Reporter Johnny Kauffman spent four months embedded in the Fulton County elections department as its staff fought to protect democracy and their own lives—all while the eyes of the world were on Georgia.
What’s the best way to get more people on bikes? Make it easier and safer to bike by building world-class bike lanes, off-road paths, and mountain-biking trails. Here’s what to expect in the coming year.
From easy rides to heart-stopping climbs, metro Atlanta and beyond have plenty of places to get lost on two wheels.
Can you ever feel comfortable letting children bike solo around a city with countless hills and roaring cars, one that’s still recovering from generations of autocentric planning? Is that traditional rite-of-passage still safe? Absolutely.
Atlanta’s springtime weather, homebound remote workers, and bicycle shops made bicycling more attractive than ever before for newcomers and experienced cyclists alike. So local bike shops did their best to keep up.
Long bike rides during the pandemic didn’t just introduce me to new spots or bring me closer with friends; they forced me to process how I could find the spaces in hardship where I could grow, get lost in thoughts about life, and reframe my challenges.
When you outgrow riding in your neighborhood and on the well-trodden BeltLine, metro Atlanta presents a wealth of places to explore (or just get lost) on two wheels.
Like all cyclists in Atlanta, Black folks who ride bicycles are accustomed to irate car horns and hurled expletives. But it’s also not uncommon for them to receive a surprisingly warm reception—an encouraging gratitude that even the United States’ first cycling world champion, a Black man named Marshall “Major” Taylor, was denied during the height of his career at the turn of the 20th century.
Atlanta is hilly and addicted to cars. But it’s a great place to ride a bicycle and is only getting better with more trails, more bike lanes, and more riders, proving that old car-dependent adage doesn’t have to last forever.
You don’t expect someone with a title like “voting system implementation manager” to end up on 60 Minutes. But Gabriel Sterling was jolted into the national spotlight after disputing the deluge of misinformation regarding election integrity.
Georgia’s literary history is rich with remarkable women writers like Anne Rivers Siddons, Pearl Cleage, Flannery O’Connor, Tayari Jones, and Alice Walker. It’s no surprise that legacy carries into the metro’s brick-and-mortar bookshops.
In 2007, at the age of 69, I decided one day I was going to ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. I thought it would be an adventure.
Richard Tang’s latest mixes Asian cuisines, Ok Yaki seems straight from Japan, and the Chastain opens in a legendary space
The half moon–shaped pastries originated in Spain but took on local flavors and ingredients as they spread throughout Latin America. Typically the size of your palm, they’re perfect for quelling midday hunger pangs.
“Virginia-Highland just got stale; it needed a refresh,” says Gene Kansas, a cultural developer and founder of Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate. “Atlantans wanted current places to go on dates and take their children. [Virginia-Highland] didn’t have what they wanted and needed, so the community went elsewhere.”
Few chefs have had as big an influence on the way I eat as David Sweeney. His innovative Edgewood Avenue restaurant, Dynamic Dish, may have lasted a scant three years—from 2007 to 2010—but it earned a place in the city’s pantheon of meaningful dining experiences.
Interior designer Jamie Krywicki Wilson’s Marietta home workplace is a light and airy retreat.
Need a last-minute trim but your favorite stylist is booked? Craving a massage for sore, stressed-out muscles but don’t feel comfortable in a crowded spa? Both services are just a click away, thanks to a new crop of Atlanta-based mobile-beauty companies.
“At the time, there was not much style and grooming advice for regular men, just a handful of high-fashion magazines like Esquire and GQ,” Marino says. “I realized there might be a market for my advice.”
Lisa Hale is a role model for embracing, celebrating, and reinventing yourself at each stage of life—a passion she explores in her nationally recognized blog, the Silver Stylist.