In the last year we've endured an ice storm, protests, school scandals, and the usual assortment of deaths, weave burglaries, and park openings. Somehow, like we do every year, we survived. Pour a stiff drink, collapse on the fainting couch, and revisit 2011's most viewed posts on Fresh Loaf, which next year will co-sponsor legislation banning wild animals from suburban sports bars.
1. Just days before the doors opened to Dragon*Con, the annual sci-fi celebration that unleashes Klingons and superheros upon our quaint city, festival organizers said gawkers would have to buy a ticket if they wanted to party in hotel lobbies. The move was a break from previous years when people would waltz in off the street and pose for photos with Darth Vader. We still had fun.
2. CL's round-up of readers' Halloween costumes warmed your hearts. And, for some odd reason, landed on Fark's homepage three weeks later.
3. "Hi, Judge Amanda Williams? You're the judge who oversees the very successful drug court in Brunswick, Ga., right? I'm Ira Glass from This American Life."
4. Georgia's new license plate design looks very I-got-this-airbrushed-on-a-shirt-in-Helen-during-Octoberfest.
5. In February, without much fanfare, the fences surrounding Historic Fourth Ward Park near City Hall East were removed. Atlantans embraced the amenity located just a block from the Atlanta Beltline. The park's final phase, which stretches to North Avenue, is nearly complete.
6. Who knew CL readers were also Pippa Middleton obsessives?
7. The beloved King of Pops mural on the side of a laundromat near the popsicle wizard's Poncey-Highland corner is now buried under a layer of paint. R.I.P., pretty mural.
8. Want to start an interesting debate next time you sit around the drum circle? Ask if Occupy Atlanta's decision to not allow Congressman John Lewis to speak during the group's first meeting forever hurt the local movement's chances.
9. The state missed a golden opportunity by not selling commemorative copies of its special report about the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. We could have funded transit. Or education, for that matter.
10. Bobby Franklin, the far-right Republican lawmaker who died earlier this year, didn't make many friends with his comment comparing gays to "unrepentant drug dealers."
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