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August 2012: Big Ideas

FEATURES
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MORE IN THE MAGAZINE
Weed eaters · Atlanta's own Onion · Archives of the SCLC at Emory · New boutiques

Atlanta Magazine Groundbreakers
A possibe HIV vaccine, the redevelopment of City Hall East, and nine other people and projects shaping the future of the city. 

The Innovation Index
Twenty-four breakthroughs, bright ideas, and brave new advances.
Written and reported by Rebecca Burns, Michele Cohen Marill, Stephanie Minor, and Scott Roberts

The MARTA Compromise of 1971
By Doug Monroe

View From the Brain Trust
Eight experts weigh in on the challenges ahead. 

Mayor Kasim Reed's Projects
A view from City Hall. 
By Kasim Reed (as told to Scott Henry)

Five ideas we're rooting for
Of which four actually exist. 
By The Editors

FOOD & DINING
Review With the Spence, Atlanta's prodigal Top Chef returns to the kitchen. But will he stay put?
Food & Faith Ramadan ends with friends and abated hunger
Culinary Character Storico Fresco uses long-lost recipes for novel pastas
Discovery A native Mississippian reclaims her roots cooking tamales and pig ears
Geering Local Heirloom Watermelons
Food Trends A case study of connoisseurs who impressed and amateurs who distressed with their culinary choices
Recipe Billy Allin's green beans agrodolce
> GALLERY: Photos of Allin preparing the recipe
New Restaurants Ariana Afghan Cuisine and Curly's Fried Chicken

LIFE & STYLE
Hot Shop 5 Questions for Southern fave Billy Reid
Getaway Charlotte, North Carolina
Celebrity Watch
V-103's new voice is a familiar face to HGTV addicts
Rediscovery Susan Seid revives Vera Neumann's colorful prints
Bookshelf Emily Giffin on her latest, Where We Belong

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Arts
Guerrilla bookseller Vouched Atlanta promotes indie presses
Metro Vision Georgia athletes hope to medal in London
Entertainment Dad's Garage cofounder guest-directs at Aurora Theater
Events
Living Walls Conference, J. Lo and Enrique at Phipps Area, and AJC Decatur Book Festival

COLUMNS
Hollis Gillespie
parents standing out
Editor's Note On funding transportation projects