7. Pinhole camera on 17th Street Bridge
An art project that was mistaken for a bomb, this camera made from a soda can and duct tape shut down 75, 85, AND Marta, meaning pretty much everyone was stranded. We’re relatively certain the college kid who created this art project did not receive an A.
Think Snowpocalypse, but with mud instead of ice, woods instead of highways, and over 100,000 “medicated” ravers instead of frozen commuters. One of the all-time worst festival debacles in the history of festival debacles, TomorrowWorld 2015 will be remembered solely for its inability to plan an outdoor festival that might have to contend with... the outdoors. If you made it through this one with your enthusiasm for techno music not having soured even a little bit, you’re a true believer of the highest order. Or the drugs did their job stupendously.
9. Moving the Braves
If you’ve ever driven through the Cobb Cloverleaf in any direction during rush hour -- which in Atlanta, means “daytime” -- you are probably trying to think of ways to avoid doing so after SunTrust Park (the new home of the Braves) opens in April 2017. Most everybody that commutes through Cumberland is dreading what will happen on weeknight games, especially Friday nights. If you thought the Braves traffic on the Downtown Connector was bad, just wait until they have the ballgames in an area that has almost nothing in the way of transit, and is completely devoid of any semblance of a surface street grid. If you know all the back ways in and out of Turner Field through the surrounding neighborhoods, give yourself a pat on the back. There are about three ways in and out of SunTrust Park, and 40,000 people will be fighting you for access to them.
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Brook Bolen is an Atlanta-based writer who wrote a lot of this sitting in traffic. Follow her at @BrookBolen.