Gene Kansas, Sidewalk Radio

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If you live in Atlanta and you’re interested in art, architecture, design, development, city planning or preservation, then you should be making an appointment to listen to Sidewalk Radio every month.  Each episode is guided by host Gene Kansas‘ passion for culture and community, covering a wide range of topics like the impact of the beverage community on Atlanta to the architecture of MARTA stations.  But before you decide to catch up on Sidewalk Radio on am1690, take a minute to meet the host with the most…

 

Q.  Favorite Atlanta neighborhood?

A. Ansley Park is a perennial favorite, I fell in love with it the moment I moved here 16 years ago.  I love that it is in the “middle of it all”, bordered by the arts district on one side and Piedmont Park on the other, but intentionally designed to feel like you’re “away from it all”.  I also love its rich history and because it makes me feel like I’m in New Orleans with the gorgeous oak-lined streets.

Q.  The most underrated thing about Atlanta is…

A.  Well, as we all know, Atlanta is a very self-promoting town.  Finding something underrated and unknown here can be a challenge.  I’d have to say that despite being a transient type of city, we’re actually really high up there when it comes to appreciating community.

Q.  A fairy godmother puts you in charge of Underground Atlanta and gives you carte blanche to do whatever you’d like with it.  Thoughts?

A.  Hmmmmm…good question.  If I had control of Underground Atlanta I’d promote the Zero Mile Post (the literal spot that marks where the city started) to a much higher degree.  It’s an important part of our reason for being.  Otherwise, I really try to stay away from there.  Is that wrong?!  

Q.  You’re asked to create the essential Sidewalk Radio Atlanta weekend.  What’s on the agenda?

A.  Sidewalk Radio explores art, architecture, design, development, city planning and preservation so it would have to be a long weekend, but I think I’d try to spend the whole time on Peachtree.  To quote urban planner and Sidewalk Radio guest David Green, “Peachtree Street is the cultural heart of Atlanta”, so an anthropological adventure along that famed corridor seems right on time.  The agenda would include a show at the Fox Theatre, a drink at the Georgian Terrace, a burger at The Vortex, a visit to the High Museum, a pop-in at Perkins+Will to thank them for being our sponsor (shameless plug!), a Southern Cola hand crafted by Greg Best at Holeman & Finch, chips and salsa at Jalisco, a visit with Elton John to see his private art collection, and of course an all expense paid shopping spree at Lenox and Phipps.

Q. What is Sidewalk Radio, and why should everyone tune in?

A.  Sidewalk Radio is a monthly radio show on AM 1690 “The Voice of the Arts” that features local experts and their insights about Atlanta’s creative and cultural community.  The show is very conversational and informative with nods to our developmental history, to dynamic places and movements in a state of flux, and to our hopefully illustrious future.  If you like cool, creative, interesting things and you love Atlanta, then I hope and think you’ll really dig Sidewalk Radio.  Did I mention you can listen anytime on iTunes?!  November’s upcoming show explores the Atlanta restaurant world.  Check it out and enjoy!

 

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