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Escape to Blackberry Farm

When I told friends my wife and I were going to Blackberry Farm, I got one of two responses: “What’s Blackberry Farm?” and “Oh my God, I’m so jealous.” Both reactions are understandable.

Escape to Brasstown Valley Resort

We were taking the long way through North Georgia, made even longer because I kept falling prey to roadside distractions. Turning off the highway for boiled peanuts, I half teased my companion that I was looking for moonshine.

Escape to the Esseola Lodge

Between two peaks on Grandfather Mountain they’ve replaced the fifty-year-old wooden footbridge with one made of galvanized steel, so the famous mile-high swinging bridge doesn’t really swing anymore—but it sings.

Marla Lawson Put a Face to Crime

Marla Lawson’s artwork ranks among the most realistic and recognizable in the country, but no sane collector wants to hang her masterpieces above the mantel. Blame her unwitting models, who have varied in size, coloring, tattoos, and scars but generally share the same gleam in the eye—that look of desperate, crazy malice, with pupils unnaturally dilated or constricted, depending on the drugs.

Natchez Trace

I smelled something dead as I mounted my LeMond. The temperature was already topping 90 degrees before eleven in the morning on the outskirts of...

Georgia’s Olympic Hopefuls

Of the 760 American Olympic athletes who had made their teams by mid-June—when we went to press—twenty-one called Georgia home. That total ranked eleventh in the nation and third in the South, behind Florida (forty-four) and Texas (sixty-three). Georgia has the ninth-largest state population, approaching 10 million, so we’re slightly underperforming (proportionately). Of course, medals are what counts. We’re counting on this Georgia gang to make us proud in London.

Atlanta’s Own Onion: Atlanta Banana

Jim Hodgson, founder and editor in chief of the Atlanta Banana, wanted to give Atlanta its own Onion, a comedy newspaperesque website to send up the city’s foibles. “I’m just a really silly person with the sense of humor of a twelve-year-old,” he admits. Launched in December 2011, it’s become the warped mirror that you can’t help but peruse when ATL drama turns from precious to precarious. Whether the site is lambasting overly aggressive parking enforcement (“PARKAtlanta Introduces PrePark Thought Crime Division”) or mocking local neighborhoods (“Virginia-Highland Area Torn by Brutal Coffee Shop Feud”), it can speak more truth than the Creative Loafing and AJC headlines that inspire its posts.

Charlotte, NC

As I sat on the outdoor patio of the restaurant Halcyon, watching dusk settle over Charlotte’s glittering uptown, sipping a cocktail made from local moonshine, oolong tea, chai, ...

Daddy Blues

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Day of Reckoning: TSPLOST

The Price of Gridlock The Texas Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Report calculates the cost of congestion in 101 urban areas. Among its most recent findings:

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