I love Atlanta and I love social media. So it makes sense that I love smart, engaging content about our city on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc.
Here are a few that consistently impress, inform and entertain. I would love to know about more, so peruse your bookmarks, favorites and lists, and share some recommendations.
These generally aren’t from professional organizations or focused on entertainment events. They’re mostly from people sharing good stuff about topics like development, transportation, interesting people on the scene… business and the arts, traffic, shopping, etc… Salud!
1. ATLUrbanist. Darin’s smart passion for better city living shines through in his readable, savvy blog and tweets. He’s constructive, articulate and shares great photos and links. I follow him on Twitter @atlurbanist. You can find him, and the others, too, of course, on Facebook. Here’s what he says in his Tumblr blog intro:
I’m Darin. I live downtown with my family and these are my locally-grown, organically-produced thoughts on Atlanta + good urbanism. Not an urban planner, I’m an urbanist and an engaged citizen.
2. A Modern Ghost on Instagram. I like Instagram shots that are graphically striking images of cityscapes. Doesn’t hurt if they’re a little cold and distant and still, somehow, glamorous. Ryan Vizzions does this really well with architecture, transportation — and beautiful women, graffiti and other fresh angles on Atlanta.
3. The Atlanta 100 blog. PR vet and former journalist Chris Schroder had a clever idea for a blog/enewsletter: 100-word stories, 100-second videos on topics of interest. It’s fun, breezy and substantial, for folks who just want a little morsel on a wide range of news and views. Recent posts include a video interview with marketing whiz Ken Bernardt, a history (short, yeah) of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and some basic info on Music Midtown.
4. Why I Love ATL on Instagram. Short and sweet description says it perfectly well: Capturing the beauty of the city ❤
5. Curbed Atlanta gives lots of short updates and good images on neighborhoods and real estate news. The blog is terrific, but I tend to prefer it on Twitter @CurbedAtlanta. Some good headlines/links include From Dump To Delight: Kirkwood Renovation Asks $309K, and Proof: Pockets of ATL Have Transformed in Recent Years. And I like this Visual Journey that shows The Changing Face of Brookhaven’s Dresden Drive.
6. Bitter Southerner. Well, who doesn’t love it, right? If you’re not familiar, get familiar. The Twitter bio, @SouthernBitter, says “We celebrate — usually with cocktails — the crafts and culture of the modern South.” But don’t let the pithiness deceive you. On the blog, you’ll find the kind of long-form journalistic reporting and opinion we used to find in the best newspapers — but with an Internet-smart feel, too.
We’re here for a reason: to shed light on what it means to be a Southerner. Not what it meant to be a Southerner 20 years ago, and certainly not what it meant 120 years ago. Instead, let’s talk about what it means to be a Southerner today.
Check out the widely lauded take on downtown’s new National Center for Civil & Human Rights.
7. Atlanta Time Machine. The final entry here is a tough one. Not because I’m unsure of its quality and stature. The blog is fantastic, with
a plethora of then-and-now photos of Atlanta through the decades, scores of old postcards, and miscellaneous ephemeral stuff like old advertising for nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. In short, the site features a virtually endless supply of ‘historical’ stuff you probably won’t find elsewhere.
It’s smartly adapted on Facebook, too. There you can find a link to an article in the AJC about the Time Machine’s creator, Greg Germani, remaining in critical condition after a shocking and horrifying attack by a motorist while Germani rode his bicycle. It’s one of those hard-to-believe things. How could someone do this? And what sad, twisted side to the story of Atlanta does it reveal?
There’s a reward to find the driver who, policy say, intentionally ran Germani down.
Along with countless other people, I’m wishing Germani a full and fast recovery.
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