June 14, 2012 Slideshows

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Readers' Favorite Places in Atlanta 

Alison Amyx
"The Sunrise of Edgewood" by Gaia and Nanook. This new piece was such a welcome surprise when it appeared in March. The bold design blends effortlessly with the surrounding neighborhood, and it's a testament to Atlanta's street art revival. It's one of my favorite new things to show visitors to our city.
Kati Keyes
I love the Whittaker School on Huff Road on the westside. According to an AJC article from a few years ago, the architect is unknown. I hope it never gets torn down. Even the graffiti is beautiful.
Lindsay E. Aleshire
Seat K17 in the topmost balcony of Symphony Hall. It may be all I can afford as a young professional on a budget that is mostly allotted to the purchase of cheap beer and Ikea furniture, but this occasional view of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in concert keeps me hopeful for a future full of the finer things in life.  And I don’t even mind the occasional nosebleeds and only relying on my sense of hearing to discern what is going on upstage – as long as I can leave Symphony Hall amid a throng of pashmina-clad, pocket square-sporting Haves feeling like my cultural cup has been filled to the brim. The momentary illusion of my life on the right track, following in the footsteps of the arts-minded greats before me, carries me on a cloud of self-satisfaction and personal fulfillment back to my rental apartment, where a half-drained bottle of Two Buck Chuck and my Redbox rental await me in a startling confrontation with reality.
Samantha Shal
This is a representation of one of my favorite places- the bar at The Brewhouse Cafe in Little 5 Points. We all have any number of reasons that we love a bar, many probably overlapping, so I'll leave it at this: it feels like home, because of the people as much as the place.
Samantha Shal
Whether or not you consider Stone Mountain "in" Atlanta, the view from it is the best way I've ever seen the skyline. This shot makes me feel like there's this great city out there while reminding me of where I am at the moment- in nature, just on the outskirts, but still close enough to feel the excitement of living in Atlanta.
Ned Morgan
My favorite place to be in Atlanta is in Piedmont Park on the hill next to 10th street with my dog Walter.  One of the best spots to check out the midtown skyline.
Darin
I can take the Walton Street exit of my condo building and head toward Centennial Olympic Park or Park Bar, both just a few blocks away. On the way, I get to see some beautiful architecture from the early-mid 20th century and watch it clash in a classic inner-city way with old-school urban grit.  There is no gentrification on this stretch of road like you find in the popular intown bungalow neighborhoods. No cupcake boutiques or beer growlers. But there's a "food market" where you can get a good sandwich made and buy some beer or wine or maybe some pet food. On this stretch, you'll pass by some people who are in the area to take advantage of the nearby homeless shelters, ones who are living in transitional housing in a Walton Street building, GSU students, visitors trying to find there way around downtown, office workers out for lunch, and residents like me and my family. It's a great mix of Atlanta humanity among the lovely, well-aged buildings of this city's first great building boom.
Eli Dickerson
My favorite spot (well... one of them) is under the champion Tulip Poplar tree in the Storza Woods at Atlanta Botanical Garden.  This is a massive tree (nearly 16 feet circumference) and it's humbling to be in its presence.  In the past I've taken my sack lunch out to the tree to eat under its canopy.  It's a relic of a time long since past.  The public can access the tree through the trails in Storza Woods with admission to ABG.
David Batterman
My favorite place is City Hall East, because no matter what time of day you see it, it always looked different. Not to mention a ton of history and it's obvious symbolism as crumbling wreck trying to be reborn. I took the photo a year or so ago around sundown.
Lawrence Andrade
Love the majestic dinner. Great place to get a coffee and people watch at 3 a.m.
Liane
Park Grounds in Reynoldstown. Booze + caffeine + dog park. With wi-fi. Enough said.
Mike G
That bowl in o4w is my favorite spot. Best place I have found to work it all out.
Matt King
This is the view from the rooftop of the parking deck at SCAD. It overlooks the skyline facing south, and the sunset every day facing west. No matter what mood I'm in I can always perch up here and clear my head. I leave feeling a little lighter every time.
Barbara Whaley
My favorite place in Atlanta is Freedom Park.  I live in Douglasville, GA.  There are walking trails in Douglasville, however they lack the atmosphere and the visual varieties that are found in this 207-acre park.  The section that I enjoy begins across the street from the Carter Center.  Many people enjoy the park by walking, riding bikes, skating and pushing baby strollers.  I enjoy walking.  While walking there are homes, restaurants and other park-goers to see.  Let’s not forget the dog walkers.  The dogs seem to enjoy the atmosphere also.  I do not visit the park only, but it is a relaxing end to a day of shopping at the Whole Foods market and Sevananda.  Food to nourish the body and a great park to take care of the mind.  The whole package.
Sharon Barrington
My favorite place is the Wylde Center (formerly known as Oakhurst Community Garden), a unique sanctuary in the busy, sometimes frenetic metropolis of Atlanta. When I go there, I feel renewed and at peace.
Kim Beidler
My favorite spot is Sweetwater Creek because it reminds me of home - which is the foothills of the Adirondack Mts in upstate NY.  I love to wander the trails and sit and watch the water rush past the boulders, as I play hopscotch over them. I also like the fact that the park has a lot of historical sites and stories, like an old mill, a dance hall and moonshine! As  well as it was a recent site for a movie - and it is close, quiet, has great trails, the staff are really friendly!
Patricia Heyes
Fernbank Science Center. On any clear Friday or Saturday night, I can venture just a mile from my home to the Fernbank Science Center, talk with friendly volunteers who know a thing or two about the skies, learn a little myself at a Planetarium show, and then look through the Observatory telescope at the craters on the moon. The craters appear so close and so clear that my brain begins to tell my hands to reach out and touch them. Recently, I looked through the giant telescope, saw Saturn's rings and muttered aloud "That's perfect."
Joann Karaga
Kelli Goldman
Six Feet Under/Oakland Cemetery Historic Oakland Cemetery and iconic Six Feet Under are incredibly unique polar opposites. Six Feet Under's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the cemetery is the perfect spot to get some great food and a cold beer with friends, while enjoying the still and peaceful historic landmark across the street. You can't beat the silent irony.
David E. Wasserman
Chattahoochee River Park at East Palisades because I believe this is a hidden gem inside the perimeter where you can find both scenic and quiet trails as well as wildlife and refuge from the bustling streets surrounding the park.
David E. Wasserman
I chose the picture of the Goat Farm because this is another hidden gem within the city where you can enjoy peaceful refuge from the bustling surrounding streets.
David E. Wasserman
The train shot is a view from the Lake Claire Land Trust, this too is a peaceful refuge from the surrounding bustling streets.
David E. Wasserman
Chattahoochee River Park at East Palisades because I believe this is a hidden gem inside the perimeter where you can find both scenic and quiet trails as well as wildlife and refuge from the bustling streets surrounding the park.
Stuart
Best art store in town! Great customer service and everything you need.
John E. Ramspott
My favorite location in Atlanta is the photography and art book section inside the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Peachtree St in Buckhead. They have the best selection of photography books in town. It is always a nice refuge for me. It always quiet and comfortable, with a large selection of books to thumb through. As a photographer, I find looking through and buying photography books both relaxing and inspirational. I also like the art books in the section next to it. I buy books here whenever I can, hoping this store does not meet the same fate as Borders.
Amanda Plumb
My favorite place in the city is Oakland Cemetery. I love going there on a sunny day to read or go for a picnic. Whenever I have out-of-town visitors, I take them for a walk through Oakland. And I even had my last birthday party there!
Sinan Sinharoy
My favorite place in Atlanta is the green roof on Georgia Tech's CULC building. The best time to go is on Saturdays during the fall, when all the football fans are either down below you tailgating or watching the game. Bring a friend, a six-pack of beer, and enjoy a great view of the Midtown skyline while lounging in a chair surrounded by greenery.
Call Gordon
One of my favorite places in Atlanta is The Camera Doctor in Decatur.  A friend gave me an old film camera about a year ago and if you love old film cameras, this is Nirvana, Heaven, and 72 virgin rolls of black and white film rolled into one.  I've never visited the store and stayed less than an hour.  Steve, the store owner, is a great resource if you love film and old cameras.  (There's even an amazing darkroom that you can rent after you've taken the photography classes they offer.) He even has film packs for old Polaroids!   I remember the first time that I walked into the store; the walls lined with mint condition cameras that had filled the dreams of my adolescence, the faint smell of darkroom chemicals and a guy behind the counter who spoke analog photography...I was home.
Ross Wallace
The Atlanta Prison Farm...the shortest trip to 500 acres of south Georgia nature and burned-out ruins you've ever taken.
Lachlan Smith
The rooftop bar at The Glen. Being up there reminds me that our city is so much more than glass and concrete. Lachlan Smith
Ms. Shelly-Anne Tulia Scott
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Juliet Marateck
Favorite place in Atlanta is the Midtown skyline at sunset.
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Alison Amyx
"The Sunrise of Edgewood" by Gaia and Nanook. This new piece was such a welcome surprise when it appeared in March. The bold design blends effortlessly with the surrounding neighborhood, and it's a testament to Atlanta's street art revival. It's one of my favorite new things to show visitors to our city.
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