The Year in Review: INtown’s Top 10 Stories of 2019

These are AtlantaINtownpaper.com’s most read stories of 2019. Thank you for reading and we look forward to bringing you more news and features in 2020.

10. New Kroger supermarket at 725 Ponce set to open Oct. 16
We were first with the actual opening date, so it brought a lot of traffic to the website. Our contributing photographer Jacob Nguyen happened to be over at 725 Ponce taking photos of the progress and saw that employees had just put a sign out front with the date. The old Kroger was Infamously known as “Murder Kroger,” but it seems “Kroger on Ponce” has become the new identifier and the grocery store is busy as ever.

9. Concert Review: Queen with Adam Lambert at State Farm Arena
Our longtime contributor Manning Harris’ reviews are found exclusively at AtlantaINtownpaper.com as he regularly attends theatre and concerts. His delightful, fan-boying over the rock legends and their new lead singer drew readers from around the globe. You are a champion, Manning!

8. Miracle Mile: Revitalization of Memorial Drive transforms former industrial corridor
Our March cover feature also racked up an impressive number of viewers as Atlanta Dairies, Madison Yards and the Atlanta BeltLine extension were all coming to fruition. The transformation continues with even more homes and projects announced for the busy thoroughfare.

7. Concert Review: Drivin N Cryin, Drive-By Truckers and most of REM play ‘Revival’ to benefit Fox Theatre Institute
Occasionally, one of our reviews draws the ire of fans, and such was the case with my review of this thrilling night at the Fox. I still maintain that Drive-By-Truckers went on wayyyyyy too long. I mean, seriously, how do you top an-almost reunion of REM? You don’t.

6. Sweet Treat: A visit to immersive pop-up Candytopia
Our longtime dining critic Megan Volpert explored this combination art gallery and candy shop that drew crowds to Buckhead for the first half of the year. Never underestimate the power of sweets.

5. Theatre Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ at Atlantic Station
Cirque meets The X Games in this high-energy production featuring aerial acrobatics, trampolines and jaw-dropping BMX. The show continues through Jan. 5, so grab a ticket.

4. BeltLine puts the brakes on e-scooter users, limits parking on trails
This is the first of two stories about the electric scooter proliferation to make our Top 10 list. The influx of dockless vehicles was a hot topic all year long, but mounting complaints by Atlanta BeltLine users saw the city impose a speed limit on the Eastside Trail.

3. Wall collapses at former Masquerade during redevelopment work
One of our most-read stories of the year happened just last week, when construction crews accidentally dug too close to the fragile foundation of the 118-year old Excelsior Mill during a renovation project to transform the site into an office complex called The Mill.

2. Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso part of High Museum’s next big exhibition 
After the blockbuster “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition, the High didn’t rest on its laurels. The follow up was “European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection,” which brought together an astonishing collection of old masters to Midtown.

1.  City of Atlanta imposes nighttime ban on e-scooters and e-bikes
After four people were killed riding the e-scooters and ongoing complaints by the public, the city banned nighttime usage of the devices in early August. Several of the device operators have since pulled out of the market and the city has imposed tougher restrictions on dockless devices, to varying results.

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