Yes, you read that headline correctly: Atlanta INtown turns 25 this year. That’s a quarter of a century, folks. Along the way, we have watched the city grow into its “international city” moniker starting with the 1996 Summer Olympics and designation as busiest airport in the world to the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine and the explosive growth in the business and technology sectors.

For those of you who are newcomers to the magazine, INtown actually began as a seriously hyperlocal publication called Atlanta 30306, named after founder Chris Schroder’s zip code in Morningside. There would eventually be separate publications called 30305, Atlanta Downtown and Atlanta Real Estate before consolidating under the name Atlanta INtown.

INtown has survived and thrived the onslaught of the Internet and the economic downturn, and we continue to evolve in how we cover and bring you our special blend of local news and features. Our monthly print publication is augmented by our website at, which is updated daily, and our busy social media hubs on Facebook and Twitter.

Later this year, INtown will roll out its first podcasts offering fun and informative takes on arts, culture, food, real estate, sustainability and more. We’re gearing up for a launch in April to coincide with our annual “Green Issue,” so stay tuned.

And while our 25th anniversary doesn’t technically roll around until November (watch for a very special issue that month!), we’re celebrating all year long with the revival of Ann Taylor Boutwell’s A Look Back column. You can read it exclusively in our print or digital edition. Boutwell, who passed away at age 81 this past August, was INtown’s longtime historian and columnist. We couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to Ann and INtown’s legacy than to bring back her beloved snapshot of the city’s history. We hope you enjoy it.

Happy New Year!

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.