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But as many rushed to get out during the mid-20th century, others stayed and focused on making Atlanta, the heart of the sprawling region, better. They pushed for transit to create MARTA, supported affordable housing to make sure people of all incomes could live here, and pushed for justice. They invested in their communities and fought off projects that could have destroyed their homes. They knew that Atlanta had value and it could be better. So they worked toward that goal.

Today, the visionaries in our ranks include a City Hall official who is trying to retrofit the mess previous generations made to cater to commuters. There is a neighborhood activist in West End who is reaching out to young people to give guidance and structure. There is a group of historic preservationists who refuse to allow another beautiful building — in this case, a library — to be forgotten. And there is an annual gathering of people who flock to a truly visionary project to look at lanterns and be around other people.

Atlanta has too often focused on short-term fixes to solve problems. It’s been blind to the long-term problems those fixes can create. But pushing back, and sometimes leading us, are people who can see past the next year or election. To the people who are committed to making the city a better place, we say thanks.

— THOMAS WHEATLEY

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Ponce City Market

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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WABE-FM (90.1)

Best nonprofit BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Atlanta Film Society

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

Year » 2016
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Oakland Cemetery

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Inman Park

Best overrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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The Varsity (7 ATL Locations)

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
TIE: Kasim Reed AND Nathan Deal

www.kasimreed.comhttp://www.kasimreed.com

AND

gov.georgia.gov

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Kasim Reed

Best picnic spot BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Piedmont Park

Best place to buy a starter home BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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East Atlanta Village

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best place to rent BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Midtown

Best place to work remotely BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Octane Coffee
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best public basketball court BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Grant Park Recreation Center

Best public pool BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark

Best public tennis court BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

Best rabble rouser/activist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Angel Luis Poventud

Best radio DJ/personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Bert Weiss

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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WABE-FM (90.1)

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Atlanta Rollergirls

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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105.7 (WRDA-FM)
radio1057.iheart.com

Best street BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Peachtree Street

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best street musician BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Guitar Red

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Roswell

Best talk radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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WABE-FM (90.1)

Best technical college BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Gwinnett Technical College

Best tourist spot for locals BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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OG 97.9 (WWWQ-FM)

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Hands On Atlanta

Best walkable neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Inman Park
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Best local podcast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Hot Breath! Podcast

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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"Dukes & Bell" 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
atlanta.cbslocal.com/show/dukes-bell

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Atlanta Falcons

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Jovita Moore

Best local Twitter feed BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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@AtlantaDish

Best local weather guy/gal BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Chesley McNeil

Best MARTA station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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MARTA Station - Decatur

Best middle school BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Samuel M. Inman Middle School

Best morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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"The Bert Show"

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Inman Park Festival

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Downtown
Old Fourth Ward has murals. Midtown has the High Museum’s ever-changing interactive pieces, including the popular Trompos, the quirky spinning rock/booger on the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets, and the often-overlooked Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park. But DOWNTOWN has South Broad Street’smore...
Old Fourth Ward has murals. Midtown has the High Museum’s ever-changing interactive pieces, including the popular Trompos, the quirky spinning rock/booger on the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets, and the often-overlooked Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park. But DOWNTOWN has South Broad Street’s vibrant upstart arts scene, the orphaned sculptures from the 1996 Summer Olympics, Elevate, Eyedrum, the Rialto, and some of Living Walls’ more daring murals. www.downtownatlanta.com. less...

Best neighborhood to have it all BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
Little Five Points
Pharmacy? Yep. Grocery store? Yes, and an organic one at that. Bars. Lots. A psychologist to talk about your feelings? Yeah, and in the same building as a dentist. Good neighborhoods have life’s daily needs in close proximity and are easy to walk around. LITTLE FIVE POINTS has all that, plus a strongmore...
Pharmacy? Yep. Grocery store? Yes, and an organic one at that. Bars. Lots. A psychologist to talk about your feelings? Yeah, and in the same building as a dentist. Good neighborhoods have life’s daily needs in close proximity and are easy to walk around. LITTLE FIVE POINTS has all that, plus a strong dose of genuine Atlanta grit. Thanks to a grant from ArtPlace America, there’s now performance art in the streets. MARTA’s a 10-minute walk away, bumping it even higher in the rankings for a well-rounded neighborhood. www.littlefivepoints.net. less...

Best new addition to the cityscape BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Ponce City Market

Best new local startup BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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TIE: Vesta Movement AND Urban Tree Cidery

Vesta Movement, 744 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. 404-281-1121. www.vastaatl.com.

Urban Tree Cidery, 1465 Howell Mill Road N.W. 404-855-5546. www.urbantreecidery.com.

Best new publicly accessible rooftop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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The Roof at Ponce City Market
If you’re hankering for a new angle on Atlanta’s skyline, the NEW PONCE CITY MARKET ROOFTOP has finally arrived. Should you decide to peel your eyes away from the quirky narrow stretch of buildings, turn around and find yourself in Skyline Park, the 1.7-acre-rooftop boardwalk-inspired amusement parkmore...
If you’re hankering for a new angle on Atlanta’s skyline, the NEW PONCE CITY MARKET ROOFTOP has finally arrived. Should you decide to peel your eyes away from the quirky narrow stretch of buildings, turn around and find yourself in Skyline Park, the 1.7-acre-rooftop boardwalk-inspired amusement park decked out with a dunking booth, mini golf, skeeball, and a free-fall Heege ride. Jamestown Properties plans to use the roof’s remaining 4.3 acres for restaurants, events, and private space for building tenants. Yes, it will cost you $10 to access, and extra money if you want to enjoy the attractions. But just think: The rooftop gives visitors a one-stop shop to dunk someone in a tub of water while taking in the picturesque skyline of Atlanta. That’s what we call good architecture. less...

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Ponce City Market

Best next big development opportunity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Murphy Triangle
To live up to Ryan Gravel’s vision, the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail between Washington Park and Adair Park will need to have retail, restaurants, and offices — places where southwest Atlanta residents can go. Underused warehouses along White Street can provide some of that space, but nothingmore...
To live up to Ryan Gravel’s vision, the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail between Washington Park and Adair Park will need to have retail, restaurants, and offices — places where southwest Atlanta residents can go. Underused warehouses along White Street can provide some of that space, but nothing quite compares to the potential of MURPHY TRIANGLE, a sprawling collection of industrial properties, most of which still have that lived-in quality that’s become increasingly rare in Atlanta. From the nearly 17-acre former State Farmers Market to the humdrum box factory and other warehouses, this area could one day become a smartly adapted mini-city unto itself. Throw in the so-big-you’ll-get-lost Lifecycle Building Center and you get a sizable helping of a green business in intown Atlanta. Just hope planners chart out the best path and developers have the foresight to make the most of existing buildings. less...

Best non-commercial radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best nonprofit BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Atlanta Film Society

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

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Oakland Cemetery

Best OTP park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Inman Park

Best overrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
The Varsity (7 ATL Locations)

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
TIE: Kasim Reed AND Nathan Deal

www.kasimreed.comhttp://www.kasimreed.com

AND

gov.georgia.gov

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Kasim Reed

Best picnic spot BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Piedmont Park

Best place to buy a starter home BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
East Atlanta Village

Best place to buy a starter home and contribute to a community BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
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Capitol View
If you want to stick around the City of Atlanta for a while, crave the house and picket fence, and don’t want to pay an ungodly mortgage, consider CAPITOL VIEW. Located along the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail, some sections of the neighborhood offer historic bungalows — some of which won’tmore...
If you want to stick around the City of Atlanta for a while, crave the house and picket fence, and don’t want to pay an ungodly mortgage, consider CAPITOL VIEW. Located along the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail, some sections of the neighborhood offer historic bungalows — some of which won’t need extensive renovations — in the mid-$100,000 range. The community is bordered by Metropolitan Parkway and Murphy Avenue with easy access to Highway 166 and I-85 and is near MARTA rail. Homes that sat boarded up are being renovated — or are available for a DIY renovation — and being marketed at relatively affordable prices (for now). www.capitolview.org. less...

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Atlanta Beltline Inc

Best place to rent BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
West End
Movie stars are renting homes in Inman Park. Parents looking for top-notch schools pay top dollar in Decatur. Apartments along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail are priced for Silicon Valley émigrés. Buckhead is Buckhead. If you’re looking for a place that won’t drain you and your roommates’more...
Movie stars are renting homes in Inman Park. Parents looking for top-notch schools pay top dollar in Decatur. Apartments along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail are priced for Silicon Valley émigrés. Buckhead is Buckhead. If you’re looking for a place that won’t drain you and your roommates’ bank accounts, search WEST END. You will be close to MARTA, Downtown, and the interstate, plus food options ranging from Truly Living Well’s urban farm in neighboring Ashview Heights, Big Bear’s smaller grocery store, and a Kroger down the under-construction Westside Trail. www.atlantawestend.com. less...

Best place to rent BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Midtown

Best place to work remotely BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Octane Coffee
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best public basketball court BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Grant Park Recreation Center

Best public pool BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

Best public skate park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark

Best public tennis court BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

Best rabble rouser/activist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Angel Luis Poventud

Best radio DJ/personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Bert Weiss

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Atlanta Rollergirls

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
105.7 (WRDA-FM)
radio1057.iheart.com

Best secret stash of Victorian architecture BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
West End
Yes, WEST END has won awards from Curbed and Redfin proclaiming it Atlanta’s coolest community. But it’s not the first time the neighborhood has been fashionable. The neighborhood that began in the 1830s as a small village and pub called the White Hall Tavern became its own city in the 1860s. Developersmore...
Yes, WEST END has won awards from Curbed and Redfin proclaiming it Atlanta’s coolest community. But it’s not the first time the neighborhood has been fashionable. The neighborhood that began in the 1830s as a small village and pub called the White Hall Tavern became its own city in the 1860s. Developers over the years built housing ranging from bungalows to gorgeous Victorian mansions — grand homes that, thanks to dedicated longtime residents and new arrivals unafraid to swing a hammer, can be seen in their gabled glory along Peeples Street, Oglethorpe Avenue, and other thoroughfares. Every year, a few well-preserved survivals from those days open up for the neighborhood’s tour of homes. Wren’s Nest is the most famous but it’s got plenty of lovely companions well worth a visit. www.atlantawestend.com. less...

Best show of bipartisanship BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
Passage of the rape-kit bill
In the Georgia Capitol, even the brightest of ideas can die a humiliating death simply because it's sponsored by a Democrat. But the PASSAGE OF THE RAPE-KIT BILL proves that’s not always the case. Early in this legislative session, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, introduced a bill that would requiremore...
In the Georgia Capitol, even the brightest of ideas can die a humiliating death simply because it's sponsored by a Democrat. But the PASSAGE OF THE RAPE-KIT BILL proves that’s not always the case. Early in this legislative session, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, introduced a bill that would require law enforcement to pick up rape kits from hospitals within 96 hours. No-brainer, right? State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who chairs the upper chamber’s Health and Human Services Committee, blocked the bill, saying the system to process rape kits wasn’t broken (it was — an AJC investigation found more than 1,400 kits at Grady Memorial Hospital had been left on the shelf). Republican and Democratic lawmakers and advocates added the language to another bill and navigated the measure past Untermann. In the final minutes of the session, House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, brought the new bill up for a final vote. Standing at the lectern was an exhausted and exasperated Holcomb, who bluntly told lawmakers they knew what was up for consideration. It passed. Holcomb earned a standing ovation for his hard work. less...

Best sloppy wet kiss from the state BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
Sales tax to pay for transit expansion
Atlanta’s biggest obstacle is arguably the state of Georgia. If the city wants to try something progressive — say, levying a SALES TAX TO PAY FOR TRANSIT EXPANSION — oftentimes it must first ask permission from the GOP-controlled Gold Dome. It appeared this year that Fulton and DeKalb counties,more...
Atlanta’s biggest obstacle is arguably the state of Georgia. If the city wants to try something progressive — say, levying a SALES TAX TO PAY FOR TRANSIT EXPANSION — oftentimes it must first ask permission from the GOP-controlled Gold Dome. It appeared this year that Fulton and DeKalb counties, plus the city, would get a chance to ask voters to tax themselves to build more transit options. North Fulton mayors started bellyaching about needing more cash for roads than rail and the measure died. Thanks to House Majority Leader Jan Jones, a Milton Republican (!), a compromise was brokered allowing Atlanta to seek a half-percent sales tax to fund at least $2.5 billion for new rail and buses inside the city — and just the city. Sure, there still isn’t any meaningful statewide transit funding. And asking residents to carry the burden — like we’ve done for the sewer system overhaul, which the state was also expected to assist — can be a bittersweet gift. But we can’t get out of our car-oriented hellscape without the Gold Dome. less...

Best speed demon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
Candace Hill
Last year CANDACE HILL, then a rising senior at Rockdale County High School, broke the world record to become the world’s fastest girl, running a 100-meter sprint in 10.98 seconds. And while most teenagers are still learning how to drive, Hill is deciding which shoe company would be her best sponsor.more...
Last year CANDACE HILL, then a rising senior at Rockdale County High School, broke the world record to become the world’s fastest girl, running a 100-meter sprint in 10.98 seconds. And while most teenagers are still learning how to drive, Hill is deciding which shoe company would be her best sponsor. (She inked a 10-year deal with ASICS, turning pro and skipping college athletics.) The scholar athlete failed to place for the Summer Olympics in Brazil. But she took defeat and found a lesson, telling FloTrack: “You’re 17. You don’t have to compare yourself to others, because you’re a different age from them and even though you didn’t get the results you wanted, just keep your head held high.” www.twitter.com/candacedasav. less...

Best sports executive hire BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Critics Pick
Lisa Borders
When the WNBA needed to find a new president for the 20-year-old pro-basketball league, it made sense to tap LISA BORDERS. If the WNBA was looking for a leader with a contact list long enough to help boost its profile, they found her in the former Atlanta development executive, Atlanta City Council president,more...
When the WNBA needed to find a new president for the 20-year-old pro-basketball league, it made sense to tap LISA BORDERS. If the WNBA was looking for a leader with a contact list long enough to help boost its profile, they found her in the former Atlanta development executive, Atlanta City Council president, and philanthropic leader. The Atlanta native is a die-hard superfan who not only attends nearly every Dream game, but who also helped bring the WNBA team to the city. dream.wnba.com. less...

Best street BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Peachtree Street

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » CityScape » Readers Pick
Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

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