We'll rarely turn down an opportunity to flaunt what our city's made of. So when we heard that NPR is looking for submissions from city-dwellers 'round the country to share the nooks and crannies that make up the beating heart of their towns, our inner ATL rolodex immediately started flicking from street corner to market to neighborhood. There are plenty of local landmarks any Atlantan worth his salt can rattle off, but what about the places that really feel like the heart of the city? The places where you're immersed in real Atlanta (not swallowed up by tourism)? We've got a couple ideas...but we want to hear yours, too.
A few ideas from your trusty Scoutmob writers:
-a snapshot of Octane Westside, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., when the line is out the door and the baristas are gracefully humoring the foggy-eyed mumblers who haven't had their caffeine just yet.
-the sights and sounds of Plaza Fiesta on the weekends. ATL's a melting pot, y'all.
-the view from the roof of the Cotton Mill, overlooking the CSX train yard and the Marta rail. Hey, this is Terminus.
-the hustle and bustle of the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
-pardon the cliche, but it's true: a snapshot of Piedmont Park on a sunny weekend afternoon. Just try standing in the midst of the Frisbees, dogs, strollers, weird drum circles, picnics, and impromptu soccer games, looking up at the Midtown skyline, and telling us that doesn't feel like Atlanta. You can't!
-After midnight at the Majestic. All walks of life, all hours of the night.
Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Twitter, and then go take that snapshot (or sound recording), tack on a 300-word description, and tell NPR why it's the <3 of ATL.