best, Serenbe is a meticulously planned, beautifully realized vision of a small-town community within an idyllic rural setting. Most small towns, however, can’t boast two regional destination restaurants; a well-appointed country inn; a thriving organic farm; miles of peaceful walking trails; a collection of upscale boutiques and galleries; and a nonprofit cultural institute that sponsors artists in residence, lectures, monthly film screenings and performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. That Serenbe is basically in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes from downtown, only adds to its showy allure. www.serenbe.com. less...

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-741-0929, www.929dave.fm

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Runner-up
Dunwoody


Best underrated local athlete BOA Award Winner

Ilya Kovalchuk
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime.more...
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime. Overshadowed or forced to share the spotlight at various points in his career with superstars Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa, Kovalchuk put together arguably his most impressive campaign last season when he was the team's sole source of offensive firepower, scoring 43 goals and netting a total of 91 points — the second-highest total of his career. Kovalchuk's sustained level of dominance in his sport place him on a tier far above any other current local athlete, including Braves all-star Brian McCann and Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan. Keep your fingers crossed, though — 2009 was the last year in his contract and it's unknown if he'll renew with the team. thrashers.nhl.com. less...

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Restaurants

Runner-up
Dance

Best ’hood to find treasure among someone else’s castoffs BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broadmore...
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broad range of demographics: a good mix of upscale houses and itinerant apartment-dwellers; a dynamic blend of young hipsters and estate-sale seniors; acquisitive newcomers and eccentric old-timers. Best of all, on a good weekend, it has the highest yard-sale occurrence per capita of any place in Atlanta, so you won’t waste half your time in the car. less...

Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Runner-up
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

www.hollisgillespie.com


Runner-up
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up
Brandon Bond

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runners-up
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up
Brenda Wood, Channel 11/WXIA
www.11alive.com

Best local YouTube video BOA Award Winner

"Bitch, you ride the MARTA bus"

Runner-up
Soulja Girl

Best neighborhood to live in without a car BOA Award Winner

midtownatlanta.org


Runner-up
Virginia-Highland
www.virginiahighland.com

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

Since 1977, YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET has been offering everything from heirloom tomatoes to durians, barracuda to buffalo in its bustling ailes and well-stocked display cases. The noticeably quirky outpost — Check your bags! No right turns! — is a go-to spot for drop-ins hankeringmore...
Since 1977, YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET has been offering everything from heirloom tomatoes to durians, barracuda to buffalo in its bustling ailes and well-stocked display cases. The noticeably quirky outpost — Check your bags! No right turns! — is a go-to spot for drop-ins hankering for a quick lunch fix or gourmands searching for quality ingredients. If your out-of-towner is fascinated by the inner workings of a farmer's market, you can schedule a tour. If they're enamored by helping the environment, the onsite recycling center — with compost how-tos at its entrance — will make their green heart flutter. 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com. less...

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Decatur
Ah, DECATUR. The apple of an urban planner's eye. The most family-friendly of locales that doesn’t involve sitting in traffic on I-75. Homeowners there weren't as hard hit by the recent economic tsunami, the schools are considered top-notch, and a well-staffed police force keeps tabs on goingsmore...
Ah, DECATUR. The apple of an urban planner's eye. The most family-friendly of locales that doesn’t involve sitting in traffic on I-75. Homeowners there weren't as hard hit by the recent economic tsunami, the schools are considered top-notch, and a well-staffed police force keeps tabs on goings on in its neighborhoods. City officials' plans to make a pedestrian-friendly square and downtown area have noticeably paid off, allowing residents and visitors to follow fare at such standout restaurants as Watershed and Cakes and & Ale, with choice drinks nearby at Brick Store Pub and the Grange. Can't drive home? Take MARTA, which has a stop below the square. Summer brings a seemingly endless array of public events to entertain the city's estimated 29,000 residents, including the nationally known book festival that's attracted such talents as Rick Bragg and Salman Rushdie. And while the urban ’burb might catch flak from hardened intowners for its sometimes stroller mentality, it's still the kind of place you’d secretly like to call home. Decatur, you marvelous son of a bitch, you win again. www.decaturga.com. less...

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

WRAS-FM (88.5)
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialtymore...
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialty shows as "Dot Dash," "Houseworks," "Martinis Con Queso," "Mighty Aphrodite," "The Blue Note" and "Soul Kitchen" play all of the post-punk, house, lounge, new wave, jazz and everything else you won't hear on big-money mainstream stations. And if the trusty Shazam on ye olde iPhone doesn’t recognize the eclectic array of musical selections emanating from your speakers, the spry, young DJs have been known to rehash their setlists via e-mail or phone. 66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280. 404-413-9727. www.gsu.edu/~www885. less...

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little ladymore...
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little lady with the big flower on her lapel always calls it like she sees it, unlike countless other politicians we could name. There’s something of an unvarnished air about her, a genuineness that keeps her down-to-earth and relatable — even when you don’t agree with what she’s saying. www.atlantaga.gov/Mayor. less...

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Mara Davis' "Free Lunch" on Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-898-8900, www.929dave.fm

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Prince Daweed
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners?more...
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners? We’ll tell you who: A person who’s at peace with himself, filled with joy, and just plain happy. Weird, huh? But honestly, it makes sense. You’d be in a perpetual good mood, too, if — as Daweed has confessed to CL — you spent all day getting pumped up on the Bee Gees, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind and Fire. less...

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

V-103 (103 WVEE-FM)

Runner-up
WRAS-FM (88.5)
66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

Georgia Tech

www.gatech.edu


Runner-up
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive, 404-727-6069, www.emory.edu

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