Two years after new owner Michael Furlinger took over the Ponce de Leon Ave. mainstay, Plaza Theatre's marquee is still lit. On top of that, Men's Journal has listed it among the top 20 movie houses in the world, alongside theaters in London, Oslo, Brooklyn, Paris, and L.A. This is year 75 for the Art Deco theater. Listed among it's notable upgrades are the "plush chairs, gourmet concessions, and digital projection." But the key to it's survival has been maintaining its mix of cult classics, like those signature midnight screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show, with new indie flicks and first-run blockbusters Furlinger's used his cinema experience to secure to make the Plaza more competitive.
Here at CL, our pants are fitting a bit tighter today because of all the
pigging out research we've been doing for our 100 Dishes issue, our compilation of "signatures, classics, and bests, to once again help you navigate Atlanta's gastronomic glory," as our associate food editor Stephanie Dazey put it in her introduction. For this go-round (our first 100 Dishes debuted in 2011), we've made everything super easy to navigate on your phone for all you Instagramming, Facebook-loving Foursquare-using food lovers. Visit our mobile site m.clatl.com and save the shortcut to your phone (looks just like an app!) to have access to the entire list on the go. AND, if you like CL on Foursquare, you can find out which 100 Dishes locations are nearby and earn badges for checking in and eating your way through the list. Neat.
Now start eating. Swimsuit season is just around the corner.
SeekingArrangement.com, a dating site that helps facilitate what it calls "mutually beneficial" matches between sugar daddies (old dudes with that money) and sugar babies (young tenders with that honey), has deemed Atlanta the "Sugar Daddy Capital of America."
While it's definitely a much cooler tag than the one Atlanta's been rocking for the past 50 years or so, this has to be the most depressing news I've heard all week. It's just another example of how the top 1 percent of income earners continue to prosper on the backs of the least among us. (And since I'm not rich enough to participate, I'm straight hatin'.)
In case you're wondering what's so special about Atlanta that's caused us to earn such a dubious distinction, well, here's the foot rub: It's our robust amount of college campuses, overflowing with broke, beautiful coeds in financial straits.
Per SeekingArrangement.com's press release:
"CNN recently reported that families are only meeting 30% of the college savings goals by the time their children are ready to go to college, forcing students to make up the difference. These studies show that there is a great demand for Sugar in Atlanta."
No doubt that's the same conclusion CNN drew. Probably the same reason we're the strip club capital of the nation, too, right? But here's the kicker: In January, this same sugar daddy website - aka "the world's largest Sugar Daddy dating website with over 2 million members" - surveyed its customer base to find out which school ranked as the No. 1 school for sugar baby sign-ups on the planet. And do you know it was Georgia State Unidamnversity? (The same school I happened to graduate from so-and-so many years ago. Et tu, GSU?)
A quick glance at the website shows the sugar daddies range in age from about 40-something to crusty-around-the-creases. According to SeekingArrangement's non-scientific pseudo-study: "The average Atlanta Sugar Daddy is 39 years old, makes approximately $361,959 annually, and spends on average $3644 monthly on his sugar babies."
Which makes me wonder, where in THEE HELL do they work? And are they hiring?!?
Compared with the 25 largest metro areas in the country, Atlanta has experienced some of the “greatest pressures in overall affordability” since the start of the new millennium, according to a new report from the Center for Housing Policy (PDF).
Our fair city ranked among the top three, along with Dallas and Detroit, in widening the gap of affordability when it comes to fundamental costs such as housing and transportation.
According to the report, moderate-income households face some of the biggest challenges, shelling out an average of 63 percent of their income to live and move around in Atlanta — about eight percent higher than the national average.
Say what you will about the state economy, education or even the transportation infrastructure, but Georgia continues to be one of the top ten states for business according to an annual analysis by CNBC.
Atlanta has landed yet another spot near the top of a notoriously pointless Top 10 list. This time, the city earned the rep of having some of the most spoiled kids in America.
The relatively un-scientific survey from Bundle.com bases its results on the amount of money parents spend on their kids - from diapers to toys to just about anything. It doesn't, however, provide much of a gauge of how whining or obnoxious the kids actually are.
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