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Best street party: Atlanta Streets Alive

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The only thing Atlantans love more than street festivals, apparently, are festivals celebrating the street. Witness Atlanta Streets Alive. Inspired by Bogotá, Colombia's ciclovías, this year's affair - the sixth such event - closed off vehicular traffic along five miles of North Highland Avenue between Virginia-Highland and Old Fourth Ward and transformed asphalt into an adult playground of human-powered amusement. An estimated 13,000 people flocked to the streets for bike riding, belly dancing, bicycle polo, and street hockey competitions - but without all those lackluster art tents or people stuffing their faces with funnel cakes you'll find at other outdoor happenings. Things are likely to improve: October's event is scheduled to use the same route and incorporate the newly completed Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, forming a loop shape.

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