The year that was

T-SPLOST loses, public art sparks debate, and a Midtown landmark shuts down

Outwrite Books closed. Tinfoil hats were allowed under the Gold Dome. Chip Rogers paid the price. Chipper retired. So did Monica Pearson. Plaza Theatre got sold. Gold Dome's War on Women was declared, fought, probably postponed (until next legislative session). CounterPoint Festival fans got soaked. Food trucks were raided. The airport's international terminal opened its doors. T-SPLOST lost. OBAMA WON. Panhandling was banned. So was puffing cigarettes in public parks. Arthur Blank begged for stadium cash - and just might get it. Atlanta Falcons went 7-0 and clinched the division. Twelve Atlanta chefs appeared on a reality show. Three won. Trinidad James got paid $2 million. Living Walls sparked controversy and debate. Boulevard was embraced by the surrounding communities. Natasha Trethewey was crowned U.S. Poet Laureate. Robert De Niro got Blondie-ed. PARKatlanta sucked. FLUX Projects wowed. The Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail opened. The world didn't end.