Why I Heart Grant Park, For Starters

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There are many reasons to love Grant Park (the neighborhood, that is), but let’s face it: the park itself is the true star of the show. It is Grant Park, after all. Removing it from the neighborhood that surrounds it would be akin to telling peanut butter that he could not longer consort with jelly, or separating Cheech from Chong. …

New Year’s Eve. All Dressed Up. Nowhere To Go.

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While others are out reveling, I will be on a couch, happily nesting, completely full, slightly (or not so slightly) buzzed, wondering why the network poobahs at ABC insist on trotting out “America’s Oldest Living Teenager” Dick Clark for yet another go-around. Not that Seacrest is any better, but come on. If you still don’t have plans, check out the …

Twittering About

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I’ve finally done it. I am now officially twittering (or more accurately, tweeting). I have no idea what I’m doing… yet. If you’re interested in following me, click here. If you’re interested in setting up your own Twitter account, click here. If you’re interested in Twitter but have no idea what it’s all about… how about a little Twitter 101? …

Atlanta: The City of Milk and Honey

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Big thanks to Br’er Bear over at Flappy Days for sending me this article about all the New Yorkers that have moved down to Atlanta since 2000. So sayeth The Post: Between 2000 and 2005, 40,000 New Yorkers moved to Atlanta, according to the city’s Regional Commission. Assuming that those numbers have stayed consistent, we’re talking about 8,000 New York …

Where Exactly Is (The) Highlands?

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 I remember being totally confused when I first heard someone refer to Virginia Highland as “The Highlands”. I was new to Atlanta at the time, and couldn’t quite figure out what made the neighborhood plural, or what the deal was with the “the”. The derivation is straightforward enough. One of the neighborhood’s central intersections is at Virginia and Highland Avenues. …

My All-Time Favorite X-Mas Song

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While the world was fawning all over “We Are The World” (with good reason, I might add), there was another mid-eighties, fundraising, star-driven chorus line out there lighting up the charts while doing good for those in need. Band Aid was the brainchild of (Sir) Bob Geldof, former Boomtown Rats front man and subsequent Live Aid grand poobah. It was …

Who Put The Cabbage In Cabbagetown

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Whenever I take visiting friends through Cabbagetown, I’m inevitably asked the same question: Why is it called Cabbagetown? There are several theories, and thanks to Wikipedia, I can share them with you: 1. The mostly transplanted poor Appalachian residents (largely of Scots-Irish descent) who worked in the nearby Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, would grow cabbages in the front yards …

Good Food + Good Beer = Happiness

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Last night I spent a stellar evening at The BookHouse Pub, a new bar/eatery. (I’m deliberately not calling it a “gastropub”, which is this year’s “small plates”… if you know what I’m saying.) It’s the type of cozy, warm space that’s perfect for a blustery December evening. Its wood paneled interior was lined with books, and the soundtrack for the …

What’s The Beltline (and why should I love it)?

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Atlanta’s been abuzz with Beltline chatter since it was first proposed by a Georgia Tech grad student back in 1999. We all know it’s coming… and some of us know something about it… but most of the time, conversations about the Beltline are dotted with rumors, innuendo and lots (and lots, and lots) of hope. Just to sum up, this …

Low Rates… Getting Lower?

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“Saw yesterday that the going rate on a 30 year fixed is 5.25%. Read today (here) about the plan to possibly push rates down to 4.5%. Looking to buy, good news. Looking to refinance, good news. And who said there’s no good news these days!”