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The polls have closed. The people have spoken. From Buckhead to Bankhead, Va-Hi to West End, it's a new day for Atlanta. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, we believe it's safe to report that our Cityscape frontrunners have won by a landslide. These worthy candidates are ready to serve the needs of soccer MILFs and ironic hipsters, Hong Kong gangsters and Huddle House dads across Atlanta. On this momentous day, we're happy to toast such Atlanta icons as YouTube phenom Soulja Girl and 15-minute celeb John Fitzgerald Page (i.e., "the worst person in the world"). We couldn't have done it without the near-death of Grady Memorial Hospital or the civil disobedience of the Critical Mass cyclists. Had it not been for the priceless contributions from the bloggers at PecanneLog.com, or the groundbreaking graphics generated by AccessNorthGa.com, we doubt we'd be here today. So let's take a minute to applaud the few, the proud -- the Best of Atlanta Cityscape winners.

– Mara Shalhoup

Best of Atlanta Exit Poll Results


For expanded information on each award, including location information, click on each award title

Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal

Capitol View

In 2007, a shit storm hit the real estate market. Credit dried up. Sales tumbled. Prices collapsed. If there’s an upside, it’s that one person’s »more

Best Beach Retreat

Jekyll Island

J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and Cornelius Vanderbilt were onto something when, inspired by the “splendid isolation,” they snatched up Georgia’s JEKYLL ISLAND for »more

Best Bizarro Local News Graphics

AccessNorthGa.com

When you click on a news story at ACCESSNORTHGA.COM, the website of Gainesville’s WDUN-AM (550), there’s a good chance the image that accompanies it will »more

Best Columnist Not Found in the Pages of the AJC (or Creative Loafing)

David O'Brien's Braves Blog

It’s been a tortured season for the Atlanta Braves, who are out of playoff contention for the first time since 1991. One consolation in these »more

Best Effort to Preserve a Local Landmark

Save the Buckhead Library

Over the past year, Facebook has been more than just an excuse to play Scrabulous (R.I.P.) and a way to say “How ya been?” to »more

Best Flower in Atlanta's Lapel

Fox Theatre

Concert promoter Alex Cooley tells a great story of how he was walking around the nosebleed section of the FOX THEATRE one afternoon. He was »more

Best Hope for the Braves

Yunel Escobar

Between persistent injuries to slugger Chipper Jones and starting pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Mike Hampton and Tim Hudson, the Braves suffered a serious setback »more

Best Hope for the Hawks

Al Horford

Is there hope for the Hawks? They made the playoffs for the first time in forever this year and took the eventual champions to the »more

Best Ink-Stained Wretches

Andy Miller and Alan Judd

The 18-month Atlanta Journal-Constitution series about Georgia’s piss-poor mental-health system achieved what all good investigative journalism should: It shed light on a serious problem and »more

Best Intown Park

Freedom Park

It’s easy to underestimate the sheer magnitude of FREEDOM PARK, the biggest urban park created in the United States over the past 100 years. Freedom »more

Best Jogging Path

Grant Park

Go running, you say? But what about the code orange smog alert? And the blazing Georgia heat? Excuses, excuses. GRANT PARK is a shady, tree-filled »more

Best Local Bloggers

Pecanne Log

In less than a year, a trio of young ladies with fine eyes for art, snark and Atlanta’s eccentricities has managed to make us both »more

Best Local Do-Gooder

Dennis Creech

Want to do something about global warming and save money? Start at home. Our humble abodes are responsible for an estimated 20 percent of carbon »more

Best Local Political Newcomer

Stacey Abrams

Georgia is in dire need of fresh leadership, improved ideas and new directions. Though her political career only began in 2007, state Rep. STACEY ABRAMS »more

Best Local Rabble-Rouser

John Woodham

Don’t get us wrong: We’re all for the Beltline. So it might come as a surprise that we’re honoring JOHN WOODHAM with this award. The »more

Best Mountain Escape

Blood Mountain

It’s easy to forget here in our sprawling asphalt jungle that we’re just a couple hours south of some of the oldest mountains in the »more

Best Neighborhood for Art

Castleberry Hill

In such a sprawling city, with its culture thrown like paint across a Jackson Pollock canvas, CASTLEBERRY HILL is the concentrated, multiculti focal point of »more

Best Neighborhood for Nightlife

East Atlanta Village

When it comes to the most diverse – and least pretentious – place to party, EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE reigns supreme. For starters, the Village is »more

Best Neighborhood to Live In Without a Car

Midtown

After two decades as a glorified office park, Atlanta’s intown is looking like a city core should: vibrant, energized and brimming with first-rate amenities that »more

Best New High-End Hotel

Twelve Centennial Park

Of all the boutique-style luxury hotels to open in Atlanta of late – the modern and surreal W in Midtown, the hip and exclusive Glenn »more

Best New Place to Carry a Concealed Weapon

Restaurants that serve alcohol

Prior to July 1, Georgia law presented the state’s 300,000 gun-permit holders with a stark choice: Dine without a gun and risk being defenseless in »more

Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Because of its convention business, Atlanta has ample tourist attractions. The downtown museums are fine, and so are Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. »more

Best Overall Radio Station

WRAS-FM (88.5)

Sure, you can justify the wild popularity of Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM (88.5) because of its long-running and refreshingly unique programming. Oldies but goodies include »more

Best Overrated Thing About Atlanta

Atlantic Station

So much hype surrounded ATLANTIC STATION before it opened that a letdown was inevitable. Presented to Atlantans as a monument of new urbanism, upon arrival »more

Best Person You Hate to Love

T.I.

Nobody turns lemons into Hennessy like Atlanta-born rapper and actor T.I.. Last October, T.I., the convicted felon, attempted to purchase illegal machine guns and silencers »more

Best Person You Love to Hate

John Fitzgerald Page

Last year, boastful Atlanta financial analyst JOHN FITZGERALD PAGE became an unwitting ce-web-rity after his extraordinarily douchey response to a Match.com rejection found its way »more

Best Place for Civil Disobedience On The Go

Critical Mass

On the last Friday of every month at 6 p.m., an estimated 400 cyclists gather in Woodruff Park and start a slow-rolling tour of Atlanta »more

Best Place to Hike and Bike

Arabia Mountain and Rockdale River Trails

It took a small group of conservation-minded Georgians nearly 12 years to secure 2,000 protected acres in south DeKalb County and create a nature preserve »more

Best Place to People-Watch

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

For its sheer size, number of people and variety of social circles, there’s no better place than HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to gawk and fawn. »more

Best Place to See What Atlanta was Like Before Humans Trashed It

Fernbank Forest

Before the Internet, electricity, roads, Scarlett O’Hara, George Washington or Christopher Columbus, metro Atlanta was a hardwood forest. Although Atlanta is full of wooded areas, »more

Best Public Institution to Cheat Death

Grady Memorial Hospital

Hobbled by a lack of public support, atrocious leadership and a clientele unable to keep up with exploding health-care costs, the region’s top trauma hospital »more

Best Radio DJ

Jamal Ahmed

Now that JAMAL AHMED has returned to the airwaves of WCLK-FM (91.9), Atlanta can exhale. The DJ/on-air personality of 12 years left in early 2007, »more

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia

Liquor laws and various other human rights infringements

It’s just like the Georgia Legislature to beat us while we’re down – struggling with absurd traffic and perpetual sprawl, and gasping for the air »more

Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede

We need more water

Don’t tell anybody, but WE NEED MORE WATER, and we’re going to do whatever the hell we can to get our hands on it. One »more

Best Suburb

Chamblee

With a reasonable downtown commute, whether along I-85 or on MARTA; an impressive selection of shops, particularly along “antique row”; and plenty of affordable housing, »more

Best Underrated Thing About Atlanta

MARTA

We’ve been typecast as the poster child for sprawl, and it’s long been popular among cynics to deride MARTA as a joke of a transit »more

Best Unwelcome Tourist

Tornadoes

Like a drunken giant stumbling home from the bar, the March TORNADOES that ravaged Atlanta left a staggered footprint stretching from Vine City to East »more

Best Use of Public Transit in a YouTube Video

Soulja Girl

In early May, a four-minute video hit the Internet that single-handedly brought together MARTA security, mental illness and the eloquent prose of Soulja Boy. The »more

DARK HORSE: Best Street Character

Prophet Love

When the economy sucks, gas prices blow and the Atlanta summer heat makes you sweat bullets, nothing brightens your day like a man in a »more

FAVORITE SON: Best Local Politician

Nan Orrock

For decades, she’s fought the good fight, starting in the ’60s with the March on Washington and her work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. »more

Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal

Capitol View

In 2007, a shit storm hit the real estate market. Credit dried up. Sales tumbled. Prices collapsed. If there’s an upside, it’s that one person’s »more

Best Beach Retreat

Jekyll Island

J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and Cornelius Vanderbilt were onto something when, inspired by the “splendid isolation,” they snatched up Georgia’s JEKYLL ISLAND for »more

Best Bizarro Local News Graphics

AccessNorthGa.com

When you click on a news story at ACCESSNORTHGA.COM, the website of Gainesville’s WDUN-AM (550), there’s a good chance the image that accompanies it will »more

Best Columnist Not Found in the Pages of the AJC (or Creative Loafing)

David O'Brien's Braves Blog

It’s been a tortured season for the Atlanta Braves, who are out of playoff contention for the first time since 1991. One consolation in these »more

Best Effort to Preserve a Local Landmark

Save the Buckhead Library

Over the past year, Facebook has been more than just an excuse to play Scrabulous (R.I.P.) and a way to say “How ya been?” to »more

Best Flower in Atlanta's Lapel

Fox Theatre

Concert promoter Alex Cooley tells a great story of how he was walking around the nosebleed section of the FOX THEATRE one afternoon. He was »more

Best Hope for the Braves

Yunel Escobar

Between persistent injuries to slugger Chipper Jones and starting pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Mike Hampton and Tim Hudson, the Braves suffered a serious setback »more

Best Hope for the Hawks

Al Horford

Is there hope for the Hawks? They made the playoffs for the first time in forever this year and took the eventual champions to the »more

Best Ink-Stained Wretches

Andy Miller and Alan Judd

The 18-month Atlanta Journal-Constitution series about Georgia’s piss-poor mental-health system achieved what all good investigative journalism should: It shed light on a serious problem and »more

Best Intown Park

Freedom Park

It’s easy to underestimate the sheer magnitude of FREEDOM PARK, the biggest urban park created in the United States over the past 100 years. Freedom »more

Best Jogging Path

Grant Park

Go running, you say? But what about the code orange smog alert? And the blazing Georgia heat? Excuses, excuses. GRANT PARK is a shady, tree-filled »more

Best Local Bloggers

Pecanne Log

In less than a year, a trio of young ladies with fine eyes for art, snark and Atlanta’s eccentricities has managed to make us both »more

Best Local Do-Gooder

Dennis Creech

Want to do something about global warming and save money? Start at home. Our humble abodes are responsible for an estimated 20 percent of carbon »more

Best Local Political Newcomer

Stacey Abrams

Georgia is in dire need of fresh leadership, improved ideas and new directions. Though her political career only began in 2007, state Rep. STACEY ABRAMS »more

Best Local Rabble-Rouser

John Woodham

Don’t get us wrong: We’re all for the Beltline. So it might come as a surprise that we’re honoring JOHN WOODHAM with this award. The »more

Best Mountain Escape

Blood Mountain

It’s easy to forget here in our sprawling asphalt jungle that we’re just a couple hours south of some of the oldest mountains in the »more

Best Neighborhood for Art

Castleberry Hill

In such a sprawling city, with its culture thrown like paint across a Jackson Pollock canvas, CASTLEBERRY HILL is the concentrated, multiculti focal point of »more

Best Neighborhood for Nightlife

East Atlanta Village

When it comes to the most diverse – and least pretentious – place to party, EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE reigns supreme. For starters, the Village is »more

Best Neighborhood to Live In Without a Car

Midtown

After two decades as a glorified office park, Atlanta’s intown is looking like a city core should: vibrant, energized and brimming with first-rate amenities that »more

Best New High-End Hotel

Twelve Centennial Park

Of all the boutique-style luxury hotels to open in Atlanta of late – the modern and surreal W in Midtown, the hip and exclusive Glenn »more

Best New Place to Carry a Concealed Weapon

Restaurants that serve alcohol

Prior to July 1, Georgia law presented the state’s 300,000 gun-permit holders with a stark choice: Dine without a gun and risk being defenseless in »more

Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Because of its convention business, Atlanta has ample tourist attractions. The downtown museums are fine, and so are Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. »more

Best Overall Radio Station

WRAS-FM (88.5)

Sure, you can justify the wild popularity of Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM (88.5) because of its long-running and refreshingly unique programming. Oldies but goodies include »more

Best Overrated Thing About Atlanta

Atlantic Station

So much hype surrounded ATLANTIC STATION before it opened that a letdown was inevitable. Presented to Atlantans as a monument of new urbanism, upon arrival »more

Best Person You Hate to Love

T.I.

Nobody turns lemons into Hennessy like Atlanta-born rapper and actor T.I.. Last October, T.I., the convicted felon, attempted to purchase illegal machine guns and silencers »more

Best Person You Love to Hate

John Fitzgerald Page

Last year, boastful Atlanta financial analyst JOHN FITZGERALD PAGE became an unwitting ce-web-rity after his extraordinarily douchey response to a Match.com rejection found its way »more

Best Place for Civil Disobedience On The Go

Critical Mass

On the last Friday of every month at 6 p.m., an estimated 400 cyclists gather in Woodruff Park and start a slow-rolling tour of Atlanta »more

Best Place to Hike and Bike

Arabia Mountain and Rockdale River Trails

It took a small group of conservation-minded Georgians nearly 12 years to secure 2,000 protected acres in south DeKalb County and create a nature preserve »more

Best Place to People-Watch

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

For its sheer size, number of people and variety of social circles, there’s no better place than HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to gawk and fawn. »more

Best Place to See What Atlanta was Like Before Humans Trashed It

Fernbank Forest

Before the Internet, electricity, roads, Scarlett O’Hara, George Washington or Christopher Columbus, metro Atlanta was a hardwood forest. Although Atlanta is full of wooded areas, »more

Best Public Institution to Cheat Death

Grady Memorial Hospital

Hobbled by a lack of public support, atrocious leadership and a clientele unable to keep up with exploding health-care costs, the region’s top trauma hospital »more

Best Radio DJ

Jamal Ahmed

Now that JAMAL AHMED has returned to the airwaves of WCLK-FM (91.9), Atlanta can exhale. The DJ/on-air personality of 12 years left in early 2007, »more

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia

Liquor laws and various other human rights infringements

It’s just like the Georgia Legislature to beat us while we’re down – struggling with absurd traffic and perpetual sprawl, and gasping for the air »more

Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede

We need more water

Don’t tell anybody, but WE NEED MORE WATER, and we’re going to do whatever the hell we can to get our hands on it. One »more

Best Suburb

Chamblee

With a reasonable downtown commute, whether along I-85 or on MARTA; an impressive selection of shops, particularly along “antique row”; and plenty of affordable housing, »more

Best Underrated Thing About Atlanta

MARTA

We’ve been typecast as the poster child for sprawl, and it’s long been popular among cynics to deride MARTA as a joke of a transit »more

Best Unwelcome Tourist

Tornadoes

Like a drunken giant stumbling home from the bar, the March TORNADOES that ravaged Atlanta left a staggered footprint stretching from Vine City to East »more

Best Use of Public Transit in a YouTube Video

Soulja Girl

In early May, a four-minute video hit the Internet that single-handedly brought together MARTA security, mental illness and the eloquent prose of Soulja Boy. The »more

DARK HORSE: Best Street Character

Prophet Love

When the economy sucks, gas prices blow and the Atlanta summer heat makes you sweat bullets, nothing brightens your day like a man in a »more

FAVORITE SON: Best Local Politician

Nan Orrock

For decades, she’s fought the good fight, starting in the ’60s with the March on Washington and her work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. »more

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