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Irv Hoffman

The joy of pedaling cross-country—even in your 80s

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.
Scott Valdez VIDA select

Frustrated with online dating, Scott Valdez decided to leave flirting to an expert. Now, it’s his business.

The owner of Atlanta-based VIDA Select explains why single people need an online dating coach
Beltline Cat Guy Atlanta

Jeremy Smith—aka BeltLine Cat Guy—explains life with a feline sitting shotgun

"People see the cat and they see me on the bike, and they get happy. It makes me feel like I have some influence in my life with other people to make them feel happy and maybe even feel a little bit of peace, rather than just negativity."
David Cowan Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ASL Intrepreter

Meet the breakout star of Governor Kemp’s press conferences: sign language interpreter David Cowan

David Cowan’s expressive style of signing frequently captures the public’s attention—most recently when he was interpreting onstage at Governor Brian Kemp’s coronavirus press conferences.
Brother Philip Holy Spirit in Conyers

“A part of me had to die, to open up to newer life.” A monk shares his calling

"Every monk has a unique story, and it all begins with the call." Meet Brother Philip, one of 26 monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
Nicolaus Sherrill

The runner: Nicolaus Sherrill is tracing the boundaries of every Atlanta neighborhood—on foot

I have run on every single highway in this city. I’ve run every section of major railroad. I ran across a couple of lanes of the Connector in order to properly map Midtown.
Kameel Srouji Aviva by Kameel

The happiest chef in Atlanta—Aviva’s Kameel Srouji—explains his secrets. And why he loves you.

I love watching a customer’s face light up after taking a bite of my food. I’m friendly because it’s our tradition: to be generous, hospitable.
Atlanta BeltLine

It’s the best time to be an Atlantan. It might also be the worst.

In the city's constant compulsion to reinvent itself, it lost an important part of itself instead.
Midtown Atlanta traffic

You know when you’re an Atlantan when . . .

We posed this question to our readers. Here's what they told us.

A disability advocate explains the joys—and challenges—of navigating Atlanta

"When I was nine, I was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. I’ve probably uploaded a few hundred pictures of inaccessible sidewalks to Atlanta’s 311 app. The city is typically good about responding. Still, we need to be more proactive than reactive."

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