Welcome to Atlanta! Atlanta, epicenter of both the antebellum and modern South, is pleased to extend Southern hospitality to the 2012 ASHA Convention. From a city burnt to ruins in 1864 to being called “the new Los Angeles” by the Wall Street Journal, Atlanta has a storied past, a vibrant present, and a ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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Welcome to Atlanta!
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  • Hannah Helton, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinician at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where she works in the spinal cord injury unit on the adolescent team and in outpatient day treatment. She participated in the 2012 Leadership Develop Program for clinicians in health care. A lifelong resident of Georgia, she is a member of and serves as holiday event chair for the Junior League of Atlanta. Contact her at hannah_helton@shepherd.org.
    Hannah Helton, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinician at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where she works in the spinal cord injury unit on the adolescent team and in outpatient day treatment. She participated in the 2012 Leadership Develop Program for clinicians in health care. A lifelong resident of Georgia, she is a member of and serves as holiday event chair for the Junior League of Atlanta. Contact her at hannah_helton@shepherd.org.×
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   July 01, 2012
Welcome to Atlanta!
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 33-34. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.17092012.33
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 33-34. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.17092012.33
Atlanta, epicenter of both the antebellum and modern South, is pleased to extend Southern hospitality to the 2012 ASHA Convention. From a city burnt to ruins in 1864 to being called “the new Los Angeles” by the Wall Street Journal, Atlanta has a storied past, a vibrant present, and a bright future. Host to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta serves up its share of cultural (Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art), historic, and whimsical fun.
Home to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta was originally named “Terminus,” and developed as a transportation hub around the modern railroad. As you enter the city, you’ll see the glinting gold of the Capitol—just north of Atlanta was the beginning of the modern gold rush. Atlanta is not easily traversed on foot, so be sure to visit MARTA for bus and train maps through the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority or rent a ZipCar for a few hours or days. However you choose to spend your free time, let the capital of the Empire State of the South educate, entertain, and show you some gracious hospitality. Welcome to Atlanta!
Historical Sites
Margaret Mitchell House 990 Peachtree Street Northeast 404-249-7015
Tour the apartment where Mitchell wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gone with the Wind, published in 1936. Nicknamed “the Dump” by Mitchell herself, the home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Wren’s Nest 1050 Ralph Abernathy Boulevard Southwest 404-753-7735
Regarded as one of the most popular American authors of the 19th and 20th centuries, Joel Chandler Harris lived in this home from 1881 until his death in 1908. His popular Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings has been translated into 40 languages and has never gone out of print.
Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree Street Northeast 404-881-2100
Designated a National Historic Landmark, “The Fox” is an Atlanta institution. It was one of the first buildings in the country to have air conditioning (even before the White House) and boasts a ceiling meant to mimic the night sky, complete with drifting clouds and twinkling stars.
Operated by the National Park Association, this site, named a National Historic Site in 1980, commemorates the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors have access to a guided tour of King’s childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the reflecting pool at The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (King’s final resting place), as well as several exhibits. Please note: Reservations are required to tour King’s childhood home and are accepted only for same-day tours on a first-come, first- served basis (only 15 people are allowed on each tour, so arrive early!).
Notable Sites
CNN Center 190 Marietta Street 404-827-2300
Express yourself at this worldwide leader in news coverage. Multiple tours are available to suit your interests and time limits. The public area of the building includes a food court and retail stores.
Georgia Aquarium 255 Baker Street Northwest 404-581-4000
The Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005 as the world’s largest aquarium and remains so to this date. With more than 10 million gallons of water and 60 exhibits, the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health also serves as a veterinary teaching hospital.
The World of Coca-Cola Museum 121 Baker Street Northwest 404-676-5151
A short walk across a patch of green space from the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola highlights the beverage invented by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886. Sample 60 different beverages from across the world and view artifacts never before seen by the public.
Centennial Olympic Park Centennial Olympic Park Drive Northwest 404-222-7575
This 21-acre park commemorates the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Open year-round, the park features five Olympic rings in its center—each 25 feet wide—and granite from each of the five continents in the Olympics. In winter, the park hosts Atlanta’s only open-air ice skating rink as well as the annual Holidays in Lights event.
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum 441 Freedom Parkway 404-865-7100
Owned and operated by the National Archives and Records Administration of the federal government, the Carter Center houses the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, which is open to the public. An exact replica of the Oval Office as well as gifts given to former President Jimmy Carter are on display, along with special programs and exhibits.
The Food Scene
Holeman and Finch Public House 2277 Peachtree Road NE #B 404-948-1175
When Iron Chef contestant Linton Hopkins opened this Atlanta gastropub in 2009, it was an immediate success. Named that year by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the “Fifty Best New U.S. Restaurants,” the restaurant features an innovative menu of Southern cuisine including deviled eggs, bacon caramel popcorn, Georgia shrimp, and hot chicken. The hamburger, however, is the big draw—only 24 are prepared each night and they sell out in minutes.
Flip Burger Boutique1587 Howell Mill Road and 3655 Roswell Road 404-352-3547
The brainchild of Richard Blais, winner of Top Chef’s All-Stars, this reasonably priced innovation features burgers with lemon sweet tea sauce, sweet potato tots, and not-to-be-missed milkshakes made with liquid nitrogen.
Atlanta Food Truck Park1850 Howell Mill Road
Don’t miss this newest addition to Atlanta’s foodie scene! The food park includes food truck staples like lime fries from Tex’s Tacos, pomegranate margarita popsicles from King of Pops, chocolate-orange gelato from Honeysuckle, and authentic southern barbecue from Sweet Auburn Barbecue. The food truck park also features live music and plays host to the Howell Mill Farmers Market.
The Varsity61 North Ave NW 404-881-1706
The Varsity has been an Atlanta legend since 1928 and is not only the world’s largest drive-in but also the world’s largest single outlet for Coca-Cola. Located near the Georgia Technical Institute, The Varsity serves upwards of 30,000 people on football game days.
Vortex438 Moreland Avenue 404-688-1828
The Vortex has appeared on “Man vs. Food” as well as “Sunday Night Football” and is well known as “The Godfather” of the Atlanta food scene. Although the Little Five Points location is not the flagship, you’ll definitely have a unique experience walking through the entrance shaped like a skull. The Vortex is known for its hamburgers, but its calling card is its ambience. It has a long list of rules, including a “no idiots” policy. It’s one of the few places in the city that allows smoking; please note that children under 18 are not allowed on the premises at any time.
No Más Cantina180 Walker Street 404-574-5678
Located in the Castleberry Hill art district close to downtown, No Más started as a go-to place for furniture, lighting, and unique accessories. After expanding into cuisine, No Más quickly attracted a loyal following. Featuring weekly tequila tastings, this cantina was voted 2011 “Best Breakfast” by CitySearch.
Shopping
Lenox Square Mall3393 Peachtree Road Northeast 404-233-6767
This mall of nearly 250 stores features anchor stores Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus. Specialty stores include Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, and Apple.
Phipps Plaza3500 Peachtree Road Northeast 404-262-0992
Home to more than 100 stores including Versace, Gucci, Tory Burch, and Tiffany & Company, this mall is widely known as Atlanta’s premier shopping destination. Phipps is also home to an AMC movie theater and anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Belk.
Virginia Highlands NeighborhoodIntersection of Virginia & Highland avenues
Historic Virginia Highland is Atlanta’s most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Developed in the early 1900s, it consists of seven distinct commercial “villages” alternating with short, pedestrian-friendly blocks of charming bungalow homes. The neighborhood is acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping. You’ll find trend-setting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, natural linens, rare cigars, distinctive art books, gourmet kitchen wares, fine woodworking and gardening tools, unusual fresh flowers, gelato, unique contemporary, antique, or traditional furniture, and do-it-yourself pottery.
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